In May 2023, 20 young adult Canadian Anglican pilgrims visited the lands of Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection. Their experiences in meeting the living stones, learning about the ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, worshipping by the Sea of Galilee and making new friends were profound and life changing. Listen to two of the pilgrims share their stories.

Become a Companion of Jerusalem.

The Companions of Jerusalem is a national, voluntary body of members of the Anglican Church of Canada drawn together in common concern and support for the well-being of the Church in the land of Christ’s birth, death and resurrection.  All interested church members and others are encouraged to become Companions.

Companions will provide leadership and support to our church’s growing partnership in mission and justice with the Diocese of Jerusalem, and enable a unified national response. Terms of Reference were revised and approved by the Council of General Synod (CoGS), November 2020. Activities are overseen by an Advisory Council comprised of nine CoGS-appointed members.  The Primate is an ex-officio member.

Education, advocacy, pilgrimage and financial support to Diocese of Jerusalem ministries comprise the four key areas of Companions’ work.   The intent is to:

  • Foster learning and raise awareness about the Diocese of Jerusalem’s local mission, vocation and struggle.
  • Guide Canadians planning to travel to Israel and Palestine, and Canadian pilgrims toward connections with the ‘living stones’ of the Jerusalem Church and current realities.
  • Act for peace in partnership with the Diocese of Jerusalem, the Anglican Church of Canada, and ecumenical groups.
  • Identify projects and raise funds in support of specific ministries of the Diocese of Jerusalem.

Advisory Council

Primate Linda Nicholls (ex officio)
The Rt. Rev. Jane Alexander
The Rt. Rev. John Chapman
Mrs. Abigail Harding
The Rev. Prof. Patricia G Kirkpatrick  (Chair)
The Rev. Jonathan Rowe
Mr. Christopher Sanford Beck
The Rev. Andreas Thiel
The Ven. Peter Wall
Dr. Andrea Mann (Director, Global Relations)

The ministries of the Diocese of Jerusalem sustain and strengthen respect and concern for all people through education and health care, hospitality and working for peace. The diocese puts their Christian presence and faith into the action of ‘loving our neighbours as ourselves’, bringing hope to many regardless of faith and circumstance.