Remembering the Rev. Paul Hocking (1943-2023)

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The announcement sent last week regarding the death of the Rev. Paul Hocking had incorrect information, including incorrectly listing his full name. While no formal obituary has yet been published, the following information has been offered by Church Times UK and Grace and St. John’s, Hamden.


The Reverend Paul Hocking

August 7, 1943 – December 11, 2023

The Rev. Paul Hocking died on December 11, 2023, in New Haven, CT.

Paul grew up in New Haven, served in the US Air Force, and, while serving in England, studied for ordination in the Church of England. He then went on to serve parishes across England including as Vicar of All Hallows’, Ipswich (1989-91), Priest-in-Charge and Vicar of Great Cornard (1991-98), Priest-in-Charge and Rector of Woolpit with Drinkstone (1998-2005).

Paul and his wife Mary, returned to Connecticut and joined Grace and St Peter’s, Hamden (now Grace and St. John’s, Hamden). Paul filled in for the Rev. Amanda Gott during her maternity leave in 2013. Among his many contributions to parish life at Grace and St. Peter’s, he is fondly remembered for his leadership of the monthly “Older and Wiser” luncheons.

A memorial service will be held at in England at a time to be arranged. Additional information will be posted on Grace and St. John’s, Hamden’s In Memoriam page as it becomes available.


Ecclesiastes 12:7

And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the breath returns to God who gave it.


Matthew 5:4

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Let Us Pray

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Paul. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

May the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.