St. James Cathedral, in association with Trinity College, will commemorate the life and ministry of Archbishop Desmond Tutu on June 12 at 4:30 p.m. The preacher will be the Rev. Dr. Michael Battle, professor of church and society and the director of the Desmond Tutu Center at General Theological Seminary, New York. All are invited to this service.
Archbishop Tutu, who died last December, was a dear friend of the Anglican Church of Canada and Trinity College. In February 2000, he received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Toronto and an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Trinity College. On that occasion, he delivered the Romney Moseley memorial lecture.
In his address to the University of Toronto at the special convocation, nearly six years after Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected president of South Africa, Archbishop Tutu thanked Canada for its opposition to White-minority rule. He said, “What a great privilege it is to be able to return to the people from whom we had asked for help, to return to say you gave it and look at the result, to return to say on behalf of millions of my compatriots: `Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. Our victory is in every real sense your victory!'”
He lived his life abundantly