Bahrain’s gain: a new dean is welcomed

In the early evening of Saturday 1 June another joyful milestone was celebrated when the Very Reverend and Venerable Dr William Edward Schwartz OBE was instituted by Bishop Michael Lewis as Anglican Chaplain and Parish Priest of Bahrain, and installed by the Reverend Canon Stephen Thanapaul as Dean of St Christopher’s Cathedral.

The service was attended by more than 120 people: members of all five Anglican congregations who worship at the cathedral and Awali church, including children and young adults; Julia Lewis, with Carol Nicholson visiting from Doha; clergy from other churches in Bahrain; guests from Bahrain’s diplomatic corps and local charities; and priests from four other parishes in the diocese who were able to travel to Bahrain for the occasion.

Bill continues in his role Archdeacon in the Gulf and will carry on being known widely as Archdeacon Bill as well as Dean of Bahrain. He and Edie were officially welcomed at the following dinner reception in the Alun Morris Hall on the cathedral compound, during which they cut a celebratory cake.

The Cathedral prior to the service
During the service
Archdeacon Bill reading the Declaration of Assent
Fr Stephen and Archdeacon Bill
Bishop Lewis and Archdeacon BIll
Julia Lewis and Carol Nicholson
The welcome cake