Anna Koulouris, originally from Syracuse, N.Y., is communications advisor and journalist for the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, where she writes articles for various publications, gives lectures to institutions in the Holy Land and abroad, and coordinates projects under the direction of Patriarch Theophilos III.
She graduated from Syracuse University in 2010 with a dual degree in Newspaper and Online Journalism and Middle Eastern Studies. In 2009, she participated in an interfaith trip to the Holy Land through Syracuse University and the same year was chosen to participate in a Carnegie Foundation journalism boot-camp in Cairo and Doha, where she wrote an investigative piece for the Huffington Post, “Booming Islamic Antiquities Market in the Gulf leads to thefts in Cairo mosques.” Upon graduating, she returned to Jerusalem on an International Patriarchate of Jerusalem Studies grant from the U.S. Department of Education, and wrote for the PalestineIsrael Journal. She published a policy paper for the EU Peace Education through Media Project, “Media Guidelines for Covering MidEast Conflict.”
In 2011, she returned to Doha for a year of Arabic language study at Qatar University, while still assisting the Patriarchate. There, she became more familiar with the Patriarchate’s on-going work to build a church in Qatar, with the help of the former American ambassador, and witnessed this initiative open the way for hundreds of thousands of Christian expatriates to freely practice. She participated in conferences at the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue and presented “Expatriate Dialogue in Local Media.” Upon returning to Jerusalem in 2013, Anna has written “A Concise Guide to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem,” various papers on the role of the Patriarchate, approaching conflict in the Holy Land, neutralizing religious fundamentalism, demining the Jordan River Baptism Site, and has given lectures at various institutions in Europe, the U.S. and Middle East. She has also helped coordinate projects such as the de-mining of the Baptism Site with The HALO Trust, President Trump’s historical visit to the Holy Sepulcher Church, the restoration of the Aedicule of the Holy Sepulcher, and the visit of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis to Jerusalem for the 50-year anniversary of the lifting of the anathemas between East and West. She is also assisting the Orthodox Initiative, Patriarch Theophilos’ initiative in conjunction with the Middle East Council of Churches, which is currently aiding tens of thousands of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Jordan.