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Applicants sought for post in Rome

Tuesday 14th August 2012

Applications are invited for the post of Representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome.

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 Revd Canon David Richardson who is retiring after Easter 2013 after five years in the post. 

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams paid tribute to David Richardson:

“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 UK. 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 play 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 here:

Job Description and Person Specification
Application Form

or 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, with first interviews in Rome on 16 November 2012 and final interviews in London on 23 November 2012.

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