The Dio­cese of Portsmouth

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He could have died at least three times – but the Rev Paul Gin­ever be­lieves God has kept him alive for a rea­son. The 65-year-old will re­tire this month af­ter 15 years as vicar of St Mary’s Church, Hayling Is­land, and 42 years as a cler­gy­man. In the past 18 years, he has been di­ag­nosed with cancer three times. He’s had treat­ment for a melon-sized tu­mour in his chest, for stomach cancer and for bowel cancer. He’s grate­ful for the sup­port of his fam­ily, friends and con­gre­ga­tion. So it is ap­pro­pri­ate that his farewell ser­vice at St Mary’s on 25 May will in­volve him bap­tis­ing his lat­est grand­child, Drew. “It’s a cliché, but you do re­alise what mat­ters in life – not what you’ve got, but the people around you,” he said. “I’ve been prayed for around the world, by people of vir­tu­ally ev­ery de­nom­i­na­tion. I wouldn’t be here with­out the com­bi­na­tion of mod­ern medicine, the love of God and the sup­port of oth­ers.

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