Friday, 30 September 2011

Archbishop of York to visit Lancaster next week

Image: Archbishop of York web site
The Archbishop of York, The Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu will be visiting Lancaster on Thursday 6th October as part of a two day visit to the Diocese of Blackburn.

Following a visit to St Peter’s Heysham, Archbishop Sentamu will arrive at Lancaster Priory at 12 noon, where he will launch a new “Virtual Tour” of the Priory based on “QR Codes” which can be read by smart phones. Using state of the art 21st Century technology, he will learn about a Roman Oil-Lamp bearing a Christian symbol which was discovered in the church grounds early in the 20th Century, and which may suggest that Christian worship took place on Castle Hill in Lancaster in the Roman period.

This object is now on display in the Priory, on loan from the Lancaster City Museum.

The Archbishop will also meet members of the Lancaster Priory Organ Project team, who secured a Heritage Lottery Fund bid to install two historic pipe organs in the Priory, which have been recovered from other churches in Lancashire. The organ builders who are now responsible for the largest building project in the Priory for over a century will explain the current state of the organ building process to the Archbishop.

He will then move on to Christ Church, where he will meet volunteers from the Night Shelter Project, which has fed and accommodated homeless men and women in Lancaster for nearly 20 years.

He will also visit Lancaster and District Homeless Association, where he will talk to the homeless over coffee, before returning to Christ Church where he will then join members of the over 60s club in their monthly meeting for lunch.

Lancaster University will be the Archbishop’s last stop in Lancaster before heading to Blackburn. Dr Sentamu will be welcomed by the Pro Vice Chancellor and will have the opportunity to visit Freshers’ Fayre and talk to students.

John Sentamu was born in Uganda in 1949, the sixth of thirteen children. Married to Margaret Sentamu, they have two grown up children and two grown up foster children.

Lancaster Priory Official web site

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