400 Attend Remarkable Concert in All Saints’ Cathedral

Fouad and Mounib Concert

All Saints’ Cathedral

On Friday, February 1, our Cathedral in Zamalek hosted a once-in-a-lifetime musical event. Egypt’s own Fouad and Mounib wowed the audience with a beautiful evening of entirely original-composition music! A striking combination of styles and tempos, Fouad and Mounib’s performance left all in attendance feeling humbled yet inspired, with a new appreciation and passion for art and its power to affect the human soul.

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Mohammed Fouad on Piano; Ahmed Mounib on Violin

We were so excited to host Found and Mounib in the beautiful All Saints’ Cathedral, and the space proved to be a magical setting. As the music rang through the church, the stained-glass chandelier seemed to almost make music of its own, the lotus-ceiling singing back as well. For many people who attended the concert, it was their first time to be in a church; after the concert, many people sensed that our Cathedral is a holy place.

The Beautiful Venue for the Concert, All Saints Cathedral

This concert was arranged and organized by our very own Gusour Cultural Center, which seeks to provide opportunities for society members of all cultural backgrounds to build bridges of understanding, acceptance, and cooperation through art, music, educational and cultural activities. This event did not have a time of discussion or fellowship afterwards, like many of Gusour’s events. Nevertheless, it was a beautiful example of Gusour’s vision of one place, open for all people. In the times we live in, full of polarization, Gusour is taking the opposite approach of many by opening doors, rather than closing them.

Michael Adel, who has directed Gusour for the last three years, was particularly moved by the event, saying, “This work we are engaged in, for a world in which all people are loved and accepted without any condition, is always an uphill battle. We face the challenges of polarization, mis-education, and hate every day. And sometimes, honestly, I feel discouraged. But this beautiful night of music and appreciation and all Gusour events, which are open to all people, motivate me to keep working, to keep striving, for an Egypt and a world  in which all people, from all backgrounds understand and love one another.”

We know that it was our great God, in his ever-flowing generosity, who made this event happen. We are so thankful to our great God for his steadfastness and provision. We, like the farmer, only prepare the soil and plant the seeds of love, tolerance, and understanding. It is God who does the watering, and makes the flowers grow. Praise be to God!

PRAYER REQUEST

Please continue to pray for the important work of Gusour Cultural Center. Pray in confidence that “the Lord of Peace himself” (2 Thess. 3:16) would bring peace, love, and tolerance to our great country of Egypt.

Two New Clergy

The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis, Bishop of the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, is pleased to announce the following appointments within the Diocese:

 The Rev. Drew Wayne Schmotzer
as the Priest-in-Charge of the English Speaking Congregations at All Saints Cathedral.

Drew Schmotzer

Rev. Drew was ordained a deacon in 2007 and a priest in 2008.  He received his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, USA in 2008 and is currently working on a Masters in Early African Christianity.  He served at St. Luke’s in Akron, Ohio and at Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh before coming to Egypt.  He has been the Chaplain to the Bishop since 2008 and has served in various capacities within the Diocese, including teaching at the Alexandria School of Theology, serving as the English Speaking Secretary of the Synod and the Executive Board, and assisting with the Anglican Communion – Al Azhar Dialogue.  He has served as the Chaplain to the Red Sea since 2010, the Rector of St. Mark’s in Menouf from 2012-2014, and the Interim Rector of St. John the Baptist Church in Maadi from 2013-2014.  Rev. Drew is no stranger to All Saints Cathedral as he has served there in an assisting capacity since 2008.

Please pray for him and this new ministry.

The Rev. Dr. Michael Dobson
as the Priest-in-Charge of St. John the Baptist Church in Maadi.

Michael Dobson

Rev. Michael was ordained a deacon in 2011 and a priest in 2012.  He received his Masters of Divinity from Regent College in Vancouver in 2011 and holds a PhD in Education from the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK in 1999.  Rev. Michael is married to Janet who has worked for over 20 years in administration and teaching, and they have two children: Gordon William (17) who is studying kinesiology and sports physiotherapy, and Emily Ruth (15) who is in secondary school studying French.  Recently they come from having served in various churches in Vancouver, Canada, with a particular focus on refugees and interfaith activities.  He is excited to working at St. John’s and coordinating the ministry amongst all of the congregations (Egyptian, Sudanese and English) at St. John’s, in addition to helping within the wider Diocese.

