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Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu to visit Liverpool Hope University

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu will visit Liverpool Hope University to meet students and answer their questions as part of a special visit to the region.

Dr Sentamu, who announced in October that he will retire in June 2020, will be at the University’s Hope Park Campus on Friday (March 8) at 1:30pm.

He will meet students and take part in a question and answer session in the Senate Room.

The Church of England's second most senior clergyman and the UK's first black archbishop, Dr Sentamu is coming to Merseyside for a weekend of activities called ‘Tell, Serve, Give’.

He will also visit a walking football match at Anfield Sports and Community Centre, take part in a mass clean-up of Formby beach with the National Trust and visit Alsop School in Walton and King George V Sixth Form College in Southport.

The Archbishop will launch the activities with a special one hour commissioning service at Liverpool Cathedral on Thursday (March 7) at 2pm.

Archbishop Sentamu said: “It is wonderful that the churches across the Diocese of Liverpool have committed to Tell, Serve, Give: together we are telling our families, friends, neighbours about the love of God as made known to us in Jesus Christ.

“Churches are engaging in a huge variety of events as they seek to serve others and to show God’s love in their local community.

“This will be a great weekend. I am looking forward to meeting many people across the Diocese and hope to see you at one of these fantastic events.”

Dr Sentamu was enthroned at York Minster in November 2005 in a ceremony that broke with tradition and included drums and dancers.

In a statement, Dr Sentamu said he would retire in June 2020 but had decided to break the news now to give the Church time to find a successor.

The exact date of his retirement is 7 June 2020, three days before his 71st birthday.

Dr Sentamu was born near Kampala in 1949 and was the sixth of 13 children.

He practised law in the High Court of Uganda before fleeing to Britain in 1974 after persecution under Idi Amin's regime.

He rose through the Church of England and was tipped for the top role of Archbishop of Canterbury before Justin Welby was appointed in 2013.

Before his promotion to York he had been Bishop of Birmingham since 2002.

Published on 05/03/2019