Merry Christmas! Please visit here for a copy of Bishop Mouneer’s Christmas Sermon.
In obedience to our Lord’s command in Matthew 25, the prison ministry team along with Bishop Mouneer and some clergy visited the prisoners and led them in a Christmas service on Wednesday the 27th of December. Afterwards, the team organized a party for them allowing them to feel some of the joy the season brings. Let us remember the prisoners and their families in our prayers as we are celebrating this wonderful time of the year.
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“The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21
With heavy hearts full of the pain of separation, the church commits Dr. John Fayek to the faithful hands of the Lord. Dr. John passed away from our world to the eternal resting place to be with Christ, and this is much better.
Dr. John Fayek was a surgeon who worked at Harpur Memorial Hospital in Menouf. He was sent to one of the hospitals in Cameroon further surgical training. During his time there, he fell down from one of the mountains while he was taking some photographs. He lost his life instantly.
I did not know Dr. John closely, however, I knew about his strong faith and witnessing life through the words and the tears of his colleagues at the hospital. Let us pray for his brothers, sisters, and parents, and his wider family of the hospital and the Diocese of Egypt.
Bishop of the Episcopal/Anglican Diocese of Egypt
With North Africa and the Horn of Africa
Responding to the terror attack on the al-Rawda mosque in the Egyptian town of Bir al-Abed, in the North Sinai, which left hundreds dead and many people injured, the Bishop of Egypt, Mouneer Anis, has said he is “deeply saddened” by the “cowardly terrorist” attack. Bishop Mouneer has released the following statement.
It was reported that a group of terrorists bombed the mosque, and opened fire on the people during the Friday prayers at 1.30 pm. It is said that most of the people killed are Sufis. It is known that militant Salafi and Jihadist groups consider Sufis as heretics. They used to target policemen, soldiers and Christians but now Muslims are also targeted. No group is exempt. This massive bloody attack is the largest during the last few years.
Many world leaders condemned the attack and expressed their support to Egypt in its war against terrorism. We, Egyptians, are determined to fight terrorism and support President Abdel Fatah El Sisi who is leading the war against terrorism in the region.
Terrorism is a great threat to the whole world. This fact puts the responsibility on the international community to stop all groups and organisations which financially support these terrorist groups. These organizations take advantage of the freedom in the European countries to raise funds to support terrorists to carry out their bloody attacks on human beings.
Please pray for the families who lost their loved and the injured.
Posted By Bp Mouneer Anis
My dear Brothers and Sisters,
Thank you so much for joining us last Friday for a time of prayer and fasting. We had a great, uplifting, and encouraging time. We were filled by the presence of God’s spirit in our midst. We spent time listening to the word of God, praising Him, and praying. We are confident that the Lord will respond to all of our prayers that we raised to Him. Please continue to pray for us.
Yours in Christ,
My dear Brothers and Sisters,
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Today at our clergy meeting we decided to pray and fast on Friday, the 10th of November from noon until four pm. We will be specially praying for a revival of the church in Egypt, the official recognition of the Diocese of Egypt, and for our beloved country Egypt. We would be happy if you are able to join us in this prayer and fast.
May the Lord bless you.
Yours in Christ,
In 2006, Reverend Andrew Proud, the vicar of St. Matthew’s in Addis Ababa, presented me with a proposal for enhancing the mission in the Horn of Africa. I was impressed by this proposal, and decided to create a new episcopal area in the Horn of Africa. I was convinced that this area had the potential to become a diocese in the future. At that time, there were only nine churches in the Horn of Africa: seven in Ethiopia, one in Eritrea, and one in Somalia. We used the catholic church’s building for our meetings in Djibouti. In Ethiopia, there was one church in Addis Ababa, one church in Gambella, three churches in Pinyidu refugee camp, one in Dima Refugee Camp, and one in Sherkole refugee camp. In 2007, we consecrated Reverend Andrew Proud as the first area bishop of the Horn of Africa. Some of my brother bishops were astonished that I was willing to share my episcopal ministry with others, however, I was very confident that this decision was what was best for the church in the area.
