Bishop James awarded honorary Doctorate

Liverpool Hope University honoured Bishop James Jones with the prestigious award of Doctor of Divinity (Honoris Causa) during its Graduation Ceremonies in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.

On Wednesday 15th July 2009, Liverpool Hope University awarded Bishop James Jones and Archbishop Patrick Kelley with the prestigious awards of Doctor of Divinity (Honoris Causa) during its Graduation Ceremonies in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.

The awards were presented in respect of their contribution to and support of Liverpool Hope University and will also mark Archbishop Kelley's Silver Jubilee year and Bishop James' tenth anniversary.

Bishop James, who is also an Adjunct Professor of Liverpool Hope University teaching an MA on Theology and the Environment, said: "Our joint Presidency of Liverpool Hope University underlines the Christian ethos of the University. I am honoured to receive this Doctorate and doubly honoured to receive one with Archbishop Patrick Kelly who has made an outstanding contribution to Christian learning at every level."

The Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool, added: “Among the many blessings that coming to Liverpool has brought me is association with Liverpool Hope University. The uniqueness of a University tied by name, by logo, by celebrations of faith and academic rigour with two Cathedrals must inspire and encourage. Much of my life has been committed to formation and it will be a wonderful affirmation to receive this Honorary Degree from a University stamped by such an authentic understanding and commitment to formation in body, mind and spirit.”

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Support and Well-being) and Assistant Bishop of Liverpool Bishop Ian Stuart said: “Liverpool Hope University, the only Ecumenical University in Europe, is very much a part of the life, work and witness of the Archdiocese and Diocese. We owe a considerable debt of gratitude to Archbishop Patrick and Bishop James and are delighted to recognise their on-going support and commitment in this way. This award is also an opportunity for us to mark the wider ministry achievements and contributions of these two distinguished Church leaders.”

Others included on the Honorary list for July 2009 are Cherie Booth QC, English Barrister and Wife of Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who was awarded Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) on Thursday 17th July and Robert Fisk, Middle-East Correspondent of The Independent Newspaper who was awarded Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) on Wednesday 15th July alongside Bishop James and Archbishop Patrick Kelley.