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"Those who do not go out of themselves, instead of being mediators, gradually become intermediaries, managers. We know the difference: the intermediary, the manager, “has already received his reward”, and since he does not put his own skin and his own heart on the line, he never hears a warm, heartfelt word of thanks. ...This I ask you: be shepherds, with the “odour of the sheep”, make it real, as shepherds among your flock, fishers of men." +Pope Francis, Chrism Mass, 28 March 2013


Anthony Currer
Since 2013

Tony is a diocesan priest of Hexham and Newcastle diocese in the North East of England, and is an Ecumenical Canon of Southwark Cathedral in London. He currently works at the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity where he is responsible for the Vatican’s relations with the worldwide Anglican and Methodist Communions and for the materials prepared for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Prior to coming to Rome in September 2013, Tony worked for eleven years in pastoral ministry in his diocese. For seven of these years he was parish priest of St. Cuthbert’s in Durham and Chaplain to the University there. A keen amateur cricketer, Tony was made the first captain of the Vatican Cricket Club which toured England in September 2014.

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Luke Hansen, S.J.
Since 2018

Luke Hansen joined the Pastoral Staff on 1st September 2018. Luke is a Jesuit priest from Wisconsin (USA), a contributing editor for La Civiltà Cattolica, and a student at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Luke joined the Jesuits in 2005 and has worked in several capacities with prisoners: as a legal advocate for those with mental illness in a county jail, as a political advocate for Muslim men in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and as a minister and teacher for children as young as 13 in Chicago and women in a federal prison in California. He also lived and worked in a Native American community for two years (Pine Ridge, USA) and later served as an associate editor of the Jesuit journal America, reporting from the Vatican, Honduras, El Salvador and Guantánamo Bay. He has studied philosophy and theology, and he has a special interest in church governance, the leadership and ministry of women, and Catholic social teaching on peace and nonviolence.

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