Two Archbishops Visit Salisbury

by Michael Ford last modified 20 Mar, 2013 05:04 PM

Archbishop Justin Welby and his son, Peter, privately stayed with the Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam and Mrs Holtam overnight on Monday 18 March during the Archbishop's prayer pilgrimage of the Province of Canterbury prior to his enthronement on Thursday 21 March.

Two Archbishops Visit Salisbury

The Archbishop with his son Peter, Bishop Holtam and Archbishop Deng. Photo: Ash Mills

When he arrived he found that he wasn’t the only Archbishop in South Canonry that evening. Archbishop Daniel Deng, Primate of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan (with which the Diocese of Salisbury has very strong links) was also present with his wife, Mama Deborah, before they too attend the enthronement of Archbishop Justin.

The Bishop of Salisbury said, "I and Helen were delighted and privileged to have two leaders of the Anglican Communion share our home with us at the same time."

Bishop Nicholas Archbishop Welby Archbishop Daniel Deng
Photo: Ash Mills

The two Archbishops and the Bishop attended morning worship in Salisbury Cathedral before sharing breakfast at South Canonry. Archbishop Justin then carried on his pilgrimage to Chichester Diocese.

Mama Deborah presented the Archbishop of Canterbury with a carved wooden bowl to "remind him of Africa" and Bishop Holtam presented him with a book on St Francis of Assisi.

Archbishop Daniel had arrived in England on Saturday 16 March and attended church with Bishop Holtam  at West Parley on Sunday.


Mama Deborah spent a day with the Mothers’ Union in Potterne before having a day in the Chalke Valley. She and Helen Holtam also managed to see some new born lambs.

The Bishop of Salisbury
The Archbishop of Canterbury
The Salisbury-Sudan Link (page features Archbishop Deng)
Salisbury Cathedral

Further information
Contact the Bishop's Chaplain:, 01722 334031

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