During a visit to the United States, the Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, Dr Robert Willis met colleagues on the Global Partnerships Forum and representatives of the United Nations at the UN headquarters in New York.
Lakshmi Puri, the Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, and Carole Wainaina, Assistant Secretary General, Office for Human Resources both attended the meeting. Discussions centred on continued efforts in bringing closer ties between the global faith communities in the combined effort to address the key humanitarian and environmental goals of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, ‘Transforming our World’ .
Pictured above right at the Global Partnerships meeting are from left to right Ravi Karkara, Tas Dossal, Lakshmi Puri, Carole Wainaina, Dr Robert Willis, Countess Sondes and Amir Dossal.
Queen’s birthday service in New York
On Sunday (17 April 2016) the Dean preached at a Festal Evensong service of Thanksgiving and Celebration (pictured below) for HM the Queen’s 90th birthday at St Thomas Church, 5th Ave, New York. Joining the congregation at the service were Consul General, His Excellency Danny Lopez, representatives of the Commonwealth of Nations in New York and members of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem and the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Malta.
The Dean thanked the Rector, Revd Carl Turner and his team and the staff of St Thomas Church for providing a place for those from the UK and the Commonwealth to celebrate this special occasion. During his sermon Dr Willis spoke of organisations like the Commonwealth, the Anglican Communion and the UN which transcend national boundaries and promote the welfare of all peoples worldwide.
Earlier in the day the Dean had preached at the morning Eucharist for Good Shepherd Sunday. During the service the Rector announced that the Revd Dr Victor Lee Austin, Theologian in Residence and long-term friend to Canterbury, has been appointed the new Canon Theologian at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, Texas. Canterbury Cathedral’s Stained Glass Studio has been commissioned to make a new window for the church.
Dr Willis visits America each year to attend the annual meeting of the Friends Of Canterbury Cathedral in the United States (FOCCUS) and a week ago he presented a Canterbury cross to Grace Cathedral in Charleston. Full story here.