The link with CMSi has been in place since 1992 in the Parish through an early link with the Diocese of Egypt, which has now grown into the Archdiocese of Alexandria.
The link came to life again in 2018 when a group of Parishioners from Drumbeg Parish visited Cairo for a week. This visit led to a renewed friendship and fellowship with the then Bishop of Egypt, North Africa and the Horn of Africa, Mouneer Anis. On his invitation Rev’d Willie Nixon, the Rector, and Nigel Quinn the present chair of the Mission Committee, visited Cairo on a ‘teaching safari’ to teach at the Diocesan Clergy retreat.
This led to a focus on helping to train Sudanese Refugee Clergy with the aim of sending them back to Sudan to minister in what can be very difficult situations, both in terms of persecution and personal safety. We were also blessed by receiving an exchange visit from a Ordinand from Cairo for three weeks in December 2019.
In 2021 Nigel visited again and this led to the Parish linking up with a ministry to prisoners in one of Cairo’s state prisons.
Our mission relationship with the Archdiocese of Alexandria, as it is now known, was cemented in August 2022 when we hosted a visit from Archbishop Samy Fawzy in Drumbeg. This proved a great blessing to us all.