Archbishop of Canterbury steps down to become Magdalene Master

Judith Welikala, Co-Editor 16 March 2012

Rowan Williams, The Archbishop of Canterbury, is set to resign from his position at the end of the year, and will become the Master of Magdalene College next January.

Dr Williams said in statement: “It has been an immense privilege to serve as Archbishop of Canterbury over the past decade, and moving on has not been an easy decision. During the time remaining there is much to do, and I ask your prayers and support in this period and beyond.

“I am abidingly grateful to all those friends and colleagues who have so generously supported Jane and myself in these years, and all the many diverse parishes and communities in the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion that have brought vision, hope and excitement to my own ministry.

“I look forward, with that same support and inspiration, to continuing to serve the Church’s mission and witness as best I can in the years ahead.”

Speaking of his new position, Dr Williams said: “I am very grateful to the College for the honour they have done me, and look forward to being part of such a lively and intellectually rigorous community. I hope I shall be able to continue the exciting developments that have been taking place under the guidance of the present Master and the Fellowship, and Jane and I look forward to taking up this challenging office next January.”

Duncan Robinson, the current Master of Magdalene College, said: “I congratulate the Fellowship on the appointment of Rowan Williams. The College is fortunate to have recruited as Master someone of such outstanding intellectual stature, and such profound commitment to public service, especially at a time when collegiate Cambridge faces so many challenges.

“I wish him every success in the post it has been both my privilege and my pleasure to hold for the past ten years. My wife and I look forward to welcoming the Williamses to Magdalene.”

Dr Williams was appointed to his present position in 2002, and is the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury.

He previously served as as Archbishop of Wales in and Bishop of Monmouth.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu is the favourite to succeed Dr Williams, which would make him the first black Archbishop of Canterbury.

Judith Welikala, Co-Editor