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Overview of the Province

The Jerusalem bishopric was founded in 1841 and became an archbishopric in 1957. Reorganization in January 1976 ended the archbishopric and combined the Diocese of Jordan, Lebanon and Syria with the Jerusalem bishopric after a nineteen-year separation. Around the same time, the new Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf was formed and the Diocese of Egypt was revived. 

The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East today includes four dioceses;

  • Jerusalem: Bishop Suhail Dawani
  • Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa: Bishop Mouneer Anis
  • Cyprus and the Gulf: Bishop Michael Lewis
  • Iran: Vacant

The four bishops at the 2015 provincial synod
Bishop Mouneer Anis, Bishop Michael Lewis, Bishop Azad Marshall (previous Bishop in Iran) and Bishop Suheil Dawani at the 2015 Provincial Synod


Key Dates

1841 - Michael Alexander became the first Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem under the auspices of the Anglican Church and the united Evangelical Church in Prussia:

1849 - Christ Church, Jerusalem became the first Anglican church in the city

1871 - Christ Church in Nazareth was consecrated

1887 - Bishop George Blythe appointed as fourth Bishop in Jerusalem, and the first solely under the auspices of the Anglican Church

1888 - Bishop established the Jerusalem and the East Mission to hold and raise funds for the diocesan projects

1898 - Saint George's Cathedral was built

1920 - The Diocese of Egypt and the Sudan was formed

1920 - St. George's College, Jerusalem was opened as a theological school for Palestinian seminarians, broadening to offer courses to clergy and laity from the worldwide Anglican Communion and throughout the ecumenical Church in the 1960s 

1945 - Sudan became a separate diocese from Egypt

1950s - Political unrest in Egypt left the diocese without a bishop of its own and came under the oversight of Jerusalem

1957 - The Diocese of Jordan, Lebanon and Syria was separated out from the Diocese of Jerusalem

1957 - Jerusalem became an archbishopric and its bishop therefore became an archbishop under the authority of the Archbishop of Canterbury, with oversight over the five dioceses of the then province.

1976 - Faik Haddad became the first Palestinian Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem

1976 - The Diocese of Jordan, Lebanon and Syria became part of the Diocese of Jerusalem again and The Province of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East was formed by combining four dioceses, each with equal standing. The head of the Presiding Bishop of the Province was elected to be elected from the four diocesan bishops on a rotating basis.

1976 - Faik Haddad became the first Palestinian Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem

The Diocese of Egypt was expanded to take in the chaplaincies of Ethiopia, Somalia, Libya, Tunisia and Algeria. 

2007 - Andrew Proud became the first “Area Bishop for the Horn of Africa” covering Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Dijibouti

2009 - Dr Bill Musk became the first “Area Bishop for North Africa” covering Algeria, Tunisia and Libya