Published on January 19, 2016 by Kristen Padilla  
George Carey

Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School will welcome The Most Rev. and Rt. Honorable Dr. George Carey, the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury, to speak at opening convocation Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. in Andrew Gerow Hodges Chapel.

Also known as the Lord Carey of Clifton, Carey served on behalf of about 80 worldwide million Anglicans as the most senior bishop from 1991 to 2002. After his retirement in 2004, he became the first former archbishop to publish his memoirs, titled Know the Truth.

Carey continues an active ministry of writing and lecturing around the world. He has received 12 honorary doctorates and has written 14 books.

Carey is also presentation fellow of King’s College London, fellow of Christ’s University College in Canterbury, and fellow of the Library of Congress. Together with his wife of more than 50 years, Eileen, Carey serves as vice president of Tearfund, a Christian charity that works to end worldwide poverty.

“We are honored to have Lord Carey to preach at Beeson's opening convocation,” said Timothy George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School. “He is one of the most respected and beloved leaders in world Christianity, and his ministry here will boost our newly founded Anglican Institute headed by Professor Gerald R. McDermott.” 

In addition to the divinity school’s opening convocation, Carey will lecture Jan. 26–27 and preach Jan. 31 at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.