Advanced search Click here for the website of the current Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby

This is an archived website containing material relating to Dr Rowan Williams’ time as Archbishop of Canterbury, which ended on 31st December 2012

Skip Content

Jamaica set to welcome the Archbishop of York to help celebrate the 50th Year of Independence

ABY with Minister of State for Tourism and Entertainment, the Rt Hon Damian Crawford, at St James' Church, Montego Bay

Monday 9th January 2012

2012 marks one of the most important years in Jamaica’s history, the 50th anniversary of her Independence. To help launch celebrations, Dr. John Sentamu has confirmed a visit to the island, supported by the Jamaica Tourist Board and The Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman, from 21st – 31st January 2012.

The Archbishop, a leading figure from the Church of England and his wife Margaret, will spend a full week in Jamaica, which covers two Sundays enabling him to lead resulting two services; an ecumenical service in Montego Bay and a special service at the Cathedral in Spanish Town. In addition to this both he and his wife will spend time meeting with the people of Jamaica, Ministers of the Church, selected leaders of the country as well as enjoying the very best that Jamaica has to offer as a destination.

Following his appointment as Archbishop of York in 2005, Dr. John Sentamu became the second most senior clergyman in the Church of England, having a major influence on the way British society engages with faith issues. The Ugandan born minister has brought new life and energy to the Church with his spiritual zeal, and direct talking.

Regional Director of the Jamaica Tourist Board, Elizabeth Fox said of the visit: “2012 marks the start of a significant year in Jamaica’s history, with the 50th anniversary of Independence. Therefore, when planning the official events that will take place throughout the year, the Jamaica Tourist Board considered there no better way of launching these celebrations by way of a visit from The Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu.

“Jamaicans are deeply religious people and in fact, Jamaica has more churches per square mile than any other country in the world. We hope therefore that religious groups and Jamaican Diaspora in the UK will see this as an opportunity to go back and visit during the Archbishop’s visit.”

Dr. John Sentamu said: “I am looking forward to visiting Jamaica as it celebrates 50 years of independence, and sharing in the celebrations.”

For more information, please visit 

About the Jamaica Tourist Board

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. The JTB was declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards (WTA) from 2006 to 2010. Also in 2010, Jamaica earned the WTA’s vote for the World’s Leading Cruise Destination, Caribbean’s Leading Destination and Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination for the fourth consecutive year. Additionally, Montego Bay was named the World’s Leading Beach Destination, Ocho Rios was named the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port and Sangster International Airport was voted the Caribbean’s Leading Airport.                                                                                                                                 

JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Düsseldorf, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam and Tokyo. 

For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the Jamaica Tourist Board’s Web site at, or call the Jamaica Tourist Board on 020 7225 9090.

Back · Back to top