Centro 2012 January
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Initiated by Fr Paul Watson in 1908 the Octave is set between the Feast of the Chair of St Peter on 18th and the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul on 25th January. No wonder it is always a busy week for the Anglican Centre in Rome; here are some of 2012’s highlights -
Thursday at Centro pro Unione
Ecumenical Celebration of the Word led by Canon David Richarson
Sunday at Oratorio di San Francesco Saverio del Caravita
Catholic Eucharist, Preacher Canon David Richardson as preacher
Monday at Villa Nazareth
Canon David Richardson discussion on ecumenism with c 100 students
Tuesday at the Anglican Centre
Anglican Eucharist, Preacher Revd Ken Howcroft, Methodist Minister in Rome, followed by lunch
Wednesday at the Papal Basilica of San Paolo fuori le Mura
Vespers with Pope Benedict XVI Solemn Closing of the Week Watch it here.
The Catholic League UK offers material based upon text devised by Fr Paul Couturier, a pioneer of what has become known as “Spiritual ecumenism”, based on the prayer of Jesus that they might be one as the Father and the Son are one, so that the world might believe, and realising that overcoming the worldly Church's divisions through penitence and charity would be offer a renewed faith to the whole world.
This prayer for the unity of God’s people is regularly used at the Tuesday Eucharist in the Chapel of the Anglican Centre.
We pray, Lord, for your one holy catholic and apostolic Church,
redeemed by the blood of your Christ.
Reveal its unity, guard its faith, and preserve it in peace.
Courses in 2012
There are still some places on our Courses
Contact Jan Hague, Course Administrator on firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 7 – Sunday 13 May 2012
God's Pauper: Franciscan Spirituality Today
The life and teachings of Francis of Assisi continue to be a powerful source of inspiration today. Course sessions will provide an in-depth encounter with Franciscan thought and spirituality. Through the ‘touchstones’ afforded to us in visiting Franciscan sites in Rome and in Assisi itself, we can be brought closer to his teachings and the worldwide movement he created over eight hundred years ago. More Cost: 520 €
Monday 18 – Saturday 23 June 2012
Rome Summer School: A Writer's Rome
Byron exclaimed “Oh Rome! My country! city of my soul!” and over the centuries many writers have felt a sense of affinity with this many-layered city. Special guest speaker, Salley Vickers, author of Miss Garnet’s Angel and The Other Side of You, which is set partly in Rome, will be looking at these and other novels with Roman associations (such as Portrait of a Lady and Middlemarch). The course will include the poetry of Keats and Shelley and some exploration of Rome, including those places associated with English writers. More Cost: 520 €
Monday 22 – Thursday 25 October 2012
Exploration in Rome
A ‘mini-pilgrimage’ designed to enable independent travellers to explore their faith in the context of Rome and its centrality in Christian history. The course contains introductory talks on aspects of Rome, guided tours of several key Christian sites in Rome, attendance at the weekly Papal audience, guided reflections, corporate worship and several shared meals. Many of those attending may wish to extend their stay with further exploration of Rome.
More Cost: 220 €
Journey in hope
The Anglican Centre has recently produced a booklet of texts significant in Anglican – Roman Catholic relations over the past century or more, giving important references to the work of ARCIC I and ARCIC II. Journey in hope is obtainable free via www.anglicancentreinrome.org, or from email@example.com
Anniversaries in 2012
The Camaldoli Benedictines Millennium Celebrations
The celebrations are being held at San Gregorio al Celio from which Augustine was sent by Gregory the Great to England. The monastery is on the site of Gregory's family home; Augustine was the Prior of the monastery.
The 650th Anniversary of the oldest English institution outside England
The Hospice of St Thomas was founded in Via di Monserrato in 1362 as a pilgrim hostel, becoming a seminary of 1576 – the Venerable English College.
The 350th Anniversary of the Book of Common Prayer
The “1662 Prayer Book” has shaped the worship and doctrine of the Church of England as well as wider afield across the global Anglican Communion. It remains the cornerstone of Anglican identity, is its official standard of doctrine, and as a distinctive part of Anglican Patrimony is a gift to the whole Church.
The 50th Anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council
Convened by Pope John XXIII on Christmas Day 1961, meeting first in October 1962, the Second Vatican Council was the most significant event for the Roman Catholic Church since the Reformation of the 16th century – and indeed for the whole of Christianity in the western world. The Council renewed the self-understanding of the Church, its inner life and its relationship to other Christian traditions, other religions and the world
What the next months have in store for the Director
Among a group of seventeen in the Holy Land with the Archbishop of Canterbury for a retreat/pilgrimage.
Ash Wednesday - preside at the ecumenical liturgy at Caravita.
Accompany the Archbishop of Canterbury in the millennial celebrations of the Camaldoli Benedictines.
Visit the monastic community in Bose.
Visit by group of English supporters of the Anglican Centre.
Franciscan Spirituality Course
An English Diocesan Senior Staff visit
Anglican Centre Governors’ Meeting in Wakefield, UK
Writer’s Rome Course with Salley Vickers
Attend Nikaean Club Dinner in London with Cardinal Kurt Koch
Bishops of Papua New Guinea visit Centre during their Ad limina
An English Diocesan Senior Staff visit
Exploration in Rome Mini-pilgrimage