Please pray for him, his family, and this new ministry.

 

Christmas Services at All Saints Cathedral, Cairo

The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis, Bishop of the Episcopal / Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, along with the clergy and congregations of All Saints Cathedral, Cairo, would like to invite you to their Christmas services and events.

  • Its A Wonderful Life (Saturday 14 December at 6pm)
  • A Broadway Christmas (Friday 20 December at 8pm)
  • Christingle children’s Service (Monday 23 December at 6pm)
  • Christmas Eve Service (Tuesday 24 December at 10:30pm)
  • Christmas Day Service (Wednesday 25 December at 10:30am)
  • New Year’s Eve Service (Tuesday 31 December at 10pm)

For more information, please contact Rev. Drew Schmotzer at chaplainegypt@gmail.com

All Saints Cathedral is located at 5 Michel Lutfallah Street, Zamalek, Cairo 11211 (behind the Marriott Hotel).

 

A Broadway Christmas

On Friday 20 December 2013, All Saints Cathedral will host “A Broadway Christmas” which will include musical highlights from Broadway shows like West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, The Sound of Music, Once, Mama Mia and My Fair Lady, as well as Christmas carols.   This event will be Directed by Ms. Dalia Farid Fadel and will feature Nesma Mahgoub, Hany Mustafa, Steven Labat, Therese Ananian, Rita Ashkar, Sherif Rizkallah, Nora Ghobrial, Hilary Baboukis, Marc Wakim, Amira Reda, Lily Farid, and introducing young talent Yousef Shabana.  Tickets will cost 50 LE and may be purchased at All Saints Cathedral.  All proceeds will go to support the education of disadvantaged preschool children.  The event is in cooperation with Global Strategic Consultants and Fabrica.  A Broadway Christmas (20 December 2013 at 8pm)

Celebrating 75 Years of All Saints Cathedral

All Saints Cathedral, Cairo, Egypt 75th Anniversary

Saints from many “nations, tribes, people and languages” gathered at All Saints Cathedral, Cairo, on 2 November 2013 for the celebration of its 75th Anniversary.   The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis, Bishop of the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, Primate of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, welcomed the people and prayed these words: “Almighty God, to whose glory we celebrate the consecration of this house of prayer 75 years ago: we praise you for the many blessings you have given to this worshipping and witnessing community: and we pray that all who seek you in this place may find you, and being filled with the Holy Spirit may become a living temple acceptable to you through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

Bishop Mouneer Hanna Anis

Bishop Mouneer Hanna Anis

 

It was an honour to have the Most Rev. & Rt. Hon. Dr. John Sentamu preaching at the 75th Anniversary celebrations, as his predecessor, The Most Rev. & Rt. Hon. Dr. William Temple, participated in the consecration of the first All Saints Cathedral in 1938.  In his sermon Archbishop Sentamu addressed the question, “who are the saints” and encouraged the congregation to be a people whose light is lit by the Holy Spirit.  He used an example of a glove which is useless without that which fills the glove, saying that our lives need the Holy Spirit in order to be fully functional.

Archbishop John Sentamu, Archbishop of York

Archbishop John Sentamu

 

It was also quite moving to have The Rt. Rev. Dr. Ghais Abdel Malik, who consecrated the second All Saints Cathedral in 1988, give the apostolic blessing at the close of the service.

The service of thanksgiving and celebration showed the diversity of a Diocese which covers eight countries, and included many different styles of music, prayers, and thanksgiving.  In recognition of his faithful service to the Dialogue between the Anglican Communion and Al Azhar Al Sherif, Bishop Mouneer Anis installed the Rev. Dr. Toby Howarth, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Secretary for Inter-Religious Affairs, as an Honorary Canon of All Saints Cathedral (in the Chair of St. Augustine).  Bishop Mouneer Anis also licensed the Rev. Yessua Bekheet, formerly of St. John the Baptist Church in Maadi, to be a priest at All Saints Cathedral.

