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Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu announces retirement

RETIREMENT: Archbishop of York John Sentamu was the first black person to be appointed to the role in the UK

THE ARCHBISHOP of York, Dr John Sentamu, has today announced that he will retire.

Sentamu, the UK’s first black archbishop, is due to step down from his role in 2020.

The exact date of the archbishop’s retirement will be Trinity Sunday, three days before his 71st birthday.

The Church of England’s second most senior clergyman, Sentamu has served in the role since 2005.

In a statement, Sentamu said: “I will be retiring from my post as Archbishop of York in June 2020. I have decided to announce my retirement now in order to provide the Church of England with the widest possible timeframe to pray, discern with wisdom and insight and put in place a timetable for my successor and to consider fully the work they will be called to do in service to the national church, the Northern Province and the Diocese of York.

“I am deeply grateful to Her Majesty The Queen for graciously allowing me to continue as Archbishop of York until June 2020 in order to enable me to complete the work to which I have been called.”

He added: “I am full of joy and expectation to see all that God is doing and will be doing in this diocese and in the Northern Province over the coming months.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said: “Archbishop John Sentamu, your devotion to Christ and service to the Church of England is something we rejoice in with great gratitude!

“Be assured of my prayers – and those of the whole Church – for you and Margaret over the coming period of transition.”

A number of his supporters responded to the news via social media.

One said: “You are an inspiration and would have been brilliant in the 'top job'. Enjoy it when you get there.”

While another commented: “God bless you. You have been like a breath of fresh air to me.”

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