The Most Rev. Arnold Henry Legg

bishop_1Rev.A.H. Legg commenced his service Bishop Legg had an impressive stature South Travancore in 1924 as a and bearing, aristocratic conduct and issionary of the LMS. He served in administrative acumen. To crown all these, he Trivandrum for a period of 31 years as the evinced a strong pastoral concern for the President of the Travancore Church Council, people. As the founder Bishop of the South President of South India United Church, as the Travancore and the South Kerala Dioceses, Bishop of the South Travancore and South Bishop Legg’s strong leadership was very vital Kerala Dioceses and as the Moderator of the and invaluable for the two dioceses in their Church of South India. He also served in critical formative years. He spoke chaste Quilon Mission as the District Evangelistic Malayalam. Missionary from 1934 to 1944. In 1966, Bishop Legg retired from the In 1947, when the Church of South bishopric ofthe SouthKerala Diocese to return India was inaugurated, he was consecrated to his home country, England. Thereafter he and installed as the first Bishop of the newly served a small congregational parish at Hind formed South Travancore Diocese (also the Head, England, for a few years. In 1973 he first ever Bishop of this parish). Consequent retired from active service. He had his home to the bifurcation of the South Travancore call in 1980. Diocese in 1959 into Kanyakumari and South This parish had the privilege of Kerala Dioceses, he was installed as the first enjoying the fellowship of Rev. Legg and Bishop of the South Kerala Diocese. In 1962, members of his family, while he was the he was elected as the Moderator of the Church Evangelistic Missionary in Quilon. Rev. Legg of South India to succeed Most. served this church as acting pastor for brief Rev.H.Sumitra. As the Moderator of the spells between 1935 and 1938 during the Church of South India, he attended the absence of incumbent pastors. Christ Church historic Second Vatican Council of the Roman pays its humble homage to the revered Catholic Church, as an observer. memory of this great leader.