Dean Willis of Canterbury Cathedral Preaches on March 2

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The Very Reverend Dr Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, returns to the pulpit of Saint Thomas Church at 11am on Sunday, March 2, for a Festal Eucharist for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany. We’re delighted to welcome him back.

Four of his previous sermons at Saint Thomas are available here. You might also consider listening to the webcast of a lecture he gave on Canterbury Cathedral on All Saints’ Day, 2011.

Dean Willis visits Saint Thomas on March 2 as part of an extended trip to New York City. On February 25, the exhibition “Radiant Light: Stained Glass from Canterbury Cathedral” opens at The Cloisters – a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of the Middle Ages. This exhibition, which showcases panels from one of the great surviving series of medieval stained glass, follows a celebrated showing at the Getty Centre, Los Angeles. This glass has not left the Cathedral Precincts since its creation in 1178 – 80. We encourage you to visit the exhibition, which runs from February 25 – May 18.

During the opening week, Dean Willis will give a lecture on the history of the community of Canterbury in both New York City (February 26, Grolier Club) and Philadelphia (February 27, Union League Club). Organized in partnership with the Royal Oak Foundation, tickets for the two lectures can be purchased by visiting beginning February 3.

On March 2, after the Dean preaches at Saint Thomas at 11am, he will make his way uptown to the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum, where he will tell the journey of Canterbury Cathedral past and present, presenting alongside Canterbury’s Director of Stained Glass Leonie Seliger, the Museum’s Curator Timothy Husband, and others. The presentation promises a unique insight into the remarkable confluence of spirituality, science and art which inspired the great cathedral.

We hope you consider all the opportunities listed above, most especially worshipping with us as we draw near to Ash Wednesday (March 5) and the holy season of Lent.