Canon Richardson, who stood down in April after five years as the Archbishop’s representative and director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, was appointed OBE [Order of the British Empire] in 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.
“This award is richly deserved after all the hard work, dedication and commitment that David has shown in his ministry at the Anglican Centre,” said Archbishop Justin. “It is a true recognition of all that he has achieved, and long may it continue.”
Previously Canon Richardson’s 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.
His successor in Rome, Archbishop David Moxon, said: “It is an honour and a privilege to acknowledge Canon Richardson’s 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 and award so appropriate.”