Applications are invited for the post of representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Holy See and director of the Anglican Centre in Rome to succeed the Rt. Rev. John Flack who is retiring on February 28, 2008 after nearly five years in the post.
"Bishop John has held this office during a crucial period of change and challenge both for Roman Catholics and for Anglicans," said Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. "Throughout his time, serving with enormous energy, distinction and warmth, both as pastor and diplomat, he has built up the work of the Anglican Centre in Rome as well as developing our relationships with the Vatican. His successor will be able to build on his achievements and take forward this vital work."
Replacing Flack "involves finding a person of experience and stature, an ordained Anglican, ideally a Bishop of the Anglican Communion," an announcement from the Anglican Communion Office said.
The post-holder acts as a two-way ambassador between the Vatican and both the Archbishop of Canterbury and the wider Anglican Communion. As director of the Anglican Centre in Rome the incumbent's role is multi-layered, binding together ambassadorial, educational, pastoral and interpretative elements.
"The person needs to be theologically able with good linguistic ability," the release said. "A knowledge of Italian is preferable and a willingness and ability to learn Italian is essential. Accommodation is provided at the Anglican Centre in Rome, which occupies a large apartment within Palazzo Doria Pamphilj at the heart of historic Rome."
The post is expected to be for a three to five year period.
Further details and an application form are available on request from:
London SE1 7JU
Fax: +44 20 7401 9886
All enquiries and applications will be treated in confidence. The closing date for applications is October 15.
Further information about the Anglican Centre in Rome is available here (http://www.anglicancentreinrome.org/).