From the Anglican Communion Office in London
Easter Tuesday, 2 April 2002
The annual meeting of the Archbishops and Presiding Bishops of the Anglican Communion will be held in Canterbury, England, April 10-16, 2002, hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd and Rt Hon George L Carey. This will be the final meeting of the Primates under the chairmanship of Archbishop George Carey. The Archbishop of Canterbury is spiritual leader of the world's 70 million Anglicans.
Since 1998 the Archbishop of Canterbury, as primus inter pares or first among equals, has asked his fellow primates to come together annually for an opportunity to engage in conversation and discussion on their ministry in their own provinces and within the Communion. The gathering is in the nature of a retreat, with Eucharist and Bible Study being the framework of their being together, coming from 38 autonomous, yet inter-dependent, Churches.
The meeting, as in past years, is private. The primates will meet in the new International Study Centre (ISC) in the precincts of the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion, Christ Church Cathedral, Canterbury. The second phase of the ISC will be formally opened during the Primates Meeting by the Duke of Kent.
There will be no special provisions for media/press, but the Communications Office staff will be on site with a special telephone number to handle any inquiries. As in the past, a report will likely be issued at the close of the meeting and photos will be made available via the www.anglicancommunion.org website.
On Sunday, April 14, at 11am the Archbishop of Canterbury will be the celebrant at the regular Sung Eucharist and his fellow primates will join him in the procession. The Archbishop of Kenya, the Most Revd Dr David Gitari, will preach. His text will be made available.
A brief photo-call (only) will follow the Eucharist, arranged in co-operation with the cathedral, at approximately 12:30pm. Photographers holding accredited press cards only will be admitted. There are no press conferences scheduled at this time.
Photographers should contact: Cathedral Press Office - +44 1227 762862 or Veronica Elks at the Anglican Communion Office for a photo call pass.
Photographers must pre-register.
Canterbury Cathedral (photo calls only)
Christopher Robinson in Canterbury +44 1227 762862
Fr Jonathan Jennings/Sarah Williams in London,
+44 20 7898 1200.
The Primates Meeting (in general)
Veronica Elks (PA to Canon J Rosenthal)
Now: 020 7620 1110
On site: To be announced Friday