As everyone who has visited us at the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj knows so well, the Anglican Centre in Rome is a place of transformation and encounter between Christians of diverse cultures, working passionately for unity between Anglicans and Roman Catholics. We now seek your urgent support as we try to sustain our work at a time when our income has been dramatically reduced.

Our reserves are running dangerously low, and our financial position places the survival of the Centre in its current form at serious risk. Over the last few years, we have taken focussed cost-cutting measures, and continue to manage our expenditure very carefully. But for over a year, we have been unable to welcome visitors to Rome or to run courses and events. In such a financial climate, raising money for ecumenism gets harder and harder, and many grant-making bodies which have previously supported us now need to streamline their own giving. It is completely understandable that dioceses, parishes and individuals across the world are under their own financial constraints.

Today, we appeal for funds to help the Centre fulfil its mission emerging from the most difficult time it has ever faced, so that our urgent work can continue and emerge refreshed to serve the Church and work for the full visible unity of Christians as it has for over half a century. In 2016, the Centre’s annual operating budget was €435,000. It has now been reduced to €276,800.  However, over a similar period our income has fallen from €400,000 to an estimated €168,100 for 2021. Through this appeal, we are seeking to raise €200,000 to give the Centre some stability over the next two years, during which time we expect visitor numbers to rebound whilst we continue to grow our global Friends network and seek out other sources of funding from around the world.[1]

Your support will help the Centre move into a new and exciting period of its life. Next year, the Primates of the Anglican Communion will gather to meet in Rome for the first time. The Anglican Centre will be ready to host them for this historic occasion. International groups of seminarians and young clergy from different parts of the Anglican world will come together to encounter the heart of the Catholic Church and grow to understand one another better. Exciting online learning programmes for all have already been announced. We will be ready to welcome you, your dioceses and parishes, and to support the essential work of the international theological dialogue between Anglicans and Catholics.

To ensure all this, we urgently need your help. Further down this page, you can find details of how to make a donation. If you would like to discuss making a substantial gift, please contact the Chair of the Appeal, The Revd Dr James Hawkey on [email protected].

An urgent appeal would only ever be announced for an extraordinary time. That time is now. Please help us continue this key mission in the very heart of Rome.

Archbishop Ian Ernest                                                                 Bishop Michael Burrows

Director of the Anglican Centre                                                  Chair of Governors

 

 

“For more than 50 years the Anglican Centre in Rome has served as a centre for the promotion of Christian unity. As an embassy, a base for Anglicans visiting Rome, a centre of scholarship and a place of meeting it has enabled the deepening of the relationship between the Anglican Communion and the Catholic Church. Under the leadership of successive directors the Centre has become the natural focus for much of the joint work of witness and service that Anglicans and Catholics undertake together in the name of Jesus Christ. Thank you for your support for the Anglican Centre in Rome, for its continued life and the growth and development of its ministry of reconciliation in a divided world.”

The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby

Archbishop of Canterbury

 

“I have spent the most memorable times at the ACR, and my wife has attended several courses. What a privilege to be located in the heart of Rome, a stone’s throw from the Vatican and drinking together from that rich and deep well! The Centre must continue to be a place of teaching, pilgrimage and welcome especially for us Anglicans. Please support the Centre financially and generously, and visit it, once travel restrictions have eased.”

The Most Reverend Thabo Makgoba

Archbishop of Cape Town

Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and Chair of the Lambeth Conference Design Group

 

“There in the city of Peter and Paul, the city visited throughout the centuries by countless members of the Jesus Movement, The Anglican Centre in Rome serves as a welcoming site of hospitality for pilgrims, a treasure house of learning, and a spiritual home away from home.  The invitation is for all.  As Jesus said to the curious, ‘Come and see.’” 

 

The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry

Presiding Bishop & Primate of The Episcopal Church

 

“We partner with the Anglican Centre to run an ecumenical pilgrimage for our ordinands, a trip that is highly formative for those who participate. As students stand in places of deep historical significance or gaze upon works of art bursting with theological import, the history of the church comes alive and curiosity is ignited. Students engage in ecumenical conversation and wrestle with the opportunities and challenges of Christian unity. The pilgrimage also has deep spiritual significance, described by one student as ‘a trip that largely contributed to a spiritual revival in my own soul’. During our week, the Centre becomes a kind of home, our base for worship, hospitality, lectures and time for reflection on learning. Your financial gift will ensure that these transformational opportunities continue for the next generation of Anglican priests.”

Dr Sara Schumacher

Academic Dean, St Mellitus College, London

 

HOW TO GIVE

IN EUROS:

Name: The Anglican Centre in Rome

IBAN: GB19 BUKB 2032 3769 4759 44

Swift bic: BUKBGB22

Sort code: 20-32-37

Account No: 69475944

IN POUNDS STERLING:

Name: The Anglican Centre in Rome

IBAN: GB98 BUKB 2032 3740 1131 07

Swift bic: BUKBGB22

Sort code: 20-32-37

Account No: 40113107

UK Charity Number 1003666

IN AMERICAN DOLLARS

American Friends of the Anglican Centre in Rome

Bank of America

ABA# 071103619

Acct # 291028716787

 

Routing number: 026009593

 

VIA THE WEBSITE:

https://www.anglicancentreinrome.org/donate/donate/5/credit-card

 

Please e-mail details of your remittance to [email protected] if you would like an acknowledgment or receipt.




[1] Annual operating costs: €276,800

Conservative fundraising estimate in place for this year: €168,100

Annual shortfall: €108,700