Priest Travels 13,000 km for Confirmation

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

Whilst confirmations are not uncommon within the Anglican Communion, the distance a priest has had to travel to preside over one is.

Three people were recently confirmed in the most southerly cathedral of the Anglican Church worldwide – in the Falkland Islands.

The islands themselves are not within an Anglican province and instead are part of the authority of the Archbishop of Canterbury with the Bishop to the Falklands post held by his senior assistant.

Bishop Tim Thornton travelled nearly 13,000 kilometres to preside over what was described as a joyous service, as three people were confirmed and proclaimed the Christian faith they had been baptised into.

Despite the remoteness of the South Atlantic Island Cathedral, many other clergy also attended the service including the Chaplain in Chief of the Royal Air Force John Ellis.

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