[Lambeth Palace press release] The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and his wife, Caroline, landed in Toronto last night for the start of a four-day visit to Anglican leaders in Canada and the USA.
The visits, which are primarily personal and pastoral, are part of Archbishop Justin’s plan to visit every Primate of the Anglican Communion by the end of 2014.
In Canada, the Archbishop and Mrs Welby are being hosted by the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Fred Hiltz and his wife, Mrs Lynne Samways-Hiltz. During the visit, Archbishop Justin will meet with Archbishop Hiltz for private conversation and fellowship, and also meet senior staff at Anglican Church of Canada’s National Office.
Archbishop Justin will also meet ecumenical leaders following Ecumenical Vespers at St James Cathedral, Toronto.
On Wednesday, the Archbishop and Mrs Welby fly to Oklahoma City where Archbishop Justin will meet with the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Revd Katharine Jefferts Schori.
While in Oklahoma City, Archbishop Justin will participate in a conference organised by the Diocese of Oklahoma, Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal National Gathering to Challenge the Epidemic of Violence.
The Archbishop will address the conference on Thursday, after which he will have lunch with Bishops of the Episcopal Church attending the conference. Archbishop Justin will also pay a brief visit to the Oklahoma City National Memorial.