Global Anglican Cleric Comes to Surrey
A new parish priest is coming to the Church of Christ the King in Salfords, Surrey, early in the new year. The Revd Canon Dr James Rosenthal, 69, comes originally from Chicago USA, but has been in the UK for some 30 years.
“Father Jim” is a British Subject, and aside from his previous work as the director of communications for the global Anglican Communion, he has served churches in the Dioceses of London, Canterbury and Southwark.
In his Anglican Communion work he found himself visiting 70 countries where Anglican Christianity has been planted. “My favourite visits were to The Sudan. “Four times there has allowed me to feel companionship with these dedicated Christians. What a privilege.” He travelled alongside Lord Carey for 10 years and also global visits with Lord Williams and Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Canon John Peterson, all now retired.
Fr Rosenthal is currently a Canon in the Spanish Episcopal Church and the Lusitanian Church of Portugal. His canonries have included Mpwapwa Tanzania and Gibraltar. He holds a Doctorate in Canon Law from Seabury Seminary USA. He is a church musician and also worked for the Diocese of Chicago. His background included work in Nuclear Medicine in a USA Catholic Medical Centre for 11 years. The parish is in the Liberal Catholic tradition of the Church of England. He is also founder of the UK St Nicholas Society.
He moves to Surrey early in the new year, depending on COVID19. He said, “I am greatly looking forward to be priest for this community and hope that people will see in us the needed comfort, joy and blessing in the days ahead for all people of goodwill and especially at this critical time with COVID19”.