The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation is honored to have His Eminence Archbishop Atallah Hanna as an esteemed member of its International Advisory Board.
HE Archbishop Atallah Hanna, Archbishop of Sebaste, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem will join the other heads of churches in Jerusalem and the United States who are working with and supportive of the HCEF mission to the presence of the Christian in the Holy Land.
Members of HCEF's Advisory Board are spiritual leaders and respected members of the community who support efforts to bring justice, peace and prosperity to the Christians of the Holy Land, and who also share HCEF's goals for humanitarian support of those who suffer oppression in the Holy Land.
Archbishop Atallah was consecrated on December 24, 2004 at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. He is the second Palestinian to hold the position of Archbishop in the history of the diocese. Born Atallah Hanna, in 1965, in Rama Village in the Upper Galilee, Archbishop Theodosios studied Greek in Jerusalem, continuing his studies in Greece where he earned his Master of Theology from Thessalonica University in 1991. Returning to Jerusalem, he was ordained as a priest at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre that same year.
Active in public life, he has served as the spokesperson and Director of the Patriarchate's Arab Department, has taught in local schools, and lectured on Christianity at the Haifa Arab Teachers' College. For his devotion to ministry in the Holy Land, Theodosios was granted an honorary Doctor of Theology degree from the Sofia Theological Institute in Bulgaria and the title of Archimandrite.
On behalf of the HCEF Board of Directors, Sir Rateb Rabie, KCHS, HCEF President and CEO welcomes Archbishop Atallah, "HCEF aims to build its international advisory board and foster unity to provide teamwork to support our people. We are honored to have the support of all of our Advisory board members who continue to be an outstanding source of support, morally, financially and spiritually, for HCEF in its commitment to its mission and efforts to ameliorate the living conditions of the Christians in the Holy Land."