The former Editor of The Tablet, Catherine Pepinster, has been appointed as the UK Development Officer for the Anglican Centre in Rome.
Catherine’s role will be to co-ordinate the fundraising activities of the Centre in the United Kingdom, working with its UK Development Committee, to plan and implement marketing and fundraising activities. This is to ensure that annual running costs of the Centre are fully funded and to deliver The Golden Jubilee Appeal campaign to raise £3million in the UK to endow the activities of the Centre for the longer term.
The Golden Jubilee Appeal was launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury last October during his memorable visit to Rome to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Anglican Centre. The UK Devekiopment Committee is chaired by the Revd Dr Jamie Hawkey, the Dean of Clare College, Cambridge:
"Catherine Pepinster brings immense experience and distinction as a highly-respected journalist of international standing, and as a prominent Roman Catholic utterly committed to the goal of Christian Unity. We look forward to harnessing her energy, vision and imagination, especially as we continue to develop our Endowment Appeal which will ensure the Centre's exciting work well into the future."
Catherine Pepinster said: “As someone with both a Catholic and Anglican family, I am personally deeply committed to furthering the ecumenical cause. During the last 13 years as editor of The Tablet, I saw at close hand the vital work of the Anglican Centre. When I visited the Centre during its fiftieth anniversary celebrations last year I was particularly struck by the goodwill that it has generated and the strong partnerships that exist between Catholics and Anglicans, not least between Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury. I am delighted to now help develop and sustain the Anglican Centre’s work to build relations between the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church”.
The Rt Revd Dr Stephen Platten, the Chair of the Governing body of the Anglican Centre in Rome said: "This is splendid news. Catherine brings enormous knowledge, enthusiasm and experience from within the Roman Catholic community and beyond. This will broaden the network that the Anglican Centre serves both in Britain and worldwide."