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Sunday, February 13

A Memorial Service for Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Sunday, February 13, 2022
4 PM - 6 PM


Reservations for in-person seating are closed, but all are welcome to join the service via livestream. The service video will be posted on this page, and on the Cathedral's Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Join the Cathedral and the global community for a memorial service in honor of The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu (1931-2021).

Archbishop Tutu spoke at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in 1986 to thank Americans for protesting against apartheid, and raise awareness for South African refugee funds. Archbishop Tutu was known globally for preaching a Gospel of radical reconciliation and truth-telling.

In honor of Archbishop Tutu's legacy and memory, the Cathedral will host a memorial service joined by The Most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, The Right Reverend Andrew Dietsche, Bishop of the Diocese of New York, and The Right Reverend Clifton Daniel, Dean of the Cathedral. This in-person and livestreamed memorial service will celebrate Archbishop Tutu’s legacy and prophetic voice for justice.

All in-person attendees 5 years old and over must be fully vaccinated. Learn more about the Cathedral’s COVID-19 policies here.

Download the service leaflet