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Archbishop Justin to mark 150th anniversary of the first African bishop

Date: 16 June 2014
One hundred and fifty years after the consecration of the first native African Anglican bishop, representatives from the Diocese of Guildford will attend a special thanksgiving service at Canterbury Cathedral.

Together with African church leaders, visitors to the service will hear the Archbishop of Canterbury speak on the life and legacy of Samuel Ajayi Crowther who paved the way for the establishment of an indigenous church in Nigeria.

The Diocese of Guildford’s link with the Church of Nigeria shares an anniversary of its own this year - it was born out of an Anglican conference in 1963 and turns 50 in 2014, making it the oldest link in the Anglican Communion.

Everyone is welcome to join the service at 3.15pm on Sunday 29 June, the exact date of the consecration in 1864.

Member of Guildford Diocese’s Nigeria link committee Keith Malcouronne said: “It will be such a joy to meet Nigerian friends and share fellowship at this historic occasion.

“It would be wonderful to see members of churches from across the diocese able to join us and share in thanksgiving for the life and ministry of this remarkable man.”

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