The Rev. Canon James M. Rosenthal and Deirdre Martin were each awarded the Cross of St. Augustine at a January 26 reception hosted by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams in honor of their combined 51 years of service to the Anglican Communion.
In November 2008, they were both awarded honorary life memberships in the Compass Rose Society in recognition of their outstanding work for the Anglican Communion.
“Deirdre has served the communion for over 30 years with unobtrusive skill and commitment, as well as real theological intelligence. She has been an anchor of stability for us all, and a generous friend to countless individuals,” said Williams. “Jim has been an outstanding ambassador for the communion and has had a unique role in making and keeping friendships among us. I am very glad to recognize in this award the warmth and passionate dedication he has brought to his role.”
Rosenthal was recruited for the communications post at the Anglican Communion Office after his volunteer work during the 1988 Lambeth Conference. He went on to work in a media relations role for two further Lambeth Conferences. He has traveled to more than 60 countries, often accompanying the Archbishop of Canterbury on pastoral visits to provinces of the Anglican Communion.
ENS video: Rosenthal reflects on his ministry