Bishop John Flack, director of the Anglican Centre in Rome and the Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative to the Holy See since 2003, announced his retirement effective February 29, 2008.
"John's energy and commitment, and the hugely generous hospitality that he and Julia have constantly shown, have made the Anglican Centre a very special place indeed,” said the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams. "They will be greatly missed, and I am happy to record my own personal debt to John's ministry."
Flack previously served as Bishop of Huntingdon from 1997 to 2003.
"John has done the most outstanding job as director of the Centre in every way -- as a diplomat, through extraordinary hospitality and through his work as the Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative to the Holy See," said Bishop Stephen Platten of Wakefield, chairman of the Governors of the Anglican Centre in Rome. "The Governors are most grateful to John for all that he has contributed to the life and development of the Centre."
The Anglican Centre was founded in 1966 with the encouragement of then Archbishop of Canterbury Michael Ramsey and Pope Paul VI on the wave of ecumenical enthusiasm engendered by the Second Vatican Council and the birth of ARCIC (The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission). It provides opportunities for Roman Catholics to learn more about the Anglican tradition and Anglicans to learn about the Roman Church. A place of study, for groups and individuals, the Centre offers hospitality, dialogue and prayer in the search for unity. The library currently houses some 13,000 volumes, used by Christians of all traditions, making it the largest Anglican theological library outside the U.K.