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The Anglican Centre in Rome has strong links with many other organizations in Rome, some of which are close by in the historic centre of the city and others in different neighbourhoods. While the close bonds remain, many of these organizations have been affected by lockdowns in Rome so please check their websites for further information.
The gallery, based in the same palazzo as the Anglican Centre, is one of Rome’s hidden gems. Like the palace, it remains in the hands of the Doria Pamphilj family and displays their magnificent art collection. It includes paintings and furnishings from Pope Innocent X’s Palazzo Pamphilj, in the nearby Piazza Navona, and the most outstanding painting on display is Velazquez’s portrait of that same pope. Other masterpieces on display include Mary Magdalene by Caracci, and three works by Caravaggio – Penitent Magdalen, The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, and St John the Baptist. Unlike most galleries, where art is displayed on bare white walls, the works here are in stunning rooms that are also worth viewing, from the ballroom to the music room, and add to the atmosphere of the gallery.
Go to https://www.doriapamphilj.it/roma/ for an online tour.
Via del Caravita, 7, 00186, Rome - known as “Caravita”.
The church of San Francesco Saverio is a 17th century church is just around the corner from the Anglican Centre, with which it has strong links. As well as being a fine historic building, admired by visitors to the heart of Rome, it is also home to the Caravita community, an international, English-speaking group who are committed to ecumenism and interreligious dialogue and keen to welcome Christians of other denominations and people curious about the faith. The community normally meet at 11am on Sundays for Mass in English. Two priests serve the community: Fr Anthony P. SooHoo, a Jesuit, who teaches in the Oriental Faculty at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, and Fr Anthony Currer, who works at the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity where he is responsible for the Vatican’s relations with the Anglican and Methodist Communions.
In 2013, Caravita and the Anglican Centre committed to working together through the signing of a covenant which was renewed again in 2016.
Go to http://caravita.org/ for more information, including about online Mass
Via di Monserrato, 45, 00186, Rome
The Venerable English College, often known as the VEC, was first founded as a Catholic seminary in 1579 but has an even earlier history as a hospice for English pilgrims to Rome, founded in 1362. It is the oldest English institution outside the British Isles. Countless English men preparing for the priesthood have studied there and in recent years, Anglican ordinands have also spent some months studying as part of their own preparation for ministry. The VEC celebrates a special Mass offered for Christian unity each year during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, to which ecumenical guests are invited. The current Rector, Fr Philip Whitmore, leaves at the end of the academic year, and will be succeeded by Fr Stephen Wang, currently senior Catholic chaplain to the universities within the Diocese of Westminster.
Via Santa Maria dell'Anima, 30, I-0018, Rome
Centro Pro Unione is an organization founded by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, an order which began life in 1898 as an Anglican Franciscan community and which was later welcomed into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Pius X in 1909. It is devoted to promoting unity among Christians. In the 1950s the friars worked with the Ladies of Bethany and the Foyer Unitas to welcome Protestant and Orthodox visitors to Rome. At that time the friars were also involved with the ecumenical magazine Unitas and with the League of Prayer. In more recent times, the friars have run the Centro Pro Unione as a meeting place for ecumenical research, dialogue and encounter. It is based in the Pamphilj Palace in Piazza Navona where the Doria Pamphilj family first invited the League of Prayer in 1962 to be based.
The Centre also runs talks, many of which are available online. It often works alongside the Anglican Centre on ecumenical events.
Largo della Sanità Militare, 60, 00184, Rome
The Lay Centre is dedicated to the formation of the laity and promotion of the lay vocation and is also committed to ecumenical dialogue. It offers spiritual formation courses and conferences to groups. It also has a residence which can accommodate lay students enrolled in pontifical universities in Rome and professors in Rome for study or research.
The Centre’s origins lie in Casa Foyer Unitas which was founded by the Ladies of Bethany, a Dutch order of nuns, during the Second Vatican Council, to provide accommodation for ecumenical observers to the Council who met for debriefing with Council participants in the Centro Pro Unione next door. When the Ladies of Bethany’s work in Rome finished in the 1980s, it was taken up by their student assistants, who founded the Lay Centre.
During the pandemic the Centre has been offering spiritual reflections by email. For details of these, go to: http://www.laycentre.org/
Piazza Sant’Egidio 3a, 00153, Rome
The Community of Sant’Egidio is today a worldwide lay community, founded in Rome in 1968 by Andrea Riccardi and based since 1973 in the former Carmelite church of Sant’Egidio in Trastevere. Sant’Egidio is focused on the needs of the poor and arbitration of conflicts. In Rome it has a special focus on the homeless and refugees. It is also represented in 73 countries across the globe and is committed to working ecumenically. It has strong links with the Anglican Centre, which supports its work with the vulnerable and its commitment to peace.
Sant’Egidio has always combined its work with prayer and a particular focus is the evening prayer held in the Church of Sant’Egidio in Trastevere.
You can join in with the prayer of the Community of Sant'Egidio online. It is broadcast live on both the website of Sant’Egidio, Facebook page and Youtube channel from Monday to Friday at 8 pm (UTC 1). The Liturgy is streamed on Saturdays at 7.30 pm (UTC). For the website, go to https://www.santegidio.org/pageID/30008/langID/en/THE-COMMUNITY.html
Via del Babuino, 153, Rome
All Saints Church has been home to Anglicans in Rome for 120 years. It has a regular congregation of people based in Rome as well as welcoming tourists and pilgrims visiting the city. It holds two Masses on Sundays at 8.30 and 10.30 am as well as a midweek Mass on a Thursday at 12.45 pm, and choral evensong on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7pm from September to June. In February 2017, Pope Francis visited All Saints – the first visit of its kind of a pope to an Anglican Community.
Since 2016 All Saints has been running a joint food distribution programme with its Roman Catholic sister church of Ognissanti.
For more details of services go to: https://www.allsaintsrome.org/
We are a living symbol of the Anglican Communion's commitment to the full visible unity of the Church