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.


We believe that it is through worship, teaching, fellowship and private disciplines of prayer and reading Scripture that we become more deeply aware of who God is and of our own souls. This encounter and union with God through Word and Sacrament changes us. We become light and salt in the world and are more loving towards our neighbours. Our final hope is the life of heaven, a life we begin to participate in even now. You can visit the Church of England's website to find out more about what Anglican Christians believe and for a history of Anglicanism.


If you live in Sicily and are seeking a spiritual home and Christian fellowship, if you are a parent and would like to raise your child in the Christian faith, or if you are just visiting Palermo come and worship on Sundays or Wednesdays, and please introduce yourself after service when we have a time for refreshments and conversation. 


Our life together at Holy Cross centres around worship on Sundays and fellowship. The choir gathers on Wednesday nights at a parishioner's home, and some attend midweek Bible studies at the Chaplain's apartment. From time to time we organize outings together by bus, such as an annual visit to St. George's Taormina, the other Anglican congregation in Sicily, and for spiritual retreats, or simply to have a shared meal and enjoy one another's company in the countryside. (see Events page).


We have fundraisers for particular ministries of healing and to support ministries in the wider Church.


Our church is committed to furthering Ecumenical relations with our brothers and sisters in other Christian denominations and to dialogue with other faith communities in Palermo. This engagement also challenges us to discover what are the unique contributions in thought and spiritual practice that Anglicans can bring to the wider Church.