School will give warm welcome to Archbishop

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu

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The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, is visiting Chorley today as part of a whistle-stop tour of Lancashire.

He will go to St Michael’s CE High School, on Astley Road, to lead an act of worship and take part in a vocations conference for year 11 pupils from church schools around the Blackburn diocese.

Dr Sentamu will also offer prayers over the proposed site for a new learning centre, ICT suite and chapel at the school.

Headteacher Julie Heaton said: “We feel immensely honoured that Dr John Sentamu will be coming to St Michael’s.”

And she hopes he will return to the school next year to mark its 50th anniversary.

Mrs Heaton said: “Next year will be the 50th anniversary of the opening of the school and the Archbishop of York at the time came to open the school with Princess Margaret.

“We would like, at some time in the future, for Dr Sentamu to come back to school next year.”

Dr Sentamu has several engagements during his two-day trip to Lancashire, with visits to the University of Central Lancashire, Blackburn Cathedral and Preston Minster.

The highlight will be a free evangelistic mission event named Light In Darkness, which will be held at Blackpool Tower Ballroom at 7.30pm today.

The Archbishop will speak about his life, including his childhood in Uganda

He said: “I am looking forward to my visit to Blackburn Diocese, my first since Bishop Julian Henderson became diocesan bishop in 2013.

“They’ve put together a fantastic programme in which I’ll meet school children, students and chaplains from the University of Central Lancashire, join in an interfaith group and also worship at Preston Minster.”