Primacy election in the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East


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Provincial Secretary
Georgia Katsantonis

Primacy election in the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East


The Synod of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East met in Amman, Jordan on 16-17 May 2017.  Archbishop Mouneer Hanna Anis, the outgoing Primate, invited The Right Revd Tim Dakin, the Bishop of Winchester, to open the Synod with prayer and reflection.  He led a Bible study on the subject of servant apostles using Ephesians 3, in preparation for the election of a new Primate.

The Synod, after prayerful discernment, reached a unanimous decision to elect Archbishop SuheilDawani of the Diocese of Jerusalem as the next Primate of the Province from 17 May 2017 for a period of two and a half years ending on 16 November 2019, to be followed by Bishop Michael Lewis of the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf as the Primate of the Province from 17 November 2019 for a period of two and a half years ending on 16 May 2022.

We congratulate both Archbishop Suheil and Bishop Michael on their appointments, and we give thanks for Archbishop Mouneer’s service as our Primate since 2007.  We also give thanks to Bishop Tim Dakin for his gracious contribution.

The Synod appointed The Revd Dr Albert Walters as the Vicar General for the Diocese of Iran for a six month period.

The Synod also elected Mrs Georgia Katsantonis as the Provincial Secretary and Mr Ehab Edward as the Provincial Treasurer.

Please uphold the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East in your prayers.

Cookery Classes for Migrants

Today thanks to the wonderful donation given from a member of our diocese at synod 2017, whilst we await the grant to come through from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s fund we began our cookery classes for migrants and refugees in Limassol.
This morning we learnt how to prepare a traditional Egyptian dish and had 10 nationalities represented including Syrian, Afghani, Egyptian and Filipino. Refugees from Pafos, Limassol and Kofinou camp joined in the fun.
The cookery classes were thought up by Claire Loizides from Agapi, Limassol and Rev. Christine Goldsmith from St Barnabas Church Limassol. Their aim is to help refugee and migrant women integrate better by feeling valued and welcomed. One member of St Barnabas church who  joined in the sessions said, ‘it has been a wonderful fun filled morning and a great pleasure to spend time with these special ladies, as well as tasting such amazing food’.
It is hoped these classes will continue and grow so that many more may join.

On behalf of George Lewis’s family

23rd April, 2017

An open letter from Julia Lewis

To everyone who helped or supported me and Michael on the death of our son.

Thank you so much for your many emails, cards and letters sent to us on the death of our beloved son, George.  Each one of them has been filed carefully away in the hope that one day George’s two small nephews and even smaller niece will be able to see just how much George meant to his family.

There are thanks to be given to the Revd Canon Derek Smith of St Barnabas, Limassol who helped arrange for George to be brought into church the evening before his funeral and liaised with undertakers, servers and clergy.  It was a great consolation to us to see the coffin in the sanctuary so we could each place our gift on it.  We were able grieve in private.  The funeral mass was said by Archdeacon Robert Jones who had arranged the order of service and afterwards spoke movingly about seeing George’s school friends from Worcester at the altar rail.  Robert remembered them from Bishop Perowne School where Robert was the Chair of Governors.

I would like to thank everyonefor attending George’s Requiem Mass.  The church was full.  Also the many people who came up to Kalo Chorio to watch George’s burial.  His friends, brother and oldest nephew Jacob, helped carry the coffin and lower it into the ground. I did not expect so many people to attend.  The Orthodox priest from our village and many of our villagers attended the reception at the Maramenos Taverna in the woods.  George and I used to go for dinner there each Friday evening. Michael and I have continued to do so whenever we can.

The money collected at George’s funeral mass, and that given in lieu of flowers together with other donations is to go to St George, Baghdad.  Michael and I were there for Holy Week.  The priest there, Fr Faizintends to dedicate the new children’s play area of the Redeemer School to George.That seems to us to be a very fitting tribute.  George was always keen on sport, especially boxing about which he was very knowledgeable, so for a play area to bear his name pleases us hugely.

If there is anyone who wishes to add to George’s fund you are most welcome to do so.  It is not too late.  Please contact EvangeliaGeorgakaki at the Diocesan Office –

There is one more thing I should like you all to do please, and that is to light a candle for him on May 17th, his birthday.

Thank you,

Julia Lewis, on behalf of Michael, Paul, Eleanor, and Jacob.

Baghdad School

Literally rolling out the foundations of the primary section of the School of the Redeemer in the grounds of St George Baghdad, Maundy Thursday 2017.

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