Bishop Michael is pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Kent Middleton to be parish priest and chaplain of St Luke Ras al Khaimah and St Nicholas Fujairah within the Chaplaincy and Dubai, Sharjah, and the Northern Emirates. Fr Kent is at present curate and assistant priest of St Paul’s Cathedral Nicosia.  A South read on

Bridges to Bethlehem

The  Middle East Council of Churches have produced a series of short videos that showcase the way Christmas is joyfully and confidently celebrated in our Middle East region.  The first is introduced by our own Canon Andy Thompson and features not just Anglicans but also some of the many hosted groups at St Andrew Abu Dhabi.  Visit the link to “Bridges to Bethlehem” below to see more videos.

Bridges to Bethlehem Christmas Videos


The Revd Canon Dr Andrew Mayes

Bishop Michael is pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Canon Dr Andrew Mayes as parish priest and chaplain of St Barnabas Limassol, including St Lazarus Pissouri, and diocesan spirituality adviser.

Canon Mayes is currently Rector of East Blatchington and Bishopstone, near Seaford, Sussex, and spirituality adviser in the Diocese of Chichester.

His earlier ministry was in the dioceses of London, Chelmsford, and Birmingham, all in the Province of Canterbury.  He has also served as course director at St George’s College, Jerusalem.  As well as leading on spirituality in his present diocese he has also overseen continuing ministerial education.

Please pray for Fr Andrew and his wife Ann as they prepare to move to the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf.  A licensing date in early May will be confirmed in due course.

An honour in Bahrain

Mrs Carol Angela Murray

Congratulations to Mrs Angela Murray on being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.  The citation notes her service to charity and community in the Kingdom of Bahrain as well as her service on the Bahrain Anglican Church Council.

Angela is well known across the diocese not least for her membership of Bishop’s Council and Standing and Finance Committee.  A published author, she is completing a comprehensive history of the diocese.

Angela will also be installed as a lay canon of St Christopher’s Cathedral on 23 February.


St Christopher Cathedral, Bahrain

The Bishop of the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf, the Rt Revd Michael Lewis, is delighted to announce six new canons of the diocese’s two cathedrals, three to be installed in Bahrain and three in Cyprus.

On Friday 23 February 2018 at St Christopher’s Cathedral, Manama, Bahrain, he will confer clerical canonries on the Revd Stephen Thanapaul and the Revd Jebaraj Devasagayam, and a lay canonry on Mrs Angela Murray.

On Thursday 3 May at St Paul’s Cathedral, Nicosia, Cyprus, he will confer clerical canonries on the Revd Brian Elliott, the Revd Paul Burt, and the Revd Bertrand Olivier.

Fr Stephen Thanapaul has served for a number of years as a chaplain of the Mission to Seafarers, both in India and the Gulf.  In Bahrain he is also associate priest at the cathedral and plays a prominent part in English and Tamil worship.

Fr Jebaraj Devasagayam, after a ministry that has included theological education and publication as well as pastoral responsibility, has pioneered Tamil-language worship in Qatar while contributing to all aspects of the life of the Church of the Epiphany.

Mrs Angela Murray, a historian and writer and long-term resident of Bahrain, is well-known throughout the community and a key figure at St Christopher’s Cathedral.  She is in the process of compiling an exhaustively reasearched history of our diocese.

Padre Brian Elliott has been an army chaplain in various capacities for forty years, including a spell as Deputy Assistant Chaplain-General.  He now serves as honorary assistant priest at St Paul’s Cathedral, Nicosia.

The Revd Paul Burt has had a varied ordained ministry not only in parishes but also as teacher, house master, and school chaplain, latterly at Winchester College, and currently as a senior chaplain of the Mission to Seafarers in Dubai and Regional Director for the Gulf and South Asia.  When he steps down from that post in the spring he will continue to live in the UAE.

The Revd Bertrand Olivier is soon to become Dean of Montreal Cathedral in Canada and will continue his already strong support of the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf.  A Frenchman, he has been vicar of All Hallows by the Tower in London, our diocese’s host and base in the UK, for twelve years and is Bishop Michael’s Commissary.

All who are able are warmly encouraged to join the new canons at their installations.  Your prayers and thanksgivings are asked for them and their families.

St Paul Cathedral, Nicosia

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