Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a guest, celebrant and preacher, at festivities honouring St. Alban the Martyr, attended by over 5,000 people at St. Alban's Cathedral, St. Alban's, England, on  June 2007. The morning Eucharist and evensongservices saw the cathedral completely filled and overflow crowds outside who listened to an audio broadcast. The Ven. Mark Oakley, Archdeacon of Germany and Northern Europe, who preached at the morning Eucharist, was cheered for paying tribute to Archbishop Desmond Tutu and St. Alban's Dean, the Very Rev. Dr. Jeffrey John. He said: "At a time when many of us are feeling increasingly homeless in an Anglican Church that I had always believed was built to be a large ark where every weird and wonderful animal had to budge over a bit to let another one find some straw, at such a time my energy is renewed and I believe I can hope again when I see these two brave Christians who at great cost have spoken up for human dignity in all its God-given diversity and colour". Later, preaching at evensong, Archbishop Tutu "drew together examples of where there had apparently been no great plan from God had in fact resulted in good, arguing that, for example, without the persecution by the Romans there would have been no Alban and without the system of Apartheid no Nelson Mandela."