Canon Toby Howarth with Bishop Mouneer

Canon Toby Howarth with Bishop Mouneer

The service was attended by other religious and civic leaders, such as Anba Musa (the Coptic Orthodox Bishop for Youth), Anba Daniel (the Coptic Orthodox Bishop of Maadi) and Anba Armeia (the Coptic Orthodox Bishop for the Coptic-Orthodox Cultural Council) all representing His Holiness, Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church, H.E. Archbishop Jean-Paul Gobat (the Papal Nuncio representing His Holiness, Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church), Monseigneur Krikor Coussa (representing the Armenian Catholic Church), Anba Antonius (the Bishop of Giza, representing His Beatitude, Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac of the Coptic Catholic Church), Abuna Rafiq Greiche (representing the Melkite Greek Catholic Church), Rev. Dr. Gerald Lauche (representing the German Evangelical Church), Dr. Ramzy George (the Minister of Scientific Research, representing the Prime Minister of Egypt), General Mohsen Abd-el Naby (representing the Commander-in-Chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of the Armed Forces), Dr. Mohammed Hamdy Zaqzouq (the previous Minister of Religious Affairs), Ambassador Ashraf Mouneer (representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Dr. Mahmoud Azab (representing the Grand Imam, Dr. Ahmed el Tayyib), Dr. Waheed Abd-Gowad (representing the Grand Mufti of Egypt), Dr. Ali Samman (President of the Committee for Interfaith Dialogue and Islamic Relations at Egypt’s Supreme Islamic Council and former Advisor to President Anwar Sadat), General Mohame Aymen (representing the Governor of Cairo), H.E. Ambassador James Watt (representing Her Britannic Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II), H.E. Ambassador Richard Laus Angualia (representing the People of the Republic of Uganda), H.E. Ambassador Anthony Louis Kon (representing the People of the Republic of South Sudan), The Rev. Toby Howarth (representing His Grace, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury), The Rev. Canon Michael Parker (International Director of MECO), The Rev. Richard Belser (representing our companion Diocese of South Carolina, USA), The Rev. Canon Anthony Ball (representing the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, and the Bishop of Europe, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Rowell), among others.

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His Grace, Bishop Mouneer Anis reminded those present that “as we look back and celebrate 75 years of All Saints Cathedral, let us be reminded of the faithfulness of God to those in the past, to those in the present, and to those who are to come; let us look to God to guide the future ministry of All Saints Cathedral.

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All Saints Cathedral is the mother church of the Episcopal / Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, and is a place of prayer for all nations and a place of peace for all people.   It is a spiritual home for locals and expatriates, and each day, hundreds of people come to the Cathedral to serve and to be served through its ministries: Refuge Egypt, the Alexandria School of Theology, the Boulaq Community Development Centre, Prison Ministry, Alpha, the Wady Shop, All Saint’s Nursery, All Saints Library, Interfaith Dialogue, Ecumenical Relations, Youth Ministry, as well as the Arabic, Sudanese, and English-speaking congregations.

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New Honorary Canon of All Saints Cathedral Cairo

Announcement

The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis, Bishop of the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, and Primate of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, is pleased to announce that he will install

 The Rev. Dr. Toby Howarth

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Secretary for Inter-Religious Affairs

as an Honorary Canon of All Saints Cathedral during the 75th Anniversary of All Saints Cathedral Cairo from 1-3 November 2013.

This honorary appointment is in recognition of great work and tireless efforts of The Rev. Dr. Howarth in regard to the important and longstanding interfaith dialogue between the Anglican Communion and Al Azhar Al Sherif, the hub of Sunni Islam throughout the world, located in Cairo, Egypt.

The Rev. Dr. Howarth has visited Egypt and various parts of the Middle East many times, and previously taught Islamic Studies at Crowther Hall, when he was their Vice Principal. His background in Islamic studies and interfaith dialogue will enrich the Cathedral, the Diocese, and the wider community.

 

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