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Archbishop of York visits Durham Diocese

Archbishop of York visits Durham Diocese
The Most Reverend Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York is to visit the Diocese of Durham next Monday 22 April and Tuesday 23 April 2013. The Archbishop will be coming to Durham to see the work of the Diocese in community engagement, to look at church growth projects and meet with some of the people involved. Dr Sentamu regularly visits Dioceses within the Northern Province.  Highlights of this two-day visit include a keynote address about local democracy at a dinner in Sunderland, a special visit to a Durham Prison looking at the work of the Prison Chaplain, a visit to a newly formed Church of England primary school in Redhouse Sunderland; a service at Sunderland Minster and meeting with an asylum seekers group in Stockton. Dr Sentamu, will be accompanied on all visits by the Bishop of Jarrow. The Rt Revd Mark Bryant is standing in as caretaker for the Diocese whilst a new Bishop of Durham is sought. This follows Justin Welby’s acceptance of his new position as Archbishop of Canterbury earlier this year. The Rt Revd Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow said: “I am delighted to be welcoming Dr Sentamu back to Durham, and I am thrilled that he is able to visit us at this time as we continue to focus on making a difference in all our communities in some of the most difficult socio/economic conditions that the region has faced for generations. I am especially looking forward to showing him around a few of the many exciting projects that we have running in the Diocese and the impact that they are making to our communities.” Paul Watson, the leader of Sunderland City council, who will host the dinner for Dr Sentamu at Washington Old Hall, said: “We are delighted to be able to welcome the Archbishop of York to Sunderland. This will be the first formal visit made by the Archbishop to Sunderland since 2009. We are sure that he will have a fulfilling day meeting talented pupils and students from our city, and talking with people involved in inspiring initiatives such as the Hetton New Dawn Project. “These projects all seek to make the most of people’s potential, which is so important for the future confidence of each of those involved, and for the city itself. “Dr Sentamu will also have the chance to see some of the regeneration projects taking place in Sunderland, which offer new opportunities for local people and add to the quality of life across the city. We look forward to what we hope will be an uplifting, memorable day for the Archbishop of York in Sunderland.” Images from the Archbishops visit:  

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