Magazine article Anglican Journal

'Companions' to Deepen Ties with Jerusalem

Magazine article Anglican Journal

'Companions' to Deepen Ties with Jerusalem

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Canadian Anglicans wishing to support the ministry of Episcopalians in the Holy Land may now do so through the national church.

The Canadian Companions of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem is a voluntary body that will support the partnership of the Anglican Church of Canada with the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East.

The ministry of the diocese of Jerusalem extends to Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Israel. It has 27 parishes and supports 33 institutions that run hospitals, clinics and schools.

"It's an important relationship that we have an obligation to nurture," said Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. He added that this initiative responds to a directive issued at General Synod 2010 in Halifax to deepen ties with the Jerusalem-based diocese. The bishop of the diocese of Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, and his wife, Shafeeqa, were guests at the meeting.

Canadian Companions will identify projects in the diocese where specific financial support may be given or promoted. It will also:

* encourage a portion of Sunday offering for special ministries of the diocese;

* establish and promote Oct. …

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