Next week, Anglican leaders from across the globe will travel to the Nicholas Center at St. James Commons in Chicago for a meeting of the board of governors of the Anglican Centre in Rome and its American friends group.
On Friday at 5:30 pm, St. James Cathedral will host a choral Evensong for the visitors. The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, bishop of Chicago, will officiate at the service, which is open to the public, and a reception in the Kyle’s Place gallery at St. James Commons will follow. (All are welcome to attend, please RSVP online.)
The center, founded in 1966 as the Roman Catholic Church’s Second Vatican Council prioritized ecumenical relations, fosters discussions and relationships between leaders of the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church with the goal of Christian unity.
“When we opened the Nicholas Center in 2014, we envisioned that it would be a place for leaders to gather, be restored, and do the essential work of leading the church,” said Lee. “We’re honored to welcome the governors and friends of the Anglican Centre in Rome and support their work toward the unity of God’s people.”
The Very Rev. Kurt Dunkle, dean and president of General Theological Seminary and chair of the board of trustees of the American Friends of the Anglican Centre in Rome, has led the planning for the meeting. “The Diocese of Chicago is an important center for Episcopal/Roman Catholic relations in the Episcopal Church,” he said. “For decades, meaningful and warm bishop-to-bishop engagement has set a leadership tone for wider clergy and lay interactions. Following Jesus’ commend in John’s Gospel that ‘we all may be one,’ heaven seems closer in Chicago than many other places in our Anglican Communion. The governors of the Anglican Centre in Rome and the ever-supportive American Friends are very pleased to be here this week and experience the loving hospitality of Bishop Lee and the entire diocese.”
Since 2013, the Anglican Centre in Rome has been led by the Most Rev. Sir David Moxon, formerly an archbishop in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. He is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s personal representative to the Holy See. The Chicago meeting marks Moxon’s final gathering with the board of governors before his retirement in June. He will be succeeded in September by the Most Rev. Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi, primate of the Anglican Church of Burundi from 2005 to 2016. Ntahoturi will attend the meeting in Chicago.