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New appointments for the Diocese of Egypt

Posted on: August 14, 2013 10:56 AM
(l to r) Dr Samy Shehata and Dr Toby Howarth
Related Categories: Egypt, Middle East

From the Diocese of Egypt

The Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa is celebrating two new appointments.

Yesterday the Board of the Alexandria School of Theology (AST) announced that the Very Revd Canon Dr Samy Fawzy Shehata, Dean of St Mark’s Pro-Cathedral in Alexandria, is the new Principal of AST.

Dean Samy holds a Diploma in Theology from the University of Wales, and both a Master of Arts in Mission Studies and a Doctorate in Theology from the University of Birmingham, UK. 

In June 2013, AST held its sixth graduation service at All Saints Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt.  The Most Revd & Rt Hon. Justin Welby, the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, was the commencement speaker.

Today the Most Revd Dr Mouneer Hanna Anis, Bishop of the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, and Primate of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, is pleased to announce that he will install The Revd Dr Toby Howarth as an Honorary Canon of All Saints Cathedral during the 75th Anniversary of the Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, between 1 and 3 November 2013.

This honorary appointment is in recognition of great work and tireless efforts of Dr Howarth – who is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Secretary for Inter-Religious Affairs – in regard to the important and longstanding inter faith dialogue between the Anglican Communion and Al Azhar Al Sherif, the hub of Sunni Islam throughout the world, located in Cairo, Egypt.

Dr Howarth has visited Egypt and various parts of the Middle East many times, and previously taught Islamic Studies at Crowther Hall, when he was their Vice Principal. His background in Islamic studies and inter faith dialogue will enrich the Cathedral, the Diocese, and the wider community.