Arab bishop for North Africa 
Friday, April 7, 2017 at 10:00AM
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The Rt. Rev. Samy Fawzy is the first Arab Anglican area bishop for North Africa. (Photo: Diocese of Egypt)

IN A MOVING CEREMONY at All Saints Cathedral in Cairo on Feb. 27th, Archbishop Mouneer Hanna Anis consecrated Rev. Samy Fawzy as the first Arab Anglican area bishop for North Africa.

Fawzy succeeds Bishop Bill Musk, and will preside over the diocese encompassing Algeria, Tunisia and Libya.

Archbishop Anis called Bishop Fawzy a “dear brother” who was distinguished in his pastoral care, especially “among the wounded, oppressed and marginalized.”

Quoting St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), the most famous bishop from North Africa, the Archbishop shared words that were dear to him at his own consecration:

“For you, I am a bishop. But with you, I am a Christian. The first is an office accepted; the second is a gift received. One is danger; the other is safety. If I am happier to be redeemed with you,  than to be placed over you, then I shall as the Lord commanded, be more fully your servant.” 

Anis told Fawzy he reviews this quote each day, and encouraged him to do the same.

“Truly the church needs trustworthy shepherds who love the Lord with all their hearts, and who will exert every effort to guide the people of God to live out the message of Christ, the message of love,” said Archbishop Anis.

“I have seen this in Dean Samy.”

Joining also in the laying on of hands was a Canadian, Bishop Grant LeMarquand, who oversees the Horn of Africa, and Bishop Michael Lewis of Cyprus and the Gulf.

Bishop Lewis conveyed the congratulations of Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, welcoming Bishop Fawzy into the fellowship of Anglican servant leadership.

Archbishop Welby also praised the Diocese of Egypt for its role as a bridge between Muslims and Christians as well as among the various Christian denominations. He also issued a plea to the government of Egypt to continue recognizing the Anglican Church as an independent denomination, in light of ongoing legal disputes that jeopardize this status.

Also present were Archbishop Foley Beach of the Anglican Church in North America and Archbishop Rennis Ponniah of Singapore.

Archbishop Ponniah told Bishop Fawzy that in the ‘boat’ of Christian service, it is the Lord Jesus who brings it safely to shore. He also welcomed him into the Global South effort that is catching many fish for the Kingdom of God, celebrating the recent accomplishments in Egypt of a new conference centre and administrative buildings for the Alexandria School of Theology.

Congratulations were also offered by Fr. Bishoy Helmy, representing Pope Tawadros of the Coptic Orthodox Church. Fr. Helmy praised the appointment of Bishop Fawzy, recognizing him as one with humility, an ecumenical spirit and dependence upon the Word of God.  There were also representatives from the Coptic Catholic Church and the Protestant Churches of Egypt.

Bishop Fawzy graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University in 1985, but set aside his career to pursue Christian ministry. Later he obtained a Doctorate in Theology from the University of Wales, and upon returning to Egypt was ordained to serve the church in Alexandria, where he was appointed dean in 2013.   TAP                                        –Diocese of Egypt press release

IN A MOVING CEREMONY at All Saints Cathedral in Cairo on Feb. 27th, Archbishop Mouneer Hanna Anis consecrated Rev. Samy Fawzy as the first Arab Anglican area bishop for North Africa.

Fawzy succeeds Bishop Bill Musk, and will preside over the diocese encompassing Algeria, Tunisia and Libya.

Archbishop Anis called Bishop Fawzy a “dear brother” who was distinguished in his pastoral care, especially “among the wounded, oppressed and marginalized.”

Quoting St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), the most famous bishop from North Africa, the Archbishop shared words that were dear to him at his own consecration:

“For you, I am a bishop. But with you, I am a Christian. The first is an office accepted; the second is a gift received. One is danger; the other is safety. If I am happier to be redeemed with you,  than to be placed over you, then I shall as the Lord commanded, be more fully your servant.”

Anis told Fawzy he reviews this quote each day, and encouraged him to do the same.

“Truly the church needs trustworthy shepherds who love the Lord with all their hearts, and who will exert every effort to guide the people of God to live out the message of Christ, the message of love,” said Archbishop Anis.

“I have seen this in Dean Samy.”

Joining also in the laying on of hands was a Canadian, Bishop Grant LeMarquand, who oversees the Horn of Africa, and Bishop Michael Lewis of Cyprus and the Gulf.

Bishop Lewis conveyed the congratulations of Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, welcoming Bishop Fawzy into the fellowship of Anglican servant leadership.

Archbishop Welby also praised the Diocese of Egypt for its role as a bridge between Muslims and Christians as well as among the various Christian denominations. He also issued a plea to the government of Egypt to continue recognizing the Anglican Church as an independent denomination, in light of ongoing legal disputes that jeopardize this status.

Also present were Archbishop Foley Beach of the Anglican Church in North America and Archbishop Rennis Ponniah of Singapore.

Archbishop Ponniah told Bishop Fawzy that in the ‘boat’ of Christian service, it is the Lord Jesus who brings it safely to shore. He also welcomed him into the Global South effort that is catching many fish for the Kingdom of God, celebrating the recent accomplishments in Egypt of a new conference centre and administrative buildings for the Alexandria School of Theology.

Congratulations were also offered by Fr. Bishoy Helmy, representing Pope Tawadros of the Coptic Orthodox Church. Fr. Helmy praised the appointment of Bishop Fawzy, recognizing him as one with humility, an ecumenical spirit and dependence upon the Word of God.  There were also representatives from the Coptic Catholic Church and the Protestant Churches of Egypt.

Bishop Fawzy graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University in 1985, but set aside his career to pursue Christian ministry. Later he obtained a Doctorate in Theology from the University of Wales, and upon returning to Egypt was ordained to serve the church in Alexandria, where he was appointed dean in 2013.   TAP                                        –Diocese of Egypt press release

 

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