The Most Reverend Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, will arrive here on October 22 for a visit, at the invitation of the Church of South India (CSI).
The head of the worldwide Anglican Communion will arrive from Bangalore by a scheduled flight by 7.15 p.m. Meetings to discuss the relationship of the CSI with other major churches, faiths and people, and interaction with political leaders in Kerala form part of his agenda, according a source in the CSI.
The Archbishop, his wife and son will stay in the LMS Compound. There will be an entourage of six, including Bishop Tony Robinson.
On October 23, the Archbishop is scheduled to have breakfast with a group of political and religious leaders of Thiruvananthapuram. Later in the forenoon he will have an interaction with members of the youth at the Kerala United Theological Seminary at Kannammoola in the city. In the afternoon he is due to attend the graduation ceremony at the Dr. Somervell Memorial Medical College and Hospital at Karakonam.
On October 24, the Archbishop will attend a religious service organised by the Mar Thoma Syrian Church at Pattoor in the morning. In the evening he is to attend the golden jubilee celebrations of the CSI Diocese of Central Kerala.
The Archbishop will depart on October 25.
Archbishop Rowan Williams is reaching Kolkata on October 9, for programmes in Kolkata, Ranchi, Nagpur and New Delhi, organised chiefly by the Church of North India. He will reach Chennai on October 16, from where he will proceed to Vellore and Bangalore.
Rowan Williams, 60, is the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury. His wife, Jane Williams, grew up in Palayamkottai and in Thiruvananthapuram, where her father, Rev. Geoffrey Paul, was the Director of the Kannammoola Seminary. She read Theology at Cambridge and now works in theological publishing and education. They were married in 1981 and have two children. Of them, Pip Williams, 14, is coming along to Kerala.
In 1995, the previous Archbishop of Canterbury, George Leonard Carey, visited Kerala and addressed the centenary session of the Maramon Convention.