Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, wants to strengthen ties between the Anglican church and the diocese of Jerusalem. In a Lenten pastoral letter, the primate invited Anglicans across Canada to join-as individuals, parishes or dioceses-the Canadian Companions of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. The new organization is intended to be a group “drawn together in common concern and support for the well-being of the church” in the Holy Land.
Working with the Anglican bishop in Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, the primate said the group will fund specific ministries and new initiatives in housing, health care and education. They will also support advocacy for a lasting peace in the region. “In my heart I am convinced that this companionship is of Christ’s will and blessing,” wrote Hiltz in his letter.