St. Andrew’s House, 16 Tavistock Crescent, London W11 1AP, UK Monday, 20th March 2006
Today, in the presence of members of the Joint Standing Committee of the
Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) and the Primates of the Anglican Communion, the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev. Dr. Rowan Williams presented me with the Cross of St. Augustine in appreciation of my services as the Anglican Observer at the United Nations. His words were, “No one deserves it more than you.”
The Cross of St Augustine was founded by Archbishop Michael Ramsey. It was first awarded by him on 19 February 1965. It is a circular medallion bearing a replica of the 8th Century Cross of Canterbury and on the reverse side is an engraving of the chair of St Augustine at Canterbury. The ribbon is of “Canterbury Blue” and it is worn around the neck.
This award has historically been awarded to clergy and lay people of foreign churches who have contributed conspicuously to advancing friendly relations with the churches of the Anglican Communion. More recently it has also been given for outstanding service within the Church of England whether centrally or in the dioceses, or the Anglican Communion as a whole and to those who have contributed to advancing relations between the various Christian communions and churches.
Archdeacon Taimalelagi Fagamalama Tuatagaloa, Anglican Observer at the United Nations and proud wearer of the Cross – Glory to God whose power working in us can do infinitely more than we can ever ask or imagine : Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.