Prince of Wales visits service at St Dunstan-in-the-West church
His Royal Highness, Prince Charles of Wales, last week visited St-Dunstan-in-the-West church to take part in a Romanian Orthodox ministry with about 200 Romanian citizens living and working in the UK.
The service, which was carried out in Romanian, English and Greek, was also attended by the Bishop of Fulham and representatives of the Church of England and the Romanian Orthodox Church.
St Dunstan’s has served as the spiritual home of the St. Gheorghe Romanian parish, the oldest of its kind in the UK, for over fifty years. This relationship forms a key part of St Dunstan’s Church for Europe initiative, which aims to ensure that public discourse about the future of Europe includes a spiritual dimension.
The Prince of Wales’s visit reflects his strong interest in Romania, a country he regularly visits. In 2015 he established the Prince of Wales Foundation Romania to build on his charitable work there, with several projects supporting architectural heritage preservation, farming and sustainable development.
Following the service, the Bishop of Fulham, the Rt Revd Jonathan Baker said:
“It was a privilege to join with friends and colleagues from the Anglican and Romanian Churches in welcoming the Prince of Wales to St Dunstan’s. We are great admirers of his tireless support for Romania and the wonderful achievements of his Foundation.”
The Priest in Charge of St-Dunstan-in-the-West, the Revd Dr Barry A Orford said:
“St Dunstan’s has a noble history of inclusivity and variety. I’m proud that we can continue that tradition through our work with the Eastern Orthodox Churches and the wider European community. In these pivotal times, let us continue to share prayers and remember the importance of faith in bridging and healing divisions”