I am delighted to announce the appointment of The Reverend Canon Hosam Elias Naoum as the new Dean of the Cathedral Church of Saint George the Martyr in Jerusalem.
Canon Naoum, 38, has served as the Canon Pastor of the Cathedral since 2005, and was the Acting Dean for three years (2007-2009). As Dean, Canon Naoum will continue to serve as Pastor to the Arabic and English-Speaking Congregations at the Cathedral. He did his first theological training at the College of the Transfiguration and Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, and a Master of Theology degree in Canon Law (MTS) at the Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), Alexandria, Virginia in the USA.
This appointment of the new Dean comes after a long time of discernment and prayer and a lawful and constitutional procedure. I call upon all our partners and friends around the Anglican Communion to hold Hosam and his family (Rafa, Wadi, Laurice and Krista) in their prayers and support. May his term as the Dean of the Cathedral be blessing to many and to the glory of God.
Canon Hosam will continue to serve, especially in his new capacity as the Dean of St. George's Cathedral, both the Diocese of Jerusalem and the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Anglican family and will always be a hospitable home and a worship space for many pilgrims and visitors to the Mother City of our faith.
Canon Naoum will be installed as Dean in St. George's Cathedral on Ascension Day, May 17, 2012, at 11:00 am.
The Right Reverend Suheil S. Dawani
Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem