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Warm congratulations are due to our Canon Theologian, Canon Dr. Mark Oakley. On 22 June, Mark was a recipient of the Lanfranc Award for Education and Scholarship at a ceremony at Lambeth Palace. The Lanfranc Award is one of the annual Lambeth Awards made by the Archbishop of Canterbury to individuals in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the Church of England, the Anglican Communion, and wider society. The citation for Mark’s award said that it was for his “writing, speaking, leading conferences, study days and retreats, and being in huge demand for helping church people and those not of faith to understand the relationship between poetry and faith”.
Commenting on his award Canon Mark said, “I am very honoured and humbled to receive this award from the Archbishop of Canterbury and to find myself amongst remarkable recipients from around the world. I am delighted the award recognises the value of poetry, in life, society, and faith. Such an art of attention and resonance is urgently needed in our present days. It was wonderful to explore this truth in Wakefield Cathedral just a few weeks ago with a really engaged and thoughtful audience from around the Diocese”. Dean Simon added, “Mark is a wonderful resource for Wakefield Cathedral and for the Diocese of Leeds, and I am delighted that his work has been recognised by the Church in this way”.
You can read more about Mark’s news and about Mark himself here.
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