Samir Kafity

Samir Hanna Kaffity (born 21 September 1933) was an Anglican bishop[1] in the last quarter of the 20th century. He was educated at the American University of Beirut[2] and ordained in 1958.

He was parish priest to the Palestinian congregation at St. George's Cathedral, Jerusalem and then held further incumbencies at St Andrew's Ramallah, St Peter's, Bir Zeit,[3] then All Saints, Beirut. From 1977 he was a Lecturer at Birzeit University and then Archdeacon of Jerusalem. In 1982 he became Coadjutor Bishop of Jerusalem and two years later the Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem.[4] Between 1984 and 1998, Kaffity was the second Palestinian Arab bishop. He served two five-year terms as the Provincial President-Bishop and Primate.

Since 1998 he has been Bishop-in-Residence at St Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, Poway, in the American state of California. Kafity died at his home in San Diego, California, on 21 August 2015.

See also


  1. Encyclopaedia of the Palestinian Problem
  2. Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  3. Crockford's Clerical Directory Lambeth, Church House, 1975 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  4. Diocesan web-site
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Robert Stopford
Bishop of Jerusalem
Succeeded by
Riah Abu El-Assal

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