[Episcopal News Service]
Judith Gillespie, former executive for world missions at the Episcopal Church Center and grants officer at Trinity Church Wall Street, received the Cross of St. Augustine from Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey on September 24.
'Each year I award the cross to a small number of individuals who have given long and exceptionally distinguished service to the Church of England or have contributed conspicuously to advancing relations with the churches of the Anglican Communion,' said Carey in his citation.
Carey said that Gillespie's contribution to the global outreach of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion 'cannot be exaggerated.' He said that over the years Gillespie 'built a solid reputation for reliability and mutual accountability amongst international partners.' Through a series of consultations with international partners, 'she became an apostle of transparency, helping churches to put all their business on the table so as to be able to collaboratively plan and take counsel for the future.'
Carey concluded his citation by telling Gillespie that 'your leadership by forthright example has strengthened the bonds that make up so much of our global family.'