Monday, October 28, 2013

Yesterday, I spent much of the day at the Anglican Center in Rome.  Headed up by Archbishop David Moxon, the Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative to the Holy See, the Anglican Center is the embassy for the Anglican Communion in Rome.  It was founded in 1966, after the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Michael Ramsey.  I was able to walk from my hotel (near the Vatican) to the Anglican Center; so it really is right at the heart of the historic center of Rome.

The Roman Catholic Church is an important conversation partner for all Episcopalians.  This Center is providing a rich resource for such conversations.  With a specialized library and an imaginative program, it ensures the conversation is really happening.

Three years ago, the Rev. Dr. Roger Ferlo led a cross-cultural immersion to Rome.  I would love to see another Faculty member step forward to do this.  Rome is a spectacular city; the conversation with the Roman Catholic Church is vitally important.  This isn't for everyone; but I want the Seminary to provide plenty of opportunities to satisfy a range of interests.  My hope for Virginia Theological Seminary is that this is a place where many contrasting and different student stories can be written.

The Very Rev Ian Markham
Dean and President