Leonard Prestige

George Leonard Prestige (1889–1955) was Fellow and Chaplain of New College, Oxford. His theological research showed particular competence in patristics and touched on ancient philosophy, e.g.; in God in Patristic Thought (1952). He is perhaps best known for his illuminating and in places entertaining work, Fathers and Heretics (1954), given initially as Bampton Lectures in 1940. Prestige also wrote a biography of Charles Gore (1935), and St Paul's in its Glory (1955).

From 1920 to 1944, Prestige held the country living of Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire. Many of his early books were written there. He also served as deputy editor of the Church Times, succeeding as editor in 1941 and serving until 1948.[1]

In 1949 Prestige was secretary of the Church of England Council for Foreign Relations. He was also sent by Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher to Rome to explore avenues for ecumenical dialogue in the course of which he met with Msgr Montini, the future Pope Paul VI.[2] At his death Prestige was Canon Treasurer of St. Paul's Cathedral.[3]


  1. History of the Church Times retrieved 6 October 2006.
  2. Peter Hebblethwaite, Paul VI: The First Modern Pope (New York: Paulist Press, 1993): 223.
  3. "Canon George Prestige". (20 January 1955) New York Times obituary: 31.

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