Archbishop Justin Welby visited the diocese between Wednesday 2nd and Saturday 5th May. The Most Reverend Justin Welby met people throughout the city and county which profoundly shaped his mission and ministry for fifteen years.
Having been ordained in Coventry Cathedral in 1992, Justin Welby was a curate in Nuneaton and then a rector in Southam. He later served at Coventry Cathedral from 2002 to 2007, where he became the Canon for Reconciliation Ministry. A decade later he is frequently seen wearing the Coventry Cross of Nails.
Archbishop Justin returned home to help celebrate the Centenary of the Diocese of Coventry. The diocese, in its current form, was created in 1918. At the same time, the old parish church of St Michael became the cathedral of the new diocese.
He returned to Coventry and Warwickshire at the invitation of the Bishop of Coventry, who says:
“It was very exciting to be able to welcome the Archbishop of Canterbury back to the Diocese he knows so well as part of our centenary celebrations. There’s much that’s new that we showed Archbishop Justin but we also celebrated what our forebears did in the past – to live out the reconciling, transforming, life-affirming love of God and to share it with all the people of Coventry and Warwickshire.”
From 2nd to 5th May, Archbishop Justin met civic and religious leaders, refugees, asylum seekers, farmers, school children, teachers, students, business leaders, performers in the Arts, hospital patients and staff.
Archbishop Justin says:
“I was absolutely delighted to visit the Diocese of Coventry and see how churches are sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with the communities they serve.
“Coventry is one of the most special places in this country. It’s been shaped by its history and reimagined itself several times. In the aftermath of profound struggle and suffering, it has remade itself as a beacon of hope, hospitality and reconciliation in the most exciting and extraordinary way.
“Having had the privilege of serving in the Diocese for 15 years, I was particularly excited to see how it continues to live out its calling as a reconciling and life-giving expression of God’s love for the world.”