Archbishop of Canterbury Visit to Hereford Diocese


The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, the leader of the Church of England, will visit Herefordshire and Shropshire this autumn on a three-day tour of the Hereford Diocese.

The Archbishop’s visit will focus on the work spearheaded by the Rt Revd Richard Frith, the Bishop of Hereford, who retires later this year.

His mission in the Hereford Diocese over the past five years has been to inspire people to follow Jesus Christ. The key priorities for the diocese have been re-imagining the work of the church for the 21st Century, the growth of the church and contributing to the common good.

The Archbishop’s visit, from Monday October 14th to Wednesday October 16th, will include opportunities for the Archbishop to meet a wide range of people and be a part of the mission of the diocese.

The full itinerary for the Archbishop’s visit will be released shortly.

One of the highlights will be an evening in conversation with the Archbishop of Canterbury at The Courtyard Theatre, Hereford on Monday October 14th.

Tickets have now sold out.

The Rt Revd Richard Frith, Bishop of Hereford said: 

‘We are proud and delighted that the Archbishop has chosen to visit us in the Hereford Diocese. Across Shropshire and Herefordshire, our churches are doing some inspirational work to share the good news of Jesus Christ and we’re excited to share with the Archbishop what’s being achieved with some tremendous hard work and enthusiasm from our churches and parishioners.’

Here is the timetable for where people can see the Archbishop of Canterbury:

Monday, October 14th

  • 14.45 - Visit to All Saints Church, Hereford
  • 17.30 - Evensong, Hereford Cathedral

Tuesday, October 15th

  • 10.00 - Service, St Laurence Church, Ludlow - launch of Mission & Mortar
  • 14.50 - Arrives Sutton Hill Community Centre, Telford

Wednesday, October 16th

  • 07.30 - Morning Prayer, Hereford Cathedral
  • 08.00 - Arrives Green Dragon, Hereford for community leaders’ meeting
  • 12.25 - Meets farmers at Hereford Cattle Market

A special prayer will be used during the Archbishop’s visit to the diocese:

God of our pilgrimage
Who sent out your apostles
In the power of the Spirit
To all the corners of the earth
Bless us as we welcome Archbishop Justin this week.
May his presence provoke and encourage us
To reflect anew on the wonders of your love
And commit ourselves to fresh works of service
That your name may be honoured
And your kingdom built here
In this our Diocese for Jesus’ sake.