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.


Memorials for Nelson Mandela

On Tuesday 10 December 2013, at the request of the Embassy of South Africa, services were held to remember former President Nelson Mandela.  Services were held at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Algiers, Algeria and at the grounds of St. John the Baptist Church in Maadi, Egypt.  Algiers2Fr. Hamdy writes, “Yesterday, we had a great joy with people and Ambassador of South Africa, as we honored together late former President Nelson Mandela. I welcomed and thanked the attendants on behalf of  Bishop Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis and Bishop Dr. Bill Musk.  The memorial service was attended by many Ambassadors, including the British Ambassador, the Vatican Ambassador and some Algerian government officials.

Algiers1Fr. Hamdy said, “We had good fellowship as we shared refreshments after service. I preached about the story of the Good Samaritan and how our Lord Jesus Christ was and is still calling us to love our neighbor without discrimination, helping the needy neighbor while disregarding his religion, nationality or the color of his skin.”

Maadi2The Rev. Chris Chorlton of All Saints Cathedral attended the service conducted on the grounds of St. John the Baptist Church in Maadi.  He brought words of condolences on behalf of Bishop Mouneer Hanna Anis and shared words of consolation expressed by The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.  Maadi1

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Bill Musk, Area Bishop for North Africa, also led prayers last Wednesday at the ecumenical Commemorative Service held in the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Tunis, in the presence of the President of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) Mustapha Ben Jaafar, the Chargé d’Affaires of South Africa’s Embassy in Tunis, The Minister of Health Abellatif Mekki, The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Tunis, as well as other Ambassadors and religious leaders.  More information may be found here courtesy of Agence Tunis Afrique Presse.