Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Armagh

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Rev Justin Welby, will visit Armagh city on Thursday October 4 for a service in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland cathedral.

This will be Archbishop Welby’s first visit to the Irish primatial city and he comes as guest of the Church of Ireland primate Archbishop Richard Clarke.

He will join in a service of evensong in the cathedral.

The Dean of Armagh, the Rev Gregory Dunstan, said: “Since his appointment to Canterbury, Archbishop Welby has become known for thoughtful and clear-sighted Christian leadership, both in the Church of England and in the worldwide Anglican Communion.

“He comes to Armagh as guest of our primate Archbishop Clarke. His visit, however, is to Ireland as a province of the Anglican Communion, and to the city and diocese of Armagh, with its ancient inheritance from St Patrick.”

“We look forward to welcoming him to St Patrick’s cathedral,” added the Dean.

The service is expected to have an ecumenical theme, with representatives of the other main churches likely to be in attendance.