Faiz and John, Harrison and Chris

Bishop Michael is delighted to announce that in the autumn he will preside at the installation of four new honorary canons of the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf’s twin cathedrals, two for St Paul Nicosia and two for St Christopher Bahrain.

Fr Faiz Jerjes has over the course of the years been layman, Reader, deacon, and priest at St George’s Baghdad. As well as overseeing the worship and pastoral care of the church and the smooth functioning of the clinic he has masterminded the establishment of a large kindergarten and recently the building of the Al Fadi Anglican primary school. Faiz has been honoured in Iraq for his imaginative initiatives in promoting peace and human flourishing across religions.

The Revd Dr John Holdsworth is a much-published scholar whose substantial service as territorial archdeacon in Cyprus and executive archdeacon for the whole diocese as well as parish priest of St Helena Larnaca and Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Ministry culminates in the summer. He will then serve for two transitional years as Honorary Director of Ministry with a brief to ensure, with others, the continuity of the vocation, discernment, and ministry project that he has done so much to foster. John previously served with distinction in the Church in Wales including a period as Principal of its theological college. He will be known as Canon Theologian.

The Revd Harrison Chinnakumar currently ministers as parish priest of Holy Trinity Dubai, tirelessly pastoring a large multi-ethnic congregation and watching over one of the busiest compounds in the diocese, hosting huge numbers of guest churches and fellowships. He came to the Gulf from the Church of South India. Before taking on Dubai he was incumbent of the parish of St Paul Kuwait, where Anglican worship is offered in Mandarin and Urdu as well as English and support is often given to Tamil congregations of our sister-Church the CSI.

The Revd Chris Butt was until his recent retirement the highly appreciated Dean of St Christopher’s Cathedral in Bahrain, another place with worshippers from many ethnic and national backgrounds. Under Chris’s imaginative leadership, frequent Living Room Dialogues brought to the deanery a fascinating range of distinguished and thought-provoking speakers from all walks of life, by no means all Christians, and showed wider society in the Kingdom of Bahrain the openness and welcome that must characterise Anglicanism. Chris brought to Bahrain the fruits of earlier discipleship and ministry in Kenya and Hong Kong as well as England.

Canon Jerjes and Canon Holdsworth will be installed in Nicosia on Sunday 3 November. Canon Chinnakumar and Canon Butt will be installed in Bahrain on Friday 25 October.

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