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The Right Reverend and Right Honourable The Lord Williams of Oystermouth PC FBA FRSL FLSW
Archbishop of Canterbury
Church Church of England
Province Canterbury
Diocese Canterbury
Elected 2 December 2002
Enthroned 27 February 2003
Reign ended 31 December 2012 (retired)
Predecessor George Carey
Successor Justin Welby
Other posts Archbishop of Wales
Bishop of Monmouth
Ordination 1977 (deacon)
1978 (priest)
Consecration 1 May 1992
by Alwyn Rice Jones
Personal details
Birth name Rowan Douglas Williams
Born (1950-06-14) 14 June 1950 (age 71)
Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales
Nationality Welsh
Denomination Anglicanism
  • Aneurin Williams
  • Delphine née Morris
Jane Paul (m. 1981)
Profession Bishop, theologian
Alma mater
  • Cultus Dei Sapientia Hominis
  • (The worship of God is the wisdom of man)
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Rowan Douglas Williams, DD, PC, FBA (born 14 June 1950) is the 104th and current Archbishop of Canterbury, metropolitan of the province of Canterbury, Primate of All England, senior archbishop of the Church of England and the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Williams is a distinguished theologian and poet. He is married and has a daughter and son.

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