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Canon William Purdy
1911-1994

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born Derby 1911; educated at the English College, Rome and Christ’s College, Cambridge; ordained priest 1934; taught at St. Edmund’s, Ware, St. Hugh’s, Tollerton, and the Beda College, Rome 1959-1966; Secretariat for Christian Unity 1966- ; died November 1994.

The Rev. Canon William A. Purdy taught for a number of years at the Beda College in Rome before joining the staff of the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity in 1966. He was a pioneer in fostering new contacts between the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion after the Second Vatican Council. His main work was involvement in the relations between the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion and the World Methodist Council. He was co-secretary of the international dialogues with both of theses World Communions, helping to prepare the reports that these dialogues produced. These include the landmark “Final Report” of ARCIC published in 1981. [from the obituary notice in Information Service 88 (1995/I)]

Responses to Agreed Statements

Roman Catholic Comments on the Venice Statement
Canon William A. Purdy ~ 14 Dec. 1979 ~ ARCIC-216

Study papers

Summary of Criticisms of the Windsor and Canterbury Statements
Canon William A. Purdy ~ June 1977 ~ ARCIC-163
Report on approaching the problem of Anglican Orders
Rev. Canon John Findlow and Canon William A. Purdy ~ 30 Dec. 1967 ~ ARCJPC-sf-8
Practical Proposals
Prof. Howard Root and Canon William A. Purdy ~ 30 Dec. 1968 ~ ARCJPC-12.5
Anglican/Roman Catholic Relations since January 1968
Canon William A. Purdy and Bp. John Satterthwaite ~ 9 Jan. 1970 ~ ARCPJC-2
Growing Together: An Assessment of the Opportunities for Collaboration between the Two Churches
Canon William A. Purdy and Prof. Howard Root ~ 9 Jan. 1970 ~ ARCPJC-6
Growing Together: A Proposed Enquiry
Canon William A. Purdy ~ 1 Sept. 1971 ~ ARCIC-33C
Report on approaching the problem of Anglican Orders
Canon William A. Purdy and Rev. Canon John Findlow ~ 27 Aug. 1972 ~ ARCIC-52-1
Six propositions of International Theology Commission on “The Priestly Ministry”
Canon William A. Purdy ~ 28 June 1973 ~ ARCIC-76-3
Notes on Approaching the Question of Church and Authority
Canon William A. Purdy ~ 27 Aug. 1973 ~ ARCIC-83
The Ordination of Women and Anglican-Roman Catholic Relations
Canon William A. Purdy ~ 27 Feb. 1978 ~ ARCCOW-4

Draft texts & Schema

Draft outline
Canon William A. Purdy ~ 1 Mar. 1978 ~ ARCCOW-7

Working correspondence

Correspondence to members of the dialogue
Canon William A. Purdy ~ 4 Aug. 1971 ~ ARCIC-29A

Miscellaneous documents

Letter to Rev. Christopher Hill
Canon William A. Purdy ~ 15 Sept. 1976
Letter to Bishop John Howe
Canon William A. Purdy ~ 28 Mar. 1977
Letter to Rev. Christopher Hill
Canon William A. Purdy ~ 12 Dec. 1977