By Steve Carpenter Friday 15 March 2013 Updated: 15/03 13:29
THE NEW Archbishop of Canterbury and former Warwickshire vicar Justin Welby just days before his official enthronement at Canterbury Cathedral.
Archbishop Welby visited Coventry Cathedral, where he was ordained back in 1992, before spending 15 years serving the people of the diocese as a Church of England minister until 2007 - including a spell in Southam.
He returned on a 'journey of prayer' and was greeted by Coventry's Lord Mayor Tim Sawdon and well-wishers before giving a short procession inside the cathedral.
A host of activities are taking place throughout the day before his departure at 3.15pm.
"Our new Archbishop is no stranger to the Diocese of Coventry and its remarkable cathedral,” said The Bishop of Coventry Dr Christopher Cocksworth.
"He contributed an enormous amount to the life of church and society in Coventry and Warwickshire over the first 15 years (1992-1997) of his ministry, and the cathedral's work for peace and reconciliation is deeply in his bones.
"So it is an enormous privilege to welcome Archbishop Justin back to Coventry and to join him in prayer."
Coventry is the second of just five dioceses the Archbishop will be visiting this month after visiting Norwich yesterday.
He will visit London and Southwark (March 16), Truro (March 18), and Chichester (March 19) before he is inaugurated at Canterbury Cathedral on March 21.
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