To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moorman Library, the Anglican Centre is holding a historic exhibition of some of its most treasured material, highlighting its ecumenical missionary endeavours.  The display will include especailly created artworks by international artists inspired by the library's history and collection.

John Moorman Library Celebrates 50th Anniversary in the Anglican Centre, Rome


'Treasures and Inspirations'


Rome, Italy – The Anglican Centre in Rome is delighted to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of its library, the 'John Moorman Library,' with a historic exhibition featuring some of its most treasured materials, while also highlighting its ecumenical missionary endeavors. This unique display will include specially created artworks by international artists inspired by the library's rich history and collection. The exhibition will be opened by the Archbishop of Canterbury on 30th September. 


The library is widely recognised as one of the largest collections in Europe dedicated to the Anglican tradition, history, culture, and ecumenism. As part of the exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to explore contributions and artworks from worldwide collaborators, including notable institutions such as the Virginia Theological Seminary, St. Michael's Parish in Dallas, the Venerable English College, Centro Pro Uniole, the Lambeth Palace Library, Gladstone's Library, and Ripon Cathedral.


Through a carefully curated selection of themes, events, and personalities associated with the Centre's history and library collection, visitors will have the opportunity to unearth an array of treasures. These treasures include letters of historical significance, autographed books, captivating photographs, exquisite artworks, and much more, all of which bear witness to the profound journey towards unity undertaken by God's people.


"The library is a rich legacy of gems and treasures that can inspire future generations. My deepest gratitude is extended towards all those who have worked relentlessly to create what we hope will be a historic exhibition. My desire is that the legacy of the Exhibition might go some way to raise the profile of Bishop John Moorman’s ecumenical vision, highlight the resource of the John Moorman Library, and further the missionary endeavors of the Anglican Centre, Rome, both today and for generations to come. Our commitment to fostering understanding and unity among diverse communities, both within the Anglican tradition and beyond, remains unwavering. We are delighted to welcome Most Reverend and Most Honorable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, to open the exhibition."


- Archbishop Ian Ernest, Director of The Anglican Centre in Rome and The Personal Representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Holy See.



Exhibition Details:


Dates: September 30th - October 4th

Location: The Anglican Centre Rome


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