Archdeacon of Cyprus and the Arabian Gulf to visit the Diocese


untitled2DioPa will be honored to welcome the Venerable Canon Bill Schwartz, OBE, the Archdeacon of the Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Arabian Gulf, during the Season of Advent 2016. Archdeacon Schwartz will be discussing Christianity in the Middle East, past, present and future, at various venues throughout the Diocese. He will provide firsthand testimony and perspective on the crucial, and life-giving work our Anglican Communion is doing throughout the Middle East, and answer your questions. Perhaps most importantly, Archdeacon Bill can offer thoughts and ideas about how we in DioPA might form closer bonds of friendship with DioCyp & Gulf, and walk with our sisters and brothers in that region as they experience extraordinary challenges, changes and the stirrings of a sense of hope.


Meet Archdeacon Bill on:


Thur. 12/15   6:30PM-8:00PM     St. John’s, Concord PA (610) 459-2994

Dinner/Presentation/Q&A              The Rev. Dr. John Sorenson

Sat. 12/17  10:00AM-12:00N       St. David’s Church, Wayne PA (610) 688-7947

Brunch/Presentation/Q&A              The Rev. Frank Allen

Sat. 12/17   7:00PM-8:30PM         St. Paul’s, Chestnut Hill, PA (215) 242-2055

Refreshment/Presentation/Q&A    The Rev. Cliff Cutler

Sun. 12/18    10AM-12:00PM        St. Martin’s Church, Radnor PA (610) 688-4830

Archdeacon preaches at 10:00AM Service, Q&A to follow    The Rev. Chris Bishop

Sun. 12/18    2:00PM-4:00PM      Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, (215) 386-0234

Refreshment/Presentation/Q&A      The Very Rev. Judith Sullivan

Sun. 12/18    5:00PM-6:00PM      St. Thomas, Whitemarsh, (215) 233-3970

Refreshment/Presentation/Q&A     The Rev. Marek Zabriskie


A Brief Bio:

  • Bill was born in 1952 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
  • 1970-1975:  Bachelor of Arts degrees in English Literature and Philosophy from Tarkio College, Tarkio, Missouri
  • 1973-1977:  Director of the overseas study programme of Tarkio College in Alexandria, Egypt
  • 1977-1981:  Administrator and Assistant Director, Institute of Middle East Studies, Skouriotissa, Cyprus
  • 1981-1989:  Director of Research (Middle East) for ‘Open Doors’, Limassol, Cyprus
  • 1986-1999:  Limassol: Chairman of the House of Laity of the Diocesan Synod, Assistant Treasurer of the Diocese, lay member of the Provincial Synod, lay member of the Diocesan Standing Committee of the Diocese. Nicosia: Diocesan Secretary/Treasurer
  • 1993: Ordained deacon in Larnaca, Cyprus
  • 1993 (August): Ordained priest at All Hallows by the Tower
  • 1999-2007:  Rector, Canterbury Group (Saudi Arabia)
  • 2006 (February 6):  Made Canon of St Christopher’s Cathedral, Bahrain
  • 2007-2014:  Senior Chaplain, Qatar
  • 2007-present:  Provincial Treasurer
  • 2009:  Appointed as Archdeacon in the Gulf
  • 2013:  Awarded DMin at Nashotah House Seminary, USA

Archdeacon Bill is married to Edith and they have four children: Ann, Tobias, Luke and Katherine.

The Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf comprises a huge geographical area, including Cyprus, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Yemen. Churches throughout the region under the care of Bishop Michael Lewis and Archdeacon Bill Schwartz include:

The Protestant Church in Oman

Please plan to attend a stimulating evening with Archdeacon Bill to discuss the Christian Church in the Middle East– both the birthplace of Christianity, and where Christians today are facing some of the most serious challenges confronting the Church anywhere in the world.

For more information, please contact The Rev. Christopher Bishop, St. Martin’s Church, Radnor, (610) 688-4830/(cell) 917-607-7489.