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Archbishop of York visits Wakefield

Archbishop of York

Wednesday 6th April 2011

Dr John Sentamu, is spending two days visiting church and community projects and meeting with clergy, church and local leaders on a visit across the Wakefield Diocese.

The Archbishop will begin his visit at historic Dewsbury Minster. He will learn more about the re-development of the historic site where St Paulinus is said to have stayed on his pilgrimage during the 7th century and find out about the Minster's creative programme of heritage, education and interfaith work before visiting a nearby mosque to meet and talk about interfaith relations with local imams and clergy.

In Wakefield he will join the Dean, the Very Rev Jonathan Greener and meet a lunchtime audience at one of the Cathedral's Conversations.

In Barnsley, he will meet with staff and pupils of St Michael's RC and CE School – and hear of its exciting redevelopment plans – before travelling to Athersley, one of the most deprived areas of the diocese to meet with clergy and staff who run the Romero Centre – a one stop advice shop for local people to find help with alcohol problems and debt.

He will end his first day at Cannon Hall Farm, Cawthorne where he will hear first hand the problems facing farmers today from members of the South Pennines Farming Support Project, local arable and dairy farmers and the Diocesan Advisers for Rural Affairs.

The second day will see the Archbishop in the Halifax area visiting the new Trinity Academy before travelling to see the educational and support project for asylum seekers at St Augustine's Centre. He will complete his stay with a visit to Dean Clough and the University of Huddersfield.

Welcoming the news, the Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Rev Stephen Platten said:

"We are delighted to welcome the Archbishop of York to the diocese. It's a great pleasure to be able to show him the diverse nature of this part of the Northern Province.

"I know that he will be a great encouragement to all those he meets as together we seek to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom of God here," he added.

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