Michael Wynne-Parker has been appointed Head of The Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.
Approval for the establishment of the Society in the UK was given on June 26th at a meeting of the IOPS Council in Moscow presided over by Mr Sergei Stepashin,Chairman.
The Society was established in 1882 under the protection of Alexander 111 whose brother Grand Duke Sergei became first President. Upon his death in 1905 his widow Grand Duchess Elizabeth Presided until 1918-later Canonized as Holy Martyr Elizabeth Feodorovna.
The Society continues to develop the original aims of the society to sustain the Christian heritage within the Holy Land including the protection of churches,schools,hospices,monasteries, and to organize pilgrimages,conferences,seminars and cultural activities.
Shortly the UK Branch Trustees and Advisory Board Members will be announced.