Lord Rowan Williams to give the Provost Derek Hole Keynote Lecture
By invitation of the Leicester Diocesan Catholic Fellowship, he speaks on
‘Priesthood, solidarity and transformation: thoughts on ministry and witness today’
In partnership with St Andrew’s Church.
In his lecture, Lord Rowan Williams is going to talk about the life and thinking of Ken Leech (1939-2015), one of the big names in Christian Socialism.
Lord Rowan Williams of Oystermouth is acclaimed internationally as an outstanding thinker, writer, scholar and teacher. Following academic and parish work in both Cambridge and Oxford, and a short time as a Canon Theologian at Leicester Cathedral, Rowan was elected Bishop of Monmouth in 1991 and, subsequently, elected as Archbishop of Wales in 1999. From 2002 to 2012 Dr Williams held the office of Archbishop of Canterbury, the first Welsh successor to St Augustine of Canterbury, and the first since the mid-thirteenth century to be appointed from beyond the English church. Rowan entered the House of Lords as a life peer in January 2013 where he has spoken on a wide range of issues. Rowan retired as Master of Magdalene in 2020 and now lives in Cardiff. His books and articles invariably both stimulate and challenge. Among his better-known books are ‘Arius: Heresy and Tradition’ (2nd Edition, SCM Press, 2001), ‘Dostoevsky: Language, Faith and Fiction’ (Continuum, 2008) and edited with Kenneth Leech ‘Essays Catholic and Radical’ (Bowerdean Press, 1983).
Apart from being a theologian, he is also a noted poet and translator of poetry and, apart from Welsh, speaks or reads nine other languages.
The lecture will begin at 6.00pm prompt at St Andrews Church and will last for approximately one hour. A drinks reception will take place after the event.