Anglican Centre Seeks Leader

Adapted from Anglican Communion News Service

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Governors of the Anglican Centre in Rome wish to appoint a new Representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome to succeed the Very Rev. Canon David Richardson, who is retiring after Easter 2013 after five years in the post.

“David has been a quite outstanding Director of the Anglican Centre for the last five years, a period covering both the Lambeth Conference and the Pope’s visit to the U.K.,” Archbishop Rowan Williams said. “He played a significant role in these events and many others. “He and Margie have been hugely generous hosts to countless people and have raised the profile of the Centre throughout the Anglican Communion. David has worked imaginatively in Rome with many colleagues in the Vatican — to whom we must also pay tribute — and has done a great deal to consolidate a wide range of warm relationships with our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters. His successor will be able to build on his achievements and take forward this vital work.”

Replacing David Richardson involves finding an ordained Anglican with the experience and stature required to be a bishop or cathedral dean. The post-holder acts as a two-way ambassador between the Vatican and both the Archbishop of Canterbury and the wider Anglican Communion. The post-holder is also the Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome and as a consequence the role is multi-layered, binding together ambassadorial, educational, pastoral and interpretive elements. The person needs to be theologically able with good linguistic ability. A knowledge of Italian is preferable and a willingness and ability to learn Italian is essential. Accommodation is provided at the Anglican Centre in Rome, which occupies a large apartment within Palazzo Doria Pamphilj at the heart of historic Rome.

Applications are being invited for the post, which is expected to be for a three- to five-year period.

Further details and an application form are available on request from:

Jacqueline Balfour
Lambeth Palace
London SE1 7JU
United Kingdom
Fax: +44 20 7401 9886

All enquiries and applications will be treated in confidence.

The closing date for applications is 1 October 2012
First interviews will be in Rome on 16 November 2012
Final interviews will be in London on 23 November 2012


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