The Reverend Christopher Howitz

The Bishop in Cyprus and the Gulf, the Rt Revd Michael Lewis, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Christopher Howitz as Anglican Chaplain in Oman. He will serve as co-chaplain within the PCO (Protestant Church in Oman), an ecumenical partnership with the RCA (Reformed Church of America).

Chris was ordained and has always served in the Diocese of Manchester and for the past six years has ministered as priest in charge of St Clement Higher Openshaw, an inner-urban parish where the congregation has a significant international background. He expects to move to Oman in January 2012 and to be licensed in Muscat by the bishop on a date to be confirmed.

Please pray for Chris, for Nicole his wife, and for Joshua their infant son. Remember also the Revd Dr Barry Dawson, who begins ministry as the new RCA co-chaplain at this time, and for all who live, work and worship in the Sultanate.

+Michael Cyprus and the Gulf

The Reverend Faiz Jerjees

Ordination of Reverend Faiz Jerjees at St George's Church, Baghdad

Sunday September 11 was a great day for the congregation of St George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad.

The bishop, the Right Reverend Michael Lewis was present to ordain the first Iraqi Anglican priest at the church, the Reverend Faiz Jerjees, before a congregation of several hundred. Together with his wife Nawal, Faiz has been largely responsible for the day to day work of the chaplaincy during the last year, as a deacon. Prior to that, he was a Lector at the church. read on

Two new Honorary Canons for St Christopher’s Cathedral, Bahrain

The Bishop in Cyprus and the Gulf, the Rt Revd Michael Lewis, is pleased to announce the appointment of a new lay canon and a new clerical canon of St Christopher’s Cathedral, Manama,Bahrain.

Mr John BanfieldMr John Banfield is a co-opted member of Diocesan Synod’s Standing and Finance Committee, which is also the Bishop’s Council. For some time now he has had special responsibilities in the oversight and planning of the diocese’s finances. He also supervises the coordination of its representation in the United Kingdom. Through his life in business John has had a long residential and travelling association with the region and the diocese, both Cyprus and the Gulf. He has been particularly instrumental in maintaining and developing the diocese’s major mission and service project of Christ Church and its clinics in Aden, where he is a member of the Council of Reference.

Revd Andy ThompsonThe Revd Andrew Thompson MBE is Chaplain of St Andrew Abu Dhabi and Diocesan Director of Ordinands, as well as Vocations Training and Ordination Officer for the Gulf Archdeaconry specifically. Until his appointment to Abu Dhabi he served as Chaplain of St Paul Kuwait, and both before and since ordination has lived and worked in a variety of Middle Eastern locations including the United Arab Emirates.

Please pray for John and Mary and for Andy and Navina and their families.

+Michael Cyprus and the Gulf

The Reverend Simon Holloway

The Bishop in Cyprus and the Gulf, the Rt Revd Michael Lewis, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Simon Holloway, at present Vicar in the Horley Team Ministry in the Diocese of Southwark and Province of Canterbury, to be Chaplain of South East Cyprus.

He has been in his current post since 2002 and previously served in the Dioceses of Lichfield and Birmingham.

His new ministry in the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf starts in early October.

Please pray for Simon and for Pauline his wife and their family. Pray too for the people of the chaplaincy of South East Cyprus.

+Michael Cyprus and the Gulf

The Reverend Dr Ruwan Palapathwala

Reverend Dr Ruwan Palapathwala and his wife MaryThe Bishop in Cyprus and the Gulf, the Rt Revd Michael Lewis, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Dr Ruwan Palapathwala, at present Parish Priest of St Alban, North Melbourne, Australia, and Senior Chaplain of RMIT University, Melbourne, to be Senior Chaplain of Dubai with Sharjah and the Northern Emirates with particular responsibility for Holy Trinity Dubai. read on

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