Last week, I spent a few days in Ethiopia and I saw the harvest of the last ten years. In Gambella and the eastern part of Ethiopia, the number of churches has increased from seven to one hundred and twenty-five. Both Bishop Andrew Proud and Bishop Grant LeMarquand have worked very hard to organize and expand the ministry in this area. During my time in Gambella, I attended the general assembly and I was impressed by the obvious maturity of the churches. Bishop Grant has helped them to become more self-reliant than they were before. They still receive a lot of support from the episcopal area, but they no longer request help for minor issues like they used to in the past.
The Mothers Union is now very active in educating other women on how to combat the major killers of children in their area: diarrhea and malaria. Credit for this goes to Dr. Wendy LeMarquand, who dedicated her time to teaching the women in the Mothers Union.
During my visit, a representative from the Mothers Union stood in the middle of the assembly and shared her experience. “We are now able to save our children from the major killers in the community, diarrhea and malaria,” she said. “Dr. Wendy taught us how to treat diarrhea in a very simple way. We are now able to prepare oral rehydration fluid in our homes. We were able to save our children, and the news of our success spread throughout the area. Now many women don’t go to the witch doctor, and instead they seek our help and advice.”
“The second major killer of our children in Gambella is malaria. We didn’t know that malaria is caused by mosquitoes. We also learned how to protect our children from mosquito bites by using nets, and how to keep the mosquitoes away by using the leaves of the neem tree. We gather the leaves and burn them, and the smoke drives the mosquitoes away. We are so grateful for Dr. Wendy, who taught us many useful things. We now travel to other villages in order to teach other women how to stop the deaths of their children.”
The youth representatives in the general assembly also shared their stories. “Youth are causing problems in our community. They rape girls. They fight among themselves and get drunk. HIV/AIDS is spreading
because of all of this. They also don’t come to church. We discovered that work is the best treatment for all of these problems. Poverty and lack of work also lead many girls to prostitution. We encouraged the youth to do simple jobs so that they can earn a living and stay busy. We also preached the gospel to them. This helped many of them to turn to Jesus. Many of them stopped practicing immoral acts. They also stopped consuming alcohol, and started coming to church. This is transforming our community. As youth leaders, we meet twice a month to share these stories and to pray.” The youth have a goal to transform the area of Gambella by preaching the gospel.
Not only was I very encouraged by these stories, but I was also very happy to see that the new St. Barnabas Church building is finished, and used often. There is also a new church, St. Luke’s, in the Neur area.
The amount of tribal conflicts has decreased in the Anglican area. This is something we praise the Lord for. I was also encouraged to see expatriate and local staff working together in the Anglican Center in Gambella. History was made there last week when Bishop Grant ordained five new priests and three new deacons. One of the deacons was the first ever Ethiopian Amharic-speaking Anglican deacon. Now we are very close to seeing our dream of the area of Gambella becoming an independent diocese under local leadership come true.
Once again, I would like to thank all of those who have worked hard to develop this area. Please pray for us during the process of appointing the new area bishop in the Horn of Africa.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis
Bishop of the Episcopal / Anglican Diocese of Egypt
with North Africa and the Horn of Africa
On Thursday, September 21, 2017, the Anglican Diocese of Egypt hosted the fourth anniversary of the Egypt Council of Churches. Different churches were represented by the five church leaders present: Pope Tawadros II, the Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac, representing the Catholic Church in Egypt, Andrea Zaki, the president of the Presbyterian Church in Egypt, Theodorus II, of the Greek Orthodox Church, and Bishop Mouneer Anis of the Anglican Church in Egypt.
The event began with a closed meeting in which the church leaders evaluated last year’s strategy, and discussed any modifications for the future. Afterwards, the secretary-general read last year’s report to the audience, and the church leaders in the panel each voiced their thoughts and concerns.
Achievements of the last year included the formation of a woman’s ministry committee from different churches, a choir with members from a variety of churches, and the completion of the translation of the gospel of Mark into Egyptian Sign Language.
One highlight of the celebration was the music, which included singing from a traditional choir, and a deaf choir signing in Egyptian Sign Language.
At the end of the celebration, the members of the council added a fifth building block to a symbolic church together, representing the building of relationships over the last year.
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 Suheil Dawani 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.