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Archbishop to visit Sheffield

Archbishop at Elsecar Steam Railway (photo courtesy of Geoff Daniel)

Tuesday 17th May 2011

The Archbishop of York will spend two days (18 and 19 May) in the Diocese of Sheffield. During his time in the Diocese, Dr John Sentamu will visit Rossington, Doncaster, Elsecar and Sheffield.

In anticipation of the Archbishop’s visit, the Bishop of Sheffield, Dr Steven Croft, has said: “Our aim is to give the Archbishop an idea of some of the issues affecting people’s lives in the Diocese as well as celebrating many things we are deeply grateful for”.

The Archbishop will visit All Saint’s CE Academy in Rossington and Doncaster College, one of the largest providers of Further and Higher Education in South Yorkshire.  At Doncaster HMP and Youth Offenders Institute, Dr Sentamu (a former prison chaplain in Richmond, Surrey) is to tour the prison and will have the opportunity to meet with prisoners and staff.

The Archbishop will attend a civic reception at the Mansion House where he will have an opportunity to see an exhibition on the regeneration of Doncaster and will meet business and community representatives.

All parishes in the Diocese have been invited to send representatives to Elsecar Heritage Centre, where the Archbishop will speak on his vision for the mission of the Church in the contemporary world and the evening will finish with a question and answer session.

During the second day, the Archbishop will meet with South Yorkshire business leaders at Cutlers’ Hall. He will tour Sheffield Forgemasters and discuss the role of industrial chaplaincy both at the engineering site and in South Yorkshire.

After the Archbishop has presided at the midday Eucharist at Sheffield Cathedral, he will see the plans for the Cathedral’s new entrance and visitor facilities and learn more of the Cathedral Archer Project; a day centre for the homeless and vulnerable in Sheffield.

The ‘Big Society’ will be the topic of discussion at the Attercliffe/Darnall Family Development Project (a Church/local authority sponsored project to support family life in a deprived area). After a short tour of the project, the Archbishop will give a talk outlining his views on community engagement.

The two day visit to the Diocese of Sheffield comes to a close after the Archbishop attends the Cutlers’ Feast in the Cutlers’ Hall.

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