The church will be closed between 28.06.21 and 11.09.2021 (re-opening on Sunday 12.09.2021)

For urgent matters please contact any of the officers on the "contacts & officers" page or the head Diocesan Office in London.




Following are some useful contacts:


For any urgent matters please send us an email via the contact form

"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. more


More photographs at

About us


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 church is an Anglican chaplaincy in the Diocese in Europe, a part of the Province of Canterbury in The Church of England, and our services are in English.


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.


SUNDAY 10:30am

Holy Communion or Morning Prayer, and Sunday School for children


Holy Communion

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. James Thomas HADLEY (as of Sept. 2021)

Tel +39 091 581.435

E-mail Please use our contact form

Useful links:

Defender of the Faith

Queen Elizabeth II

Archbishop of Canterbury

The Archbishop of Canterbury J. Welby

Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe

The Right Revd Dr Robert Innes

Archdeacon of Italy and Malta

The Revd. Canon David Waller

Britsh Embassy in Rome

H.M. Ambassador J. Morris CMG

Associazione Chiesa d'Inghilterra

Revd Vickie Sims


Policy & Guidance

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. 


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.