New Chapter for Ministry Training

The Diocese has now entered a new training relationship with Queens College Newfoundland, Canada. At a ceremony which included members of the Theological Faculty of this Anglican Foundation, Archdeacon John signed a Memorandum of Understanding which signals the beginning of the new partnership. Queens will accredit and administer the Exploring Faith course which the Diocese has been using for the last five years. Fifteen students from the Diocese have now been enrolled, and it is hoped that another nine may be enrolled in January. College Provost Dr Rick Singleton, the other signatory, said that this was an exciting day for the College, making a positive statement about partnership within the Anglican Communion. Rt Rev Dr Geoff Peddle, Bishop of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, also present welcomed this innovative link with “the most fascinating Diocese in the Anglican World.”

New Member of Staff – Diocesan Office

Helen Perry – Administration Officer

The Diocesan Office has a new member of staff. Helen Perry will be working alongside Anetta Stylianou as Administration Officer, and learning from Anetta’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the Diocese and its workings. Helen brings a wide palate of skills and experiences to complement those already in evidence in our office, and is hugely looking forward to this new task. “I am really happy to be joining such a fascinating and unique organisation,” she said. “I am looking forward to Synod particularly as an opportunity to meet more people and learn more about the work of the Church in our region.”

Helen’s email is helen.perry@cypgulf.org

RIP – Mrs Fawzia Ghais Malek

Mrs Fawzia Ghais Malek

My dear friends,

I would like to inform you that Mrs Fawzia Ghais Malek, the wife of the late Bishop Ghais Malek, passed away yesterday evening, 29 August 2017.

She has been a faithful servant of the Lord, a very supportive wife, and a great mother. She will be greatly missed by the whole church here in Egypt. Please pray for the family and her many friends.

The thanksgiving service will be held at All Saints Cathedral, Zamalek, Cairo at 2pm on Friday 1 September.

Yours in Christ

+ Mouneer Egypt

Anglican Alliance announces new regional facilitator for the Middle East

Joel and his wife with Archbishop Justin

From Anglican News Service

A former architect from Britain has been appointed as the Anglican Alliance’s first regional facilitator for the Middle East. In this new role, Joel Kelling will seek to build the capacity of the churches of the Province in regard to development, relief and advocacy, and create greater sustainability within the institutions of the Province. He will also be the Provincial Administrator for the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, covering the Dioceses of Cyprus & the Gulf, Egypt and North Africa, Iran, and Jerusalem.

Joel gained an interest in the issues of international development and humanitarian relief following a spell of volunteering in the UK and Ghana with a global housing charity fighting poverty, Habitat for Humanity. He then went on to study for an MA in Development and Emergency Practice at Oxford Brookes University, where he met his wife, Fiona.

Fiona and Joel have since travelled to the Philippines, working in relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan and on to Jerusalem, where Joel moved into serving in the Church, as Executive Assistant to Dean Hosam Naoum. He was instrumental in the organisation and coordination of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby’s visit to the Holy Land earlier in 2017  and has been involved in facilitating both Ecumenical and Inter-faith work in Jerusalem.

He will initially be based in Jerusalem with plans to move to Amman, Jordan in 2018. Joel said: “I am looking forward to continuing to support and uphold the Christians of the Middle East, promoting a ministry of reconciliation, and helping to support greater cooperation and coordination across the Province.”

The Revd Andy Bowerman, Co-Executive Director at the Anglican Alliance said:  “We are delighted to welcome Joel after a careful process of consultation, prayer and discernment with the Province. His appointment comes at a crucial moment in the story of the region and we ask others around the communion to join with us in praying for him as he seeks to fulfil these two demanding roles”.

© Anglican Communion News Service

Chaldean Patriarch Visits Mosul, Three Years After ISIS Took City…

Exactly three years since Mosul was taken by the so called IS Islamic state terror group (DAESH), Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako was able to return to the northern Iraqi city of Mosul visiting churches and monasteries recently retrieved by government forces from IS Islamic terror group domination, including areas to the left of the Tigris River. The Patriarch was accompanied by Archbishop Ramzi Garmou — head of the Chaldean Arch-Eparchy of Teheran , Bishop Habib al Nawfali , head of the Chaldean diocese of Bassora — and Basel Salim Yaldo, Chaldean Auxiliary of Baghdad. The Chaldean delegation was also joined by political officials of the Nineveh province . The Chaldean Patriarch and those accompanying him visited various churches in that part of Mosul including the Holy Spirit Chaldean church, a Chaldean monastery dedicated to Saint George, the Syrian Orthodox church of Saint Ephraim and the Syrian Catholic church of the Annunciation, all sacked and partly demolished during the Jihadist occupation. Among the ruins the Patriarch, the bishops and those accompanying them stopped to pray together (see photo).

During their visit the Chaldean Patriarch and Bishops, had a meeting with Major General Najim Abdullah al Juburi, of the Iraki army who is leading the present Mosul liberation campaign. Speaking with the Patriarch and the Bishops the Major General said he hoped for a swift return home of Christians of Mosul, who fled when the city fell into the hands of the Jihadists and he added “without its Christians the city would lose its original character and identity “. The Major General confirmed that the Iraqi army is committed to protecting towns and villages in the Nineveh plains, and guaranteeing the return of the people, mainly Christians, living there when DAESH arrived . The Patriarch stressed the need to protect the property of evacuated Christians who at this delicate time risk being illegally expropriated by organized groups, often armed, acting uncontrolled in the area.

During their visit, amply documented by the official Chaldean Patriarchate Media and by ISHTAR TV, the Chaldean Patriarch and the Bishops saw for themselves that normality is gradually returning in the areas of Mosul liberated from the control of the Jihadists, although artillery shooting can still be heard coming from urban areas on the left bank of the Tigris, where the battle between the Iraqi army and DAESH forces continues.

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