H.E Metropolitan Pachomious, the Coptic Locum Tenens, along with the other bishops today participated in the ordinations of various clergy. In attendance was H.G. Bishop Demetrious, H.G. Bishop Youannis, H.G. Bishop Boles, H.G. Bishop David, H.G. Bishop Daniel of Sydney, and H.G. Bishop Saleeb.
They elevated 4 priests to the rank of Hegomen. Among them were:
- Fr. Mikhail Tobia of St. Mary Church in East Brunswick, NJ, USA
- Fr. Angelos Doss of St. Mary & St. Demiana Church in White Plains, NY, USA
- Fr. Guirguis Ghobrial of St. Mary Church in Baltimore, MA, USA
- Fr. Abraham Azmy of St. Mary & Archangel Michael Church in Hamden, CT, USA
Additionally 5 priests were ordained for service in North America:
- Fr. Isaac, formerly known as Maged Mossad of Connecticut, to serve St. Mary & Archangel Michael Church in Hamden, CT, USA
- Fr. Mark Ibrahim to serve in the Church in Detroit, MI, USA
- Fr. John Bekhit to serve in Morristown, NJ, USA
- Fr. Mina Assad to serve in Toronto, Canada
- Fr. John Boutros to serve the Church of St. Moses the Strong & St. Katherine in Toronto, Canada
May God strengthen His Church and her Ministers.
On Sunday, November 21, 2010, the Nashville community was blessed with an ordination of a new priest, Fr. Cherubim Khalil, as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the “laying of hands”. This blessed event was attended by H.G. Bishop Serapion of Los Angeles, some of the Diocese priests and the Nashville community. Fr. Cherubim will be serving the congregation of St. Mina Coptic Orthodox Church. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Cherubim wisdom, love, and peace as he begins his new service.
Southern Diocese Press Release: http://www.suscopts.org/press/2010/nov/21/nashville-tn-priest-ordination/
Among those ordained by H.H. Pope Shenouda III on November 14, 2009, was Fr. Thomas Nashed, formerly known as Hany Nashed, to serve in the church of St. George & St. Shenouda Church in Jersey City, NJ. I would like to congratulate Fr. Thomas, Mona, Mark, Thomas, Daniel, the family, and the congregation on this blessed ordination. May the Lord bless Fr. Thomas’ service to be fruitful and effective in the youth of our church. Here are the two videos of selected clips from the ordination.
Contains: Beginning of Prayers, Fr. Thomas is Called, Fr. Thomas is Dressed in his Priestly Garments, Fr. Thomas is Crowned with his Priestly Crown, Fr. Thomas Prays a Part in the Liturgy
Contains: Beginning of Prayers, The Oath of Priesthood, The Prayers of Blessing, Fr. Thomas is Called, Fr. Thomas is Dressed in his Priestly Garments, Fr. Thomas is Crowned with his Priestly Crown, Fr. Thomas Prays a Part in the Liturgy, The Confession