Diocese of Egypt
Province of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East
The Province of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East was formed in January 1976 from the former Jerusalem Archbishopric. It covers an immense geographical area including the lands of the Bible and the countries where Judaism, Christianity, and Islam were born. It is a meeting place of ancient and modern civilizations and cultures. Throughout the Middle East the religion of Islam predominates. The Province ministers as a minority church of approximately 30,000 members and affiliates, and comprises four dioceses:
The Diocese of Egypt & North Africa (see below)
The Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf
Diocese of Egypt & North Africa, with Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Djibouti Archbishop:The Most Revd. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis
While today the majority of Egypt is Muslim, the Christian Church in Egypt can rightly claim continuity back to the time of our Lord, when St. Mark, the patron saint of Egyptian Christians, brought the Gospel to Egypt. The historic Christian Church in Egypt is called the Coptic Orthodox Church and it has a rich history. Today’s Episcopal Church has grown up as a result of mission work during the time of British political influence. The old Cathedral in Cairo was demolished in 1978 to make way for new roadworks. It was replaced by a modern building, All Saint’s Cathedral, which is now a center for worship and ministry among a lively fellowship of Christians, many of them refugees from Sudan.
The Diocese is actively involved in holistic ministries that work to meet the tremendous physical and economic needs that exist in the region—demonstrating the love of Christ. Throughout the Diocese this entails: a Deaf Unit (Old Cairo), a hospital in Menouf and a clinic in Sadat City, schools for Sudanese refugee children, the Joint Relief Ministry for Sudanese refugees, the Boulac Social Center which ministers to the poor in Egypt, rehabilitation projects, vocational training for women and children, literacy classes, youth clubs, micro-enterprise programs, nursery schools, a publishing house, etc.
Ecumenical co-operation with the historic Coptic Orthodox Church is an important facet of life in the Diocese. Also, the Episcopal Church plays a catalytic role in enhancing the relationship between Muslims and Christians. This is illustrated by the signing of the historic dialogue agreement between the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Grand Imam, Sheik Tantawi, of Al Azhar in Cairo, the intellectual and spiritual center of Sunni Islam.
Within the borders of the Diocese there are also international Anglican/Episcopal congregations in Cairo, Alexandria, Tunis, Algiers, Libya, Ethiopia and Eritrea where expatriate Christians are welcomed to worship. Arabic speaking services take place in Anglican churches throughout Egypt.