The Archbishop’s journey through the diocese took him to Burnley, Whalley, Blackburn, Lancaster and the Fylde coast.
Archbishop Stephen said: “I had a fantastic weekend in Lancashire – there is much to celebrate and give thanks. Thanks to everyone involved. My prayer is that we be confident in sharing our faith with others so that more can now love God and enter into a relationship with him.
Throughout the weekend, media interest in the visit was high, with the visit being broadcast several times on BBC Radio Lancashire; It’s Lancashire TV and many local newspapers across the region.
Meanwhile, the Diocese’s own social media channels were very active throughout the weekend using #celebratelancs and numerous photos as well as a ‘video diary’ with the Archbishop as he traveled through the count ; as well as videos recorded with many other participants, including Bishop Julian himself; Rt Rev. Dr Jill Duff, Bishop of Lancaster and Rt Rev. Philip North, Bishop of Burnley. Archbishop Stephen then moved on to Burnley where his first stop was Burnley College and he mingled with the city’s civic, business and commercial leaders for discussions over dinner. They included the Council’s Chief Executive, Mick Cartledge and the Mayor of Burnley, County. Cosima Townley.
Speaking just before the Archbishop’s arrival, Bishop Philip said: “Almost 6,000 students study at Burnley College for a wide variety of courses. It’s a very energetic place in the heart of a very energetic city and I’m really delighted that the Archbishop is coming to Burnley; to learn about the good things happening in education and business and to meet people of all ages, faiths and backgrounds. archbishop and his personal faith. He then traveled to the Ghausia Mosque in Burnley where he was greeted by community leaders including the leader of Burnley Council, the council. Afrasiab Anwar. After a warm welcome at the mosque, a fascinating interfaith discussion was led by Andy Pratt, Deputy Commissioner of Policing and Crime for Lancashire and adviser to the Bishop on interfaith matters. Archbishop Stephen said: “It was a fabulous gathering. We received wonderful hospitality and most importantly great conversations about where we can build bridges and friendships together and work for the common good. Anwar added: “It was a pleasure to welcome the Archbishop to Burnley and to this mosque as head of council but also as chairman of the interfaith organization ‘Building Bridges in Burnley’ – a role I am passionate about. Building understanding and bringing communities together to learn more about each other helps reveal all the things we have in common and enables honest conversations.Led by Principal, Reverend Adam Thomas.At the Abbey, Friday evening there was a wonderful outdoor service attended by several hundred people from parishes in the diocese and led by the Archbishop who also blessed the site of the Abbey and the works of the new Centre.