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ACNS - New director for Anglican Centre in Rome

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Date Mon, 09 Dec 2002 16:18:30 -0800

ACNS 3224     |     ITALY     |     9 DECEMBER 2002

New director for Anglican Centre in Rome

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and the Governors of the
Anglican Centre in Rome are pleased to announce the appointment of the Rt
Revd John Flack, Bishop of Huntingdon, as Director of the Centre and the
Archbishop's Representative to the Holy See. Bishop Flack will succeed the
Rt Revd Richard Garrard who will retire at the end of April 2003.

Bishop Flack has had a varied ministry, having been a parish priest in the
dioceses of Ripon, Peterborough and Wakefield, before moving on to become
Archdeacon of Pontefract. He was consecrated Bishop of Huntingdon in 1997.
He has had a lifelong interest in ecumenism and is the Church of England
bishop relating to the Focolare Movement in Italy. Bishop Flack speaks
fluent Italian and said on his appointment, "I am very excited by the new
appointment. It seemed to be right from the very start. I love travel and
languages and will greatly enjoy living in Italy."

The Archbishop of Canterbury welcomed the appointment.

"This appointment in Rome is a crucial link between our two churches and I
am sure that Bishop Flack's pastoral and personal gifts prepare him
perfectly for this key role in Rome."

The Dean of Norwich, the Very Revd Stephen Platten, Chairman of the
Governors of the Centre, said, "Bishop Flack's reputation in the Diocese of
Ely has been outstanding and his linguistic and administrative experience
will be of enormous importance in his new work. We are delighted that he is
to be the new Director."

Bishop Flack is married with two children. His wife, Julia, is a senior
probation officer based in Peterborough.

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