More than 700 people from all over the world crowded into St. George’s Cathedral to participate in the installment of Bishop Suheil Dawani as the new Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem on Sunday, April 15. Included in the congregation were friends, family, clergy and laity representing partners from North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Egypt, and Australia. Also well represented were the Lutheran World Federation, Lambeth Palace, Australia/New Zealand St George’s College Group, the Anglican Communion Office, the Church Army, the Church Mission Society (CMS), the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (USPG), the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, as well as the local Jewish and Muslim communities.
The Lutheran clergy community in Jerusalem met with the new Bishop to congratulate him and wish him blessings in his new role.
Pictured are, from left to right: Rev. Mark Brown, Jerusalem Representative of the LWF; Rev. Ibrahim Azar, Pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Arabic Congregation; Rev. Sami Habibi; ELCJHL Bishop Munib Younan; Mr. Roy Rissanen, Representative of the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission; Episcopal Bishop Suheil Dawani; Rev. Kjell Jonasson, ELCJHL Ecumenical Secretary; Rev. Russ Siler of Redeemer English-Speaking Congregation; Rev. Canon Hosam Naoum, Acting Dean; Rev. Mats Hoegelius, Director of the Swedish Theological Institute.