By Elena Dini
ROME — The first speaker of the 2018-2019 VPI series at The Lay Centre was born in Singapore, studied in Germany, and now serves the Anglican Communion in Rome in its relationship with the Holy See.
Rev. Justin Lewis-Anthony, deputy director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, will give the series’ inaugural lecture Sept. 20 on the theme, “Walking Together on the Way, with God, for Others.”
Rev. Lewis-Anthony was educated in Singapore, as well as in Germany and North Yorkshire, England. He completed his PhD on ecclesiastical leadership at the University of Kent. He is a priest of the Church of England for 26 years now, and he has ministered in many dioceses and taught in numerous academic institutions.
In February 2018, he was appointed as the deputy director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, the body that supports the work of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s personal representative to the Holy See.
Just a couple of months after the release of the latest agreed statement by the third Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC III) — “Walking Together on the Way: Learning to be the Church - Local, Regional, Universal” — Rev. Lewis-Anthony will share his thoughts about the “lessons that St Gregory’s mission and St Augustine’s ministry in England have for us today,” he said.
In 595, Pope Gregory sent Augustine to evangelize the Anglo-Saxon people. In 597, Augustine became the first Archbishop of Canterbury.
In an interview with The Lay Centre, Rev. Lewis-Anthony said next week he intends to highlight the “hope and confidence that Gregory and Augustine showed in their day, and the example this can have for us in ours.
The Anglican Centre and The Lay Centre have collaborated for many years now.
“I think that The Lay Centre plays a vital role in helping the laity, the people of God’s church, fulfill their vocations as being ministers and proclaimers of the Gospel,” he said.
“Education, reflection, and then action are all required of us. As one of my great heroes in the faith said, ‘contemplate, and then share the fruits of our contemplation.’ I think The Lay Centre is one of the great conduits of that contemplation in today’s church,” he said.
The presentation will be held Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. The VPI, or Vincent Pallotti Institute, is an annual adult faith formation series, offered by The Lay Centre, for members of public.