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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

St John's Casablanca welcomes its new priest-in-charge

On 2nd April the Archdeacon of Gibraltar, the Venerable David Sutch, licensed the Revd Canon Dr Medhat Sabry as the priest-in-charge of St John the Evangelist Church, Casablanca. Canon Medhat comes to this diocese from the Diocese of Egypt, where he has spent most of his ministry after his training for the priesthood in Trinity College, Bristol. Fluent in his native Arabic as well as English, he also has a doctorate in Old Testament studies and has lectured on this subject in Egypt. We welcome Canon Medhat to the Diocese in Europe. 

The ecumenical community in Morocco was well represented at the licensing service with the presence of the Archbishop of Rabat, Vincent Landel, local Roman Catholic priests, the French Protestant minister and the local Orthodox priest. Four churches, the Roman Catholic, the Orthodox, the French Protestant and the Anglican, are given permission by the King of Morocco to minister to our own communities. The official religion of the country is Islam.

St John's is one of two churches of our diocese in Morocco, the other being St Andrew's Tangier  St John's dates from 1906. One of its most famous worshippers was Major General George Patton of the US Army who attended regularly during WWII. Casablanca is a large and bustling city. St John's is a tranquil oasis located in a green churchyard, walled off from the surrounding noise of the city. 

The present congregation is very international with many members from the United States and from several African countries. There is a thriving Sunday School. Services are at 10.30 am on Sunday mornings. 


  1. From Thae Church of Christ The King In Tripoli Libya We send Congratulations
    Rev Samuel Iskander
    Arbic meeting

    1. Thank you for your well wishes -- we send you greetings in the Name of our Lord. It was good to hear from you.

  2. It's so good to see Rev. Sabry. I met him last in Cairo in 1997. My family and I have indelible memories of him while he was a vicar in Tripoli, Libya

  3. Will St. Johns church have service on Christmas day this year?? (Thursday)