09th March 2020
Italy has extended its emergency coronavirus measures,
which include travel restrictions and a ban on public gatherings, to the entire country.
The church will be closed until 3rd April 2020. No services will be conducted and all events scheduled to take place in the church are cancelled. Let us pray for each other and for people everywhere.
It is hope we will be able to re-open the church for our Palm Sunday service on the 5th of April.
Coranvirus helpline 1500
Urgent assistance for UK nationals in Italy - call +39 06 4220 0001
"Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out"
Please check our "events/dates" webpage
Historical ecumenical moment in Holy Cross
Storico momento ecumenico - Chiesa anglicana Santa Croce
On Sunday, 10 April 2016, at its Sunday service the congregation of Holy Cross, Palermo welcomed the Archbishop of Palermo, Monsignor Corado Lorefice. The current locum, Father Russell Ruffino, celebrated the Holy Eucharist; Archbishop Lorefice presided, preached the sermon and gave the final blessing. ...read more
Welcome to Holy Cross Anglican Church Palermo. We are a small but welcoming community of Christians brought together by a shared love of Jesus, a desire to worship and grow in Christ, and for friendly fellowship and mutual support and encouragement.
Our members come from around the world - the UK and Northern Europe, Africa, North America, and the Middle East. Still others have been born and raised in Italy and have found a spiritual home at Holy Cross. Some are cradle Anglicans, many come from other church backgrounds.
We also regularly have visitors with us just for a Sunday or two while on vacation in Sicily.
Worship & Schedule
We invite you to join us in the worship of God, it would give us joy!
Holy Cross Church is in the Diocese in Europe, a part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Baptized persons who are communicant members of other Churches which subscribe to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity and are in good standing in their own Church are welcome to receive Communion.
Holy Communion or Morning Prayer, and Sunday School for children
Wednesday 10:00am - 12:00pm
Open to visitors
Friday 11:00am - 1:00pm
Open to visitors
History & Architecture
In the heart of Palermo there is a small British architectural treasure: Holy Cross Church; it is the centre of religious activities for the English speaking community of Palermo.
Holy Cross church was built between 1871 and 1875 thanks to Joseph Whitaker and Benjamin Ingham junior, who wished to construct at their expense a church in which to worship according to the rites of the Church of England.
The architecture and the decorations are unique and a charming combination between artistic simplicity and richness.
On one hand, the exterior and the vertical architectural objects go back to the Gothic style typical in Northern Europe; on the other hand, the golden mosaics in the apse are of Byzantine inspiration which is often seen in Sicily.
Contacts & Location
Holy Cross Church is located in Via Roma, Palermo, Italy (on the corner with Via Mariano Stabile).
Fr. Russ Ruffino
Tel +39 091 581.435
E-mail Please use our contact form
Queen Elizabeth II
The Archbishop of Canterbury J. Welby
The Right Revd Dr Robert Innes
H.M. Ambassador J. Morris CMG
Revd Vickie Sims
- Who to Contact (head office for either urgent or non-urgent matters)
Second Hand Books
In our church we have many second hand books. Most of the books are fiction (in English and some in Italian) by well-known authors. When you've finished reading a book, why not bring it (back) to the church? That way, we recycle and generate more donations for Holy Cross.
SECOND HAND BOOKS
Support and Donate
If you wish to make a donation to Holy Cross Church Palermo, you may do so via bank wire transfer. For our bank details please visit our support webpage.
A warm and sincere THANK YOU to all those who help, support and make donations during our Annual Christmas Bazaar.
Proceeds from our Christmas Bazzar are used to make generous donations to domestic and international charities, and the Bishop's Advent Appeal.