History of the Compass Rose Society

The Compass Rose Society takes its name from the symbol of the Anglican Communion: a mariner's compass representing the spread of the gospel to all its points around the world. The Society was formed so that parishes, dioceses, provinces, and other Communion related organizations throughout the world could join in providing financial support for the Communion's work.

The Society began following a 1994 mission visit by Archbishop George Carey to the war-ravaged Province of the Sudan, a country then largely forgotten by the media and the world. When he returned home, the Archbishop felt strongly that the desperate story of the Sudanese people needed to be told broadly and the Anglican Communion Office began to generate publicity. The office took these steps in faith as there were no funds budgeted to communicate the Sudanese story. But the response from the global Anglican family, both in prayer and in financial support, was positive. The hardships facing the provinces of the Communion are often unknown to the world at large. But in the Sudan, the Anglican Communion Office offered, for the first time, hands-on communication support to a province in need. Out the challenges in the Sudan, the Compass Rose Society was formed to continue to fund the work of the Anglican Communion Office. It was formally established in 1997 and has raised over $9 million (USD) since.

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