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UCLan to welcome Archbishop of York

30 October 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is set to welcome The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, to the University next week as part of a wider visit to the region.

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The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is set to welcome The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, to the University next week as part of a wider visit to the region.

While the Archbishop is in the Diocese he will carry out a number of key engagements including a visit to the UCLan Chaplaincy and Multi-faith Centre, which also celebrates its 25th birthday the same week, to meet students from a variety of faiths as well as members of the University Directorate.

Archbishop Sentamu said: “I am looking forward to my visit to Blackburn Diocese on 4-5 November, my first since Bishop Julian Henderson became Diocesan Bishop in 2013. They’ve put together a fantastic programme in which I’ll meet school children; students and chaplains from the University of Central Lancashire, join in an interfaith group and also worship at Preston Minster.”

“I am looking forward to my visit to Blackburn Diocese on 4-5 November, my first since Bishop Julian Henderson became Diocesan Bishop in 2013. They’ve put together a fantastic programme in which I’ll meet school children; students and chaplains."

Canon Andrew Clitherow, Chaplain and Convenor of the UCLan Multi-Faith Centre, commented: “We are much looking forward to welcoming the Archbishop to the Multi-Faith Centre and to discussing with him the different ways in which the Chaplaincy supports those of all faiths in a diverse community.”

As well as visiting UCLan the Archbishop will also visit St Michael’s High School in Chorley, Blackburn Cathedral, Preston Minster, St John’s Church in Accrington and St John’s Church in Hurst Green. The highlight of his trip will be a free mission event called Light in Darkness at Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Anticipating the visit, Lancashire’s Anglican Bishop Rt Rev Julian Henderson said: “I know I speak for everyone in the Diocese when I say I am looking forward to welcoming the Archbishop of York to Lancashire and showing him some of the great work being done by the Church in this region.”

Follow @cofelancs for updates on the Archbishop’s visit and view a video message from Dr John Sentamu about his forthcoming visit to Lancashire. Video from Dr John Sentamu