Primates Meeting

The Primates' Meeting was established in 1978 by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Donald Coggan, as an opportunity for “leisurely thought, prayer and deep consultation”. It gathers Primates and moderators from the 39 provinces of the Anglican Communion. Meetings have been held regularly around the globe since 1978.

This website contains the statements and communiqués from the meetings in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2016. The next Primates' Meeting is taking place 2-6 October 2017 at Canterbury. There are also details for media representatives of how to apply for accreditation. 

News, blogs and videos about Primates' 2017 can be seen at

Documents from the 2017 Primates' Meeting:

What is a Primate?

The use of the title PRIMATE in the context of meetings of the Anglican Communion denotes the chief archbishop or bishop of a province of the Anglican Episcopal family of churches.

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