Centenary Celebrations

Talk: "Canterbury Tales"
The Life of an Archbishop

by Rt Rev and Rt Hon Lord Carey of Clifton

Archbishop of Canterbury 1991-2002


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Tuesday 21st September, 2010 2:30pm



Pictures very kindly provided by Peter Jessop, Lawrence Wood and Sarah Green



George Carey was born in 1935 in the East End of London, the son of a hospital porter. He left school at 15 and began working at the London Electricity Board as an office boy, and also served with the Royal Air Force in Iraq during the fifties.

By the time he was twenty, he had decided he wanted to be ordained as a minister into the Church of England. After graduating from London College of Divinity (ALCD) and King’s College London (BD. Hons) he served as a curate in Islington, London. During this time he went on to research the early origins of Christian ministry and earned both M.Th and Ph. Degrees. He then taught at two Colleges before becoming a parish priest at St.Nicholas’ Durham. In 1982 he became Principal of Trinity Theological College in Bristol and, in 1987, Bishop of Bath and Wells. In 1991 he was invited to take up the post of 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury and served 70 million Anglicans around the world until his retirement in 2002.

In 2002 George Carey was made a life peer as ‘Lord Carey of Clifton’.
Lord Carey is Presentation Fellow of King’s College London, Fellow of Christ’s University College, Canterbury and Fellow of the Library of Congress. He is also the recipient of some 12 Honorary Doctorates and author of 14 books.

Currently he is Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire and President of the London School of Theology.
In retirement, he is on the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum and Co-Chair of the Council of 100, which is seeking to bridge the gulf between the West and Islamic worlds.
He is also Chairman of the United Church Schools Trust.

Lord Carey married Eileen Harmsworth Hood in 1960, and they have four children and thirteen grandchildren. Eileen was a nurse and still retains a great interest in medical matters. She is co-Chair of St.Luke’s Hospital for the Clergy Appeal and associated with Church Army.

Lord Carey's Website

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