The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Personal Representative to Rome, the Most Revd. David Moxon, was welcomed to Ripon Cathedral at the weekend , meeting with supporters of the Anglican Centre in Rome, and taking part in a service for the Ripon Episcopal Area at which Area Deans were welcomed and licensed.
Archbishop Moxon is the Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome – founded 50 years ago in 1966 by the then Bishop of Ripon, Bishop John Moorman after whom the Anglican Centre’s library is named.
Pictured are the Dean of Ripon, the Very Revd John Dobson, Bishop of Leeds, Rt Revd Nick Baines, and the Most Revd David Moxon at the memorial to Bishop Moorman in the St Peter’s Chapel of Ripon Cathedral.
Archbishop Moxon met with supporters and friends of the Anglican Centre and concluded the informal meeting with a moment of reflection around the memorial to Bishop Moorman.
The Anglican Centre’s library (pictured right) was opened in 1966 by Bishop Moorman, an instrumental force in the setting up of the Anglican Centre. Bishop Moorman was a prominent ecumenist, whose knowledge of Italian, Latin, and Christian history made him the perfect man to be the Anglican observer at the Second Vatican Council.
The Anglican Centre is the permanent Anglican Communion presence in Rome. Describing the Centre, Archbishop Moxon said, “It is the living reality of our Communion’s commitment to the full visible unity of the Church, working collaboratively with all Christians for justice and peace in the world. The Centre was integral to the establishment of a multi-faith anti-slavery network, working to combat human trafficking, engaging with churches and agencies in Italy … The Centre seeks to bring down barriers of misunderstanding between Anglicans and Catholics; hosting scholars, art exhibitions, specialized courses, creating a space for hospitality and encounter.”