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New Archbishop of York visits the College for All Saints’ Day

11 November 2020

The College was delighted to welcome Archbishop Stephen Cottrell to celebrate our Patronal Feast in the Chapel on All Saints’ Day, 1 November 2020. The Archbishop of York is the College Visitor, reflecting Queen’s historic links with the North of England.

Archbishop Stephen confirmed three members of the College, in the first Confirmation service he has conducted since being enthroned at York Minster in October. Those who made their adult Christian commitment (pictured below) were Anna (AJ) Jeffries-Shaw (second year Classics), Rhiannon Petteford (first year History & Czech) who was also baptised in the service, and Madeleine Ridout (first year Oriental Studies). It was a moving experience for the candidates and those who were able to be there to support them.

In his sermon, Archbishop Stephen summarised the Christian faith thus: 'In Christ you can become yourself, the beautiful person that God has always seen and always known.' AJ, one of those confirmed, said she was 'grateful that I could rejoice in this sacrament, especially in the light of the recent news' about the coming lockdown.

Sadly, because of Covid restrictions, the College was unable to exercise its customary hospitality and treat the Archbishop to a slap-up dinner! However, as Archbishop Stephen himself said, that gives him all the more reason to come back another time.