Friends of the Holy Land in Temple Church

10 Years of Supporting Christians in the Holy Land

14 November 2019


Friends of the Holy Land will be holding a major event in London in Temple Church on Thursday 14 November 2019 at Midday (12.00 pm) to mark their 10th Anniversary. This will be an ecumenical service to pray for peace in the Holy Land and for the Christians there to receive grace to endure or deliverance from suffering, followed by a Reception.

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa O.F.M., Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and The Most Reverend Suheil Dawani, Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem will together lead the event joined by The Most Reverend John Wilson, Archbishop of Southwark and The Rt Reverend Dr Michael Langrish.

When founded 10 years ago, the goal of Friends of the Holy Land was to foster resilience and hope among individual Christians amid adversity and so counter despair and hopelessness. To achieve this, Friends of the Holy Land seek to raise awareness among UK Christians of the daily challenges facing Christians in the Holy Land, to encourage UK Christians to pray for these brothers and sisters, to generate financial resources to support a sustainable future for them and to encourage visits to the Holy Land to meet and show support to local Christians. Their work is entirely non-political and has the backing and blessing of Anglican and Catholic Bishops in this country. The guests from the Holy Land will give a personal insight into the daily challenges they face and the need for the vital support provided by Friends of the Holy Land.

In holding this event in Temple Church, Executive Director, Brendan Metcalfe is seeking to bring to the fore the awareness and engagement of Christian professionals with the daily challenges of Christians in the Holy Land.

Temple Church has such a strong historical link with Jerusalem, the first “Episcopal” See in the history of Christendom, that it was a natural choice as a venue to mark our 10th Anniversary. Our efforts flow from Christians through Christians to Christians at the grassroots. Funds we generate go direct to individuals and families in the Holy Land, we provide one-off emergency support for those in the greatest need and provide ongoing support to sustainable education, employment, health and housing projects, working in the community from the ground up.

Please register to attend the event on our website by calling the office on tel: 01926 512980 or email your details to: to account for numbers for the reception.
To find out more about the Friends of the Holy Land please visit

Friends of the Holy Land are most grateful to the Temple Church for their generosity in supporting us to hold this service

Profiles on Archbishops Suheil and Pizzabella.

Appointed in June 2016, Archbishop Pizzaballa is the diocesan archbishop of the Archdiocese of Jerusalem with jurisdiction for all parishes in Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan and Cyprus, 41 schools and 73 religious orders. Archbishop Pizzaballa was previously Custos of the Holy Land for twelve years and has lived in Jerusalem since 1990, Besides his native Italian, Archbishop Pizzaballa speaks Hebrew, English, and Arabic.

Archbishop Suheil Dawani was in born Nablus, West Bank in 1951 and has been the 14th Anglican bishop in Jerusalem since April 2007. As Diocesan Bishop, Archbishop Dawani is the Chief Pastor of the 27 Anglican parishes spread through the five regions of Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. As Bishop, he is also Chairman of the Board of each of more than thirty institutions of education and healthcare spread throughout the five countries of the Diocese, including Gaza.