Influential church leader set to speak at Rotherham Minster service

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South Yorkshire is preparing to welcome one of the Church of England’s leading figures.

The Most Reverend Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, will take part in a one-day visit to the Sheffield Diocese on Tuesday.

Dr Sentamu will attend a special service in Rotherham Minster on the morning of his trip, which will be followed by a civic lunch hosted by Coun John Foden, borough mayor.

Coun Foden said: “I’m looking forward to discussing the various issues currently facing Rotherham and its people.

“The care and compassion which he shows for people of all nations and in particular his views on fair trade is very in tune with our Rotherham ethos of ‘One Town One Community’, where all are valued for their contribution to life.

“Therefore, we all look forward to his visit and will welcome him with open arms to our town.”

Canon David Bliss, vicar of Rotherham, said: “The archbishop is a highly intelligent man who has never lost the ability to mix with people from all walks of life.

“I am sure Rotherham will give him a warm welcome and that the minster will be full to hear what he has to say.”

Throughout the visit Ugandan-born Dr Sentamu – a former lawyer who came to the UK to study theology at Cambridge University in 1974 – will be accompanied by the Right Reverend Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Sheffield.

Dr Sentamu has risen through the ranks from ministry in Cambridge and Richmond and inner-city parishes in South London to his current post.