Archbishop Justin on Canterbury's 'unique and special journey'
Thursday 21st March 2013
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I must confess Canterbury is one of the few places in England my family and I have not lived during the past thirty years. But although it’s not part of the world I know especially well, that is set to change dramatically after I am inaugurated as Archbishop of Canterbury today. This is something I’m extremely pleased and excited about.
Recently someone explained to me why Canterbury is so important to whoever takes on the top job in the Church of England. They said the Diocese of Canterbury is a place where the Archbishop can be grounded and refreshed. And judging by the workload of my predecessor, Dr Rowan Williams, I’m sure I will relish spending time in this historic, beautiful city.
But perhaps more importantly, Canterbury is also where the Archbishop can do his work as a priest and a bishop – work which remains absolutely vital. Having this close connection to Canterbury and its people is something I am looking forward to enormously.
Canterbury has been on a unique and special journey for centuries now. Recently it has thrived under the leadership of the Bishop of Dover – and it continues to evolve into what God is calling it to be. So I’m looking forward immensely to walking some of that journey with you.
In particular I’m looking forward to visiting churches and being immersed in the life of this ancient diocese. I’m sure I will learn a great deal from you, and I’m looking forward to spending time with you in the months and years ahead.