Retirement and Celebration of the Ministry of the outgoing Chair of Governors of the Anglican Centre in Rome 

Bishop Stephen PlattenBishop Stephen Platten, the former Bishop of Wakefield, has completed three decades of service to the Anglican Centre in Rome, half of which as Chair of the Board of Governors. In recognition of his service to the Centre, and to the wider ecumenical movement, the Board of Governors are delighted that the Archbishop of Canterbury has awarded Bishop Platten the Lambeth Cross for Ecumenism.
 
The citation from Lambeth Palace said:

“Bishop Stephen Platten has been involved at a deep level with ecumenical relations during his long ministry alongside his significant and important ministry within the Church of England.”

 
He has worked as the Archbishop of Canterbury's Secretary for Ecumenical Affairs, Anglican Co-Secretary of ARCIC, Minister Provincial of the European Province of the Third Order of the Society of St Francis, as well as serving the ecumenical movement through the Anglican Centre in Rome, the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s personal representative to the Holy See.
 
The Lambeth Cross for Ecumenism is awarded to those who have made an outstanding contribution to ecumenical work in support of the Church of England. The Archbishop of Canterbury concludes “There can be no doubt that Stephen Platten is a worthy recipient of this award.”
 
The Director on behalf of the Board of Governors gave Bishop Stephen a print of the illumination of the Scribe Ezra from the Codex Amiatinus, the earliest complete bible, written and illustrated in the north east of England before AD 716. The Codex is preserved in the Medicea Laurenziana Library in Florence. The illumination shows the scribe Ezra writing a manuscript on his lap, seated before an open book cupboard containing a Bible in nine volumes. The illumination is among the oldest images in the Western world to show a bookcase and the bindings of books. It is an image of scholarship, publishing, the skills and craftsmanship of the north east of England, to where Bishop Stephen will be retiring, and the connections of faith and friendship between the world of England and Italy.