Visit of the Dean of Philadelphia Cathedral
In summer 2015 we were honoured to receive the Very Reverend Judith Sulllivan, Dean of Philadelphia Cathedral for a 6-day visit to commemorate links between St Mary Redcliffe, the Penn family and the founding of Pennsylvvania, named after the seventeenth century Bristol-born Admiral Sir William Penn who is buried in St Mary Redcliffe Church.

On arrival in Bristol, Judith was formally welcomed to the city by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Claire Campion-Smith, the Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Mary Prior, and the High Sheriff, Dr R.P. Kennedy.

The visit was described as a big success by both the Dean and St Mary Redcliffe’s vicar, the Reverend Dan Tyndall.

Said Dan: ‘Judith was also utterly bowled over by the magnificence of our church building, the warmth of the church people and vibrancy of the City of Bristol.’

Commenting at the end of her stay, Judith said: ‘I have had the most wonderful time at St Mary Redcliffe, getting to know the people and the city of Bristol, and I look forward to long friendship.’

While in Bristol, Judith was shown St Mary Redcliffe’s marble memorial tablet to Admiral Sir William Penn, and his tomb. Later she visited sites associated with him and his son, also named William Penn, the Quaker and an outspoken advocate of civil and religious liberty whose statue stands in Bristol’s Millennium Square.

Later, Judith toured Bristol’s Historic Harbour on board the Matthew, the Bristol-built replica of the ship which John Cabot sailed from Bristol to America in 1497.
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