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St Cyprian College
At the end of 2012, The Rt. Rev. Bill Musk, then Area Bishop of North Africa, and members of St. George’s Anglican Church in Tunis, in the presence of The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Anis, the Diocesan Bishop, officially launched the “Legacy Project” for the training and formation of emerging church leaders, community outreach and providing hospitality.
St. George’s in Tunis, recognized that, for the theological training of future leaders of the North African Anglican communities, they needed to provide new facilities on its grounds which would include onsite training of local leaders, and allow them to bring students from other countries in North Africa to study in Tunis. They recognized that accommodation for teachers and students would an important piece of carrying out this vision.
The “Legacy Project” was later renamed “St. Cyprian Centre”. In February 2017, the Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Anis consecrated AST Principal, The Very Rev. Dr. Samy Fawzy, as the new Area and first Egyptian Bishop of North Africa within the Anglican/Episcopal Diocese of Egypt with the Horn of Africa. In March of 2018, the Alexandria School of Theology (AST) launched the Bachelor of Theology Program, and enrolled sixteen students from Algeria and Tunisia. Bishop Samy, AST Principal, and Engr. Shady Anis, AST Academic Coordinator, taught courses on Ecclesiology and Trinity respectively over five days at the St. Cyprian Campus at St. George’s Church in Tunis. Last year, the diocese pledged US $20,000 to support the costs of this venture.
ARTISTIC REPRESENTATION OF THE NEW BUILDINGS
Who is St. Cyprian?
St Cyprian was bishop of Carthage and an important early Christian writer, many of whose Latin works have survived and are widely-read today. He was born in the beginning of the 3rd century in North Africa, received a classical education and practiced law in Carthage. He was converted to faith in Christ around AD 246. Within two years he was elected Bishop of Carthage. He proposed to deal pastorally with believers who denied their faith under persecution, holding that forgiveness and reinstatement within the church was possible for them. A decade later he was beheaded for his faith in a renewed Roman persecution. With Tertullian and Augustine especially, St Cyprian helped mediate theological reflection on the Christian faith to the church in the West. St Cyprian made a compassionate, intellectual, faithful and self-giving contribution to the development of Christianity within North Africa. The new Centre in Tunis is well to be named after him!