The Province

The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East

The Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf is part of the Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East (ECJME)—a province of the Anglican Communion.

The province consists of three dioceses:

  • Diocese of Jerusalem (covering Israel, Palestinian territories, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon) 
  • Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf (covering Cyprus, the Arabian peninsula and Iraq 
  • Diocese of Iran

A fourth diocese (Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa) was part of ECJME until June 2020, when it withdrew to form a separate province—the Province of Alexandria.

The President Bishop (Primate or Archbishop of the province) is chosen from among the diocesan bishops, retaining diocesan responsibilities. The current President Bishop is Archbishop in Jerusalem the Most Reverend Hosam Naoum, appointed in 2023.

The province has 55 congregations with around 35,000 baptized members and 90 clergy. It also runs some 40 educational and medical centres.

(Below: Archbishop Hosam (right) at the Consecration and Enthronement of Bishop Sean, St Christopher’s Cathedral, Bahrain, 24 May 2023)