Death of Neville Bowers
It is with great sadness we inform the Diocesan family of the death of Neville Bowers.
Neville died peacefully on Wednesday 23rd March 2016 with his wife, Helen and family by his side at the Orange Health Service Hospital.
Neville and Helen Bowers were the founding members of Shalom House of Prayer at Carcoar in 1975. A convert to the Catholic Church in 1973, Neville sought through prayer and meditation, the will of God in his life - the direction he should travel and the pursuits he should follow. In 1974 Neville received the words, “Go to Carcoar, reopen the old Convent and make it a place where my people can find or renew their relationship with Me”.
He was faithful to this calling and the vision. He established the House of Prayer on a firm foundation; he oversaw the renovation and repairs required for the buildings to accommodate and care for the many hundreds of people who over the years would pass through the doors of Shalom. Neville went about his tasks as Director of Shalom for 16 years, with no fanfare, empowered by the constancy of his prayer life and the depth of his relationship with the One who had chosen him.
Throughout his devotion to “Shalom”, Neville also remained faithful to his first call to be a loving husband, father and grandfather; Even in retirement Neville remained a gentle guiding influence and wise counsel for the Community members who were to follow the call to Shalom and in many ways remained the spiritual head of the House. Neville's legacy can best be described in the words of Helen's dedication at the front of her book, "Let the Bell's Ring Out":
For my husband, Neville Bowers, whose searching led him to rediscover God whose longing opened him to Jesus, the Word of God and who was empowered by the Spirit of God to: “Go to Carcoar, reopen the old Convent and make it a place where My people can find or renew their relationship with Me.”.