Bishop of Jerusalem to visit Clogher Diocese

Bishop of Jerusalem Clogher Diocesan Visit

The Bishop of Clogher, the Right Reverend Dr Michael Jackson invited The Right Reverend Suheil Dawani, Bishop of Jerusalem, agreed to come to the Diocese of Clogher during the period May 8th - 12th 2008. This visit was part of the Macartan 1500+ Project, which celebrates over 1500 years since the death of Clogher Diocese’s patron saint - St Macartan. The Project, which is coordinated by Clogher Diocese, is financed by the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation and managed by the Fermanagh Local Strategy Partnership (FLSP).

In welcoming his colleague, the Bishop of Clogher, the Right Reverend Dr Michael Jackson said, “Bishop Suheil is very welcome in Clogher Diocese. The Diocese of Jerusalem has a tremendously rich heritage, and Bishop Suheil will tell us much about the challenges to daily life in the Middle East.”

The Diocese of Jerusalem extends over five countries, including Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Israel. Bishop Suheil became Bishop of Jerusalem on 15th April 2007. His vision for the future of the Diocese is to engage in the ministry of reconciliation and to urge the faithful to join efforts for reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. In referring to the importance of Jerusalem, Bishop Suheil emphasizes that he sees it as his duty, and that of all Christians, to make Jerusalem a model for peace between the three Abrahamic faiths.

The Bishop commenced his visit to Clogher Diocese by giving a public lecture in the Ardhowen Theatre , he preached at a Motherís Union Area Service, the annual ecumenical service at Old Donagh, Glaslough in Co Monaghan, had talks with the diocesan office staff and various other engagements.

The link will strengthen with the Diocese of Jerusalem with two Diocesan trips already planned - one in November and one from 27th of February to the 9th of March 2009

Date: 12th May 08