Bishop Michael is pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Canon Dr Andrew Mayes as parish priest and chaplain of St Barnabas Limassol, including St Lazarus Pissouri, and diocesan spirituality adviser. Canon Mayes is currently Rector of East Blatchington and Bishopstone, near Seaford, Sussex, and spirituality adviser in the Diocese of Chichester. His earlier ministry was in the dioceses of London, Chelmsford, and Birmingham, all in the Province of Canterbury. He has also served as course director at St George’s College, Jerusalem. As well as leading on spirituality in his present diocese he has also overseen continuing ministerial education. Please pray for Fr Andrew and his wife Ann as they prepare to move to the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf. A licensing date in early May will be confirmed in due course.
On Thursday 3 May 2018 at St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Nicosia, Cyprus, the Bishop, The Right Reverend Michael Lewis, will confer clerical canonries on the Revd. Brian Elliott, the Revd Dr Paul Burt, and the Revd Bertrand Olivier.
The Revd Brian Elliott has been an army chaplain in various capacities for forty years, including a spell as Deputy Assistant Chaplian-General. He now serves as honorary assistant priest at St Paul’s Cathedral, Nicosia.
The Revd Dr Paul Burt has had a varied ordained ministry not only in parishes but also as teacher, house master, and school chaplain, latterly at Winchester College, and currently as a senior chaplain of the Mission to Seafarers in Dubai and Regional Director for the Gulf and South Asia. When he steps down from that post in the spring he will continue to live in the UAE.
The Revd Bertrand Olivier is soon to become Dean of Montreal Cathedral in Canada and will continue his already strong support of the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf. A Frenchman, he has been vicar of All Hallows by the Tower in London, our diocese’s host and base in the UK, for twelve years and is Bishop Michael’s Commissary.
All who are able are warmly encouraged to join the new canons at their installations. Your prayers and thanksgivings are asked for them and their families.
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500th ANNIVERSARY OF THE REFORMATION
On Tuesday, 31st October there will be a celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It will take place at the Kastelliotissa Medieval Hall, near the Pallas Theatre.
A varied programme will commence at 4pm with an exhibition of old Bibles, photographs, video clips etc… There will be Bibles available in many languages. Personnel will be on hand to give explanation and to enter into discussion.
At 6.30pm light refreshments will be available and at 7pm there will be a Reformation anniversary lecture delivered by Radisa Antic PhD. Principal Lecturer in Systematic Theology at Newbold College, Binfield, Berkshire, UK. He lectures in ‘Issues in Contemporary Theology’ at postgraduate level, ‘History of Western Thought’, and ‘Reformation Theory’ at undergraduate level.
Music written by composers influenced by the Reformation will be performed by Cantabile and the audience will be able to join in a few hymns from the period.
Admission is free but in order to cater adequately, please text Marica Mirilov 99980312 to indicate you will be attending.
This programme is being organised and sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist church as a community service.
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The diocese is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Helen Perry to the post of Administration Officer. Helen will be based at the Diocesan Office in Nicosia and will begin work alongside existing staff, in September.
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MAY FAYRE 2017
AGM held on Sunday 5 March 2017
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Lenten Study Series
On the five Mondays (6, 13, 20, 27 March & 3 April) in Lent the Cathedral will be offering a study series (7pm-9pm) on the book “Life Together” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
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Diocesan Synod 2017
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Wednesday, 1 February 2017
Following the tragic death of their younger son, George Isaac Andrew Lewis, Bishop Michael and Mrs Julia Lewis wish to announce that a Requiem Mass will be held at St Barnabas Anglican Church, Limassol, on Saturday 4th February at 1400. This will be followed by burial at a cemetery in the Kal Khorio area near Zoopigi at approximately 1600. This will be a public service and the family would be glad to be joined by those who wish to give thanks for George’s life and to commend him to God’s keeping.
Light refreshments will be provided at the Maramenos restaurant on the Limassol-Agros road near Zoopiyi, and all who attend are welcome to join the family there.
All who knew George recognised him as an intelligent, witty and talented young man. He was greatly loved and will be keenly missed. His death occurred at the family residence in the Limassol district, where he was staying whilst his parents were travelling. He was thirty-three.
At the church, the family have requested that there be family flowers only. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Anglican School of the Redeemer at St George’s Baghdad, c/o the Diocesan Finance Officer, Mrs Evangelia Georgakakis.
Please pray for Bishop Michael, Julia, their other children and their families at this difficult time.
Archdeacon John Holdsworth & Archdeacon Bill Schwartz