"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
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.
Anthony P. SooHoo, S.J.
Anthony is from New York City. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago. As a Jesuit, he studied philosophy at Fordham University and theology at Boston College. After completing his dissertation on violence in Mesopotamia at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University, he moved to Rome. Currently, he teaches in the Oriental Faculty at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, where he helps students understand the historical, cultural, and religious contexts that influenced the creation and transmission of the Bible.
Fr. Anthony enjoys cooking (his favorite food is Chinese), reading, playing chess, learning new languages, and doing crossword puzzles. He has a good sense of humor and is most creative when interacting with others on a team. As a member of the pastoral staff of Caravita, he is grateful for the opportunity to work with such a dedicated, vibrant, and generous faith community.