By ACNS staff
The Very Reverend Canon David Richardson, the Archbishop’s Representative to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, until his retirement two months ago, has been appointed an OBE in HM The Queen's 2013 Birthday Honours.
The award recognises Canon Richardson’s services to strengthening relations between the UK, the Anglican Communion and the Holy See.
A priest in both England and Australia, Canon Richardson was appointed as the representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, to the Holy See and the director of the Anglican Centre in Rome in December 2007. He was installed in his new position by Archbishop Williams on 7 May 2008 in a ceremony in the Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva.
Previously his roles included clerical representative for Australia on the Anglican Consultative Council (1992–2002). For 25 years he also served on the Australian National Liturgical Commission and was its executive secretary for 15 years. He also served for 15 years on an ecumenical body, the Australian Consultation on Liturgy.
He retired as the ACR’s director in April 2013 and was succeeded by Archbishop David Moxon who said of the appointment: "As the immediate successor to the Very Reverend Canon David Richardson, it is an honour and a privilege to acknowledge his period of ministry in these roles. I have inherited so much of great value, and stand on his shoulders. The credibility and viability of the Centre are obvious both to the Anglican Communion and to the Vatican here in Rome. David’s contribution within and beyond the Church at the international level make this recognition so appropriate.”