Global South Primates Meeting

Global South Primates Meeting

10 October 2018

All Saints Cathedral recently hosted three incredible conferences in the All Saints Garden Conference Center, the second of which was a gathering of the Primates of the Global South to discuss the structure of the Global South.

We welcomed primates from Nigeria, South Sudan, Egypt, North America, Kenya, Sudan, Rwanda, Southeast Asia, Uganda, Kenya, West Africa, Myanmar, and the Indian Ocean; as well as the “Study Team” who has been working to develop the proposed structure. It was a productive meeting and it was wonderful to all be in one place, here in Cairo! The Primates had the opportunity to pray together, to worship together, and to seek God’s will for the Global South structure through discussion and prayer. They also had time to fellowship together over dinner, strengthening old relationships and building new ones.

Please continue to pray for the spread of the Gospel throughout the Global South and the world. Pray for the Church to be filled anew with the Holy Spirit.

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.

 

“Shining Light in Darkness” – Prison Ministry in Cairo

Many of the expatriates El Kanater prison face long sentences and difficult conditions. Yet many find hope through Jesus Christ. One of the inmates writes “while in this darkness called prison, God has shown His light onto us.  We have the privilege to gather to pray, worship and hear His word.  We have seen this light through His Word and we appreciate this light.  This is the Light we are reflecting through the darkness.”

The Prison Ministry team supports expatriate men and women imprisoned in El Kanater Prison, in the outskirts of Cairo, through weekly visits, prayer, and through gifts of food, blankets, air tickets and other items.

Please click the button below for news from the Prison Ministry team

Prison Ministry Newsletter (April – December 2013)

Leadership Training and Community Services for Sudanese in East Cairo

A large number of Sudanese refugees live in Egypt, especially those who have come from North Sudan and the Nuba Mountains due to the difficult situation in these regions. The Sudanese Christians among the refugees have added their own new flavour to the life of the Anglican Church in Egypt. The Sudanese congregation at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Heliopolis started 12 years ago; we now have a Sudanese congregation with 669 members.

One of the church members shares “Despite so many challenges for Sudanese refugees in Cairo-Egypt, St. Michael’s
church is experiencing tremendous growth numerically and spiritually, which in return resulted into a very remarkable work.” In January 2014, it was a joy to receive the visit of Bishop Ezekiel Kondo of the Diocese of Khartoum (pictured below).

Bishop Ezekiel

Nuba Mountains Bible Institute

Many of these Sudanese refugees want to use their time in Egypt for learning. They need to be equipped to play roles of pastoral and ministerial leadership in our and other churches. This is why in February 2013 we began the Nuba Mountains Bible Institute Cairo (NBIC). We train those leaders and other members of the Sudanese community in Egypt for the benefit of their own church here, both for their time now in the Egypt and hopefully later for their future in Sudan or elsewhere.

Nuba Mountains Bible Institute (2)

We started the classes of NBIC in January 2013, after we interviewed 60 students and after we chose 35 of them to begin with. We began well prepared, with a curriculum of three years and teachers lined up. 2013 was not an easy year for Egypt with political disturbances, violence and street demonstrations. We thank God that we have been able to continue our work in the midst of all this and we admire our students’ perseverance and courage. They often had to travel to us in situations where the streets were unsafe at least, and sometimes more like a war zone. For more information, download the full report:

2013 Report for Nuba Mountains Bible Institute

St Gabriel Centre

The St. Gabriel Center is a ministry of St Michael’s which runs social and spiritual activities among Sudanese refugees in Cairo in the area of Kilo 4.5. This area east of Cairo was mostly illegally constructed, hence without any governmental oversight and a shortage of services. The Sudanese community shares a low standard of living with the Egyptians in the neighbourhood, facing challenges of poverty, illiteracy, chronic children’s diseases (like malnutrition and the lack of calcium) and other types of diseases.

The centres runs a medical clinic, English courses, handcrafts and domestic work, discipleship (pictured below) and youth activities.Nuba Mountains Bible Institute (1)

For more information, download the 2013 report:

2013 Report for St. Gabriel Centre

Both the Nuba Mountains Bible Institute and the St. Gabriel Centre rely on donations for their ministry. For more information please contact the Very Rev. Dr. Jos Strengholt: priest@heliopolischurch.com

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).

 

New Area Dean for East Cairo

On Sunday 8 September, Bishop Mouneer installed Rev. Dr. Jos Strengholt  as Area Dean for East Cairo. Rev. Jos and his wife Adrienne have lived in Egypt for many years, and serve at St Michael and All Angels Heliopolis. During the same service, Rev. Adel Shokralla was licensed to work as a priest at St Michael’s and there were also some confirmations of new members of the church.

Bishop Mouneer shared about the example of Joshua and Caleb in Numbers 13, who didn’t listen to fear but trusted in the Lord. In Egypt, and in the Middle East at this time there is a spirit of fear. However, the Church is called to trust in God and place ourselves in His hands.

Photos from visit of Archbishop Justin to Cairo

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A selection of photographs taken during the visit by Archibishop Justin Welby to Cairo. Archbishop Justin meets with the His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, the head of Egypt’s Coptic Church, at the Papal Residence in Cairo, Monday 24 June 2013. (Photo: Lambeth Palace/Chris Cox) Archbishop Justin meets with Grand Imam Sheik Mohamed Ahmed el-Tayeb, accompanied read on

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