Cross of St Augustine

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The Cross of St Augustine is an award of merit in the gift of the Archbishop of Canterbury. It is awarded to members of the Anglican Communion who have made significant contributions to the life of the worldwide Communion, or to a particular autonomous church within Anglicanism.[1] It is also awarded to members of other traditions who have made a conspicuous contribution to ecumenism. It is the second highest international award for service within Anglicanism.


The Award was created in 1965 by Archbishop Michael Ramsey. There is no limit on the number of recipients, although the Cross is said to be awarded to "a small number of clergy and lay people each year".[2] 2008 is an example of a year in which the number of awards was larger, with 13 Crosses awarded at a standard presentation ceremony[3] and a further 8 awarded at a special presentation for key organisers of the 2008 Lambeth Conference.[4]

Grades of award[edit]

There are three grades of the Cross of St Augustine - bronze, silver, and gold.[5] In almost all cases, unless stated otherwise, the silver award is made. A small number of bronze awards have been made for conspicuous service to Anglicanism; a very small number of gold awards have been made for outstanding service.


The Chair of St Augustine (the archiepiscopal throne in Canterbury Cathedral, Kent)

The medal awarded to recipients bears an engraving of the Chair of St Augustine on its reverse. This stone chair in Canterbury Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury in his role as head of the Anglican Communion. Archbishops of Canterbury are enthroned twice: firstly as diocesan ordinary (and Metropolitan and Primate of the Church of England) in the archbishop's throne, by the Archdeacon of Canterbury; and secondly as leader of the worldwide church in the Chair of St Augustine by the Dean of Canterbury Cathedral which is followed by a blessing by the senior (by length of service) archbishop of the Anglican Communion. The stone chair is therefore of symbolic significance throughout Anglicanism. The obverse of the medal shows the Canterbury Cross. Medals are worn on a blue ribbon either around the neck (by clergy) as a collarette, or on the left breast (by laity).


The Cross of St Augustine is the second highest award within Anglicanism. The highest award granted by Lambeth Palace is the Archbishop of Canterbury's Award for Outstanding Service to the Anglican Communion, which is awarded exceedingly rarely, and is the highest award within the Anglican Communion.[6]

These Lambeth Awards were expanded in March 2016 by Archbishop Justin Welby, by the addition of the six new awards based upon his ministry priority areas. The full suite of non-academic awards now compliments the academic awards available through the Lambeth degrees.

List of recipients[edit]


  • Reverend Canon Dr Gideon Byamugisha, "for his pioneering work helping African communities to overcome the suffering of HIV and AIDS"[7]


  • Prof. Salvatore Bordonali, "for his contribution to the legal and bureaucratic recognition of the Church of England by the Italian Republic and to the agreement of an 'Intesa' between the parties"
  • Reverend Canon Jamie Callaway, "for services to international Anglicanism"
  • Reverend Hamdy Sedky Daoud, "for sustained and courageous service to the Anglican Communion in North Africa"
  • Rt Revd Hilkiah Omindo Deya, "for his contribution to the mission of the Church of God in his own diocese, in his province of Tanzania and subsequently to the wider communion in promoting stability in Anglicanism in East Africa"
  • Prof. Fabiano Di Prima, "for his contribution to the legal and bureaucratic recognition of the Church of England by the Italian Republic and to the agreement of an 'Intesa' between the parties"
  • Phyllis Richardson, "for her outstanding contribution to the flourishing of local church community"


  • Dr Sally Thompson, "For her outstanding work in building and sustaining the International Anglican Family Network"[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ See this report on the Archbishop of Canterbury's website.
  2. ^ Quoted on the Archbishop's awards webpage.
  3. ^ "Thirteen awarded Cross of St. Augustine by Archbishop of Canterbury". 16 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "Cross of St Augustine awarded to members of the 2008 Lambeth Conference Design Group". 
  5. ^ See award details here on the Lambeth Palace website.
  6. ^ See details here.
  7. ^ "Archbishop awards Cross of St Augustine to Reverend Canon Dr Gideon Byamugisha". Archbishop of Canterbury. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  8. ^ "The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Awards: Lambeth Palace" (pdf). Archbishop of Canterbury. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  9. ^ "The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Awards: Citations in Alphabetical Order" (pdf). Archbishop of Canterbury. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.