Ordination of New Clergy in the Diocese of Egypt

On Monday, 5th of February, Bishop Mouneer H. Anis along with Bishop Samy Shehata and all the clergy in Egypt gathered to ordain Deacon Hany Samir Azer as a Reverend for “Christ Light of the World Church” in Old Cairo. The ordination was crowned with the presence of Rt. Rev. Dr. John Chew, the former Bishop of Singapore.

Reverend Hany Samir Azer, born in 1977 and baptized in 1983, was ordained as a lay minister in March 2010 for Salvation Church in Suez; then as a deacon in December 2014 after his graduation from Alexandria School of Theology in 2013.

Reverend Hany is married to Sahar and has 2 children; Joseph, 17 years, and Jovany, 10 years.

Let us pray for Rev. Hany as he start a new chapter in his life that he may be a true witness of Christ to his family and his church.

Clergy gathering in their Annual Retreat

Last Tuesday, 6th of February, Bishop Mouneer H. Anis along with Rt. Rev. Dr. John Chew, the former Bishop of Singapore, led the clergy of the Diocese in Egypt in their annual retreat. The main theme was “The shepherd and the congregation”. The retreat included 5 lectures, time of fellowship and prayers. In the retreat, Rev. Dr. John lectured on shepherding through a quick scan of both testaments; starting from the gospel, going back and forth to OT and NT, then ending with Revelation. The retreat took place in Anaphora till Thursday the 8th of November.

“We need to read Psalms 22 “God, God, Why have You forsaken me!” before reading Psalms 23 “The Lord is my Shepherd” to discover the depth of sacrifice of the good shepherd, He gave Himself for us” Rev. Dr. John’s closing statement.

 

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.

 

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