All Saints Episcopal Church, established in 1912, is located just a block from the waterfront and one mile from the site of the explosion. It is home to an Arabic-speaking congregation and an international congregation led by Archdeacon Imad Zoorob.
Shortly after the blast, Archdeacon Zoorob reported that no member of either congregation was killed or seriously hurt, though many have significant damage to their apartments. At the church the blast blew out glass in the parish hall and vestry, but fortunately the stained glass in the nave and sanctuary suffered no damage.
Archdeacon Zoorob is also the director of St. Luke’s Center for Rehabilitation, a day and boarding school serving 50 children and young adults with a wide range of cognitive disabilities. Located in the suburb of Beit Meri, five miles from the explosion site, St. Luke’s sustained no damage.
Earlier today Archbishop Suheil S. Dawani, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, issued a letter in which he appeals to the diocese’s international partners for financial support. Archbishop Dawani asks for help to repair the damage caused by the explosion at All Saints and the Anglican center at the Near East School of Theology, which is two miles west of the blast site, and to assist in the outreach efforts to aid those most affected by the disaster.
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Archbishop Dawani concludes: “Thank you for your consideration of this request, as well as for your prayers on behalf of the people of Lebanon, who must now bear this additional burden on top of all the other economic hardships they have endured during the pandemic.”
We join him in deep appreciation to you for your faithful support of these ministries in the Holy Land, both in times of crisis and in sustaining the life-transforming work the diocese’s schools and hospitals engage in every day.