The Anglican Centre in Rome Scroll down for more...
They say that God walks through history a decade at a stride. As the decades have passed, the knowledge and love for each other has grown as meetings between Archbishops of Canterbury and the Pope have become frequent and regular.
From the very first day, the Anglican Centre has had a chapel dedicated to St Augustine of Canterbury. Today it hosts daily services and a weekly Eucharist.
Almost sixty people can be fitted into the chapel and we host a community of Anglicans, Catholics, Orthodox, Methodists, and many others.
Every Tuesday we offer a lunch after our Eucharist, and see Christians of all denominations encounter and befriend one another.
The Anglican Centre’s library was opened in 1966 by the Rt Rev’d John Moorman, sometime Bishop of Ripon and an instrumental force in the setting up of the Anglican Centre. It was at the core of Archbishop Michael Ramsey’s vision for the Centre:
the Anglican student is often a debtor to writers within the Roman Catholic Church. This Centre is an attempt to repay that debt by making available the resources of Anglican learning to any who will come and enjoy them.
Archbishop Michael Ramsey
This is a reference library, boasting a catalogue of over 15,000 books, is currently used by many, including Roman Catholics living and studying in Rome, the Centre’s Scholars in Residence, clergy on sabbatical, and visiting students on courses at the Anglican Centre. It has a particular focus on ecclesiology, doctrine, and ecumenism making it ideal for those who wish to explore Anglican Ecclesiology.
Introducing Anglicans to Rome
This is the first step in practical ecumenism - to know. To know each other.
Pope Paul VI
Last year we ran four courses, each bringing 15-35 people to Rome. We offered 20 scholarships for people from developing countries, which we negotiated from the St Augustine’s Trust, covering the course fee, accommodation, and half of the airfare over.
Helping future priests come to and experience Rome is essential as our communions come to know each other better. Eight Theological Institutions visited in 2015 for bespoke training courses, each bringing between 15 and 20 students at a time.
Over the past two years the Centre has developed a successful Scholar in Residence Programme with scholars from across the Anglican Communion staying for a week to a month at a time. Most typically, a scholar is a seminarian, student researcher or recognised leader for whom time apart to study and reflect is of great value.
Introducing Rome to Anglicans
The distance which separates us should first be diminished by this approach - mutual knowledge; a knowledge free of prejudice, informed by reverence, eager to discover not only what separates us but what unites us; a knowledge which banishes mistrust and clears a path by which we may draw nearer still.
Pope Paul VI
The gifts of Anglican scholarship and music are those which we hope will help "repay the debt" which Michael Ramsey says the Anglican student owes to the Roman Catholic Church.
We help choirs sing in Rome and share their repertoire and skill with a city that loves good music.
We bring Anglican scholars to Rome and host talks and seminars and colloquia.
We must walk together as if we were already one.
Pope Francis to Archbishop Justin Welby, on their first meeting
The Anglican Centre works closely with the Vatican and Catholic agencies in Rome to show how Anglicans and Catholics, working together can make a better world.
Archbishop David Moxon was involved in setting-up a major inter-faith gathering in the Vatican, which produced a common declaration against modern slavery. The Anglican Centre continues to educate and resource this cause.
We work with the Sant' Egidio Community, a lay community heavily involved in social action around the world, and are helping to introduce it to the Anglican Communion.
Archbishop David Moxon is the Archbishop of Canterbury's Permanent Representative to the Holy See.
In this role, the Anglican Centre works to represent the Anglican Communion at the highest level, and to make sure that Primates and bishops from around the Communion have access to the right people in the Vatican at the right time.