The Archbishop of Canterbury’s visit to Hong Kong
Members of the chaplaincy team from the Mariners' Club were delighted to welcome some VIP guests on board the Launch recently. At the beginning of May 2019 the Archbishop of Canterbury and a group of delegates spent the morning visiting ships at the Anchorage and Dry dock in the Port of Hong Kong. The visit took place during their week-long stay in Hong Kong for the meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC 17), a large conference of some 200 members from all across the Anglican Communion.
Archbishop Justin Welby together with his wife Caroline were accompanied by Archbishop Julio Murray Thompson - Bishop of Panama and Primate of Central America, Bishop Nick Drayson from Northern Argentina, Bishop Anthony Poggo - the Archbishop's advisor on Anglican Communion Affairs at Lambeth and Gavin Drake from the Anglican Communion News Service.
The group joined our team of chaplains for a tour of the waters around Hong Kong and included a visit to ships in the dry dock. The Archbishop was able to talk with seafarers on board the vessels about their life at sea and learn firsthand about the work of the Mission to Seafarers here. The entire group thoroughly enjoyed their time on board Dayspring and clearly appreciated the opportunity to join us for a glimpse into the world of our maritime ministry.