Envoy for Rome

Archbishop David Moxon will retire next June.

Adapted from Gavin Drake, ACNS

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative to the Holy See and director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, Archbishop David Moxon, is to retire in June next year after serving in the post since 2013.

Archbishop Justin Welby and the governors of the ACR have begun the search for an Anglican bishop to succeed him for the combined post.

“We have indeed been fortunate to have Archbishop Sir David Moxon as director of the centre for the past four years, and concurrently as my representative to the Holy See,” Archbishop Justin Welby said. “David’s experience as a primate, and uniquely, in his case, as Anglican co-chair of ARCIC, has strengthened the centre’s standing and profile enormously.

“Building on the excellent work of his predecessor, David has pioneered joint work on practical social-ethical issues. He has strengthened links with the papal household through a number of events where he has accompanied the Holy Father in blessing the faithful of all churches. His work stands his successor in good stead to build further.”

The appointed bishop will live at the Anglican Centre in Rome’s complex at the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, in the heart of historic Rome. The appointment is expected to be for five years.

Dec. 31 is the deadline for applications. Interviews will be held in Rome on Feb. 9, and in London in March.

In a June 14 sermon marking the center’s 50th anniversary, Archbishop Welby said someone asked him about the center, “That’s your spy station isn’t it?”

Welby built on the humor: “Is it indeed our Fylingdales, the cold war era radar in Yorkshire that ran part of the Distant Early Warning System? Should Sir David Moxon simply be M, writing like the real C of MI6 only in green ink, and conveying information to Lambeth through dead-letter boxes?”

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