Coptic Clergy Ordination – May 30, 2015 – Fr. Gregory Saroufeem


On May 30, 2015, Bishop David ordained a new priest, Fr. Gregory Saroufeem, for the St. Mary and St. Mark Church of Manhattan. The ceremony took place at St. Vartan’s Armenian Cathedral and was attended by close to 400 parishioners. Formerly known as Nader Saroufeem, a pharmacist from New Jersey who regularly attended Mahattan services, Nader was ordained as Father Gregory. This was a historic event, as this was the first ordination for the Manhattan Church.

Prior to being ordained as a Priest, Father Gregory was first ordained as Deacon Athansius.

The ordination was attended by approximately 20 clergy from New York, New Jersey, New England states and Egypt. Father Gregory explained that he chose the name Gregory after St. Gregory the Armenian, the Illuminator.

Father Gregory is headed to Egypt for his forty day training and will return on July 10th. A reception is planned that afternoon, as he cannot serve the congregation without the reception. The congregation of St. Mary and St. Mark are looking forward to receiving Father Gregory and looking forward to his first mass at the Manhattan church on July 11th.

May God keep for us the life and standing of our beloved Bishop David and our beloved Fr. Gregory Saroufeem. Amen.

Congratulations to Fr. Gregory, his Family, and the congregation of St. Mary & St. Mark Church in Manhattan, NY!

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The Enthronement of H.G. Bishop David

HG-Booklet-Front_CoverHis Grace Bishop David will be formally enthroned on his seat on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Coptic Orthodox Church of St. Abraam of Long Island, located at 90 Woodbury Road, Woodbury, NY 11797 by the hands of a number of His Grace’s brethren of the Metropolitans and Bishops who will arrive from overseas especially for this ceremony that will begin at 12 noon.

To attend this ceremony, reservations have been made for 1000 persons, including members of the Holy Synod, dignitaries, priests, deacons and congregation. No one would be allowed to attend without invitation. The ceremony will be live broadcasted over the various  Coptic TV channels such as CYC and Logos, as well as over the formal website of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of New York and New England.

Live Coverage of the Enthronement Vespers

December 7, 2013 @ 12:00 PM EDT

Live Coverage of the Enthronement Liturgy

December 8, 2013 @ 8:00 AM EDT

May God keep for us the life and standing of our beloved Pope Tawadros II, H.G. Bishop David, and all of our fathers the metropolitans and bishops. Amen.

His Grace Bishop David

HGBDHis Grace Bishop David was born on August 7, 1967 in Cairo, Egypt.  In 1984, at the age of 17, he emigrated to Toronto, Canada with his family, where he attended York University.  His Grace graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1991.

In March 1992, His Grace joined Saint Bishoy Monastery as a novice, and was ordained a monk on January 22, 1995.  His Grace was ordained a priest on October 21, 1995 and served at the Diocese of Birmingham in the United Kingdom from November 1995 until November 1999.  In November 1999, His Grace was ordained as a General Bishop by the Thrice-Blessed Pope Shenouda III of Blessed Memory.  Additionally, His Grace was appointed as the Patriarchal Exarch of the Archdiocese of North America in Cedar Grove, New Jersey and entrusted to oversee the papal residence and non-diocesan Coptic communities throughout North America.  His Grace has since earned two Master’s Degrees, his first in Pastoral Counseling from Fordham University in New York in May 2010, and his most recent in Theological Studies from Holy Cross School of Theology in Boston in May 2013.

His Grace has represented the Coptic Orthodox Church in various conferences, including, most recently, the Assembly of the World Council of Churches in South Korea in October 2013.  His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, with the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church, consecrated His Grace as the first Shepherd and Diocesan Bishop of the newly formed Coptic Orthodox Diocese of New York and New England in formal ceremonies taking place in Cairo, Egypt on November 16-17, 2013.

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H.G. Bishop David’s 10th Anniversary as a Bishop

This year marks the anniversary of H.G. Bishop David’s ordination as a bishop and 10 years of his blessed service here on the east coast.  His Grace Bishop David was honored at two functions, a banquet held in his honor at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Secaucus, NJ on Nov. 17, 2009 and an anniversary celebration held at St. Aedan’s Roman Catholic Church in Jersey City, NJ on Nov. 18, 2009.   Attending these events were some of our blessed hierarchs of our sister oriental orthodox churches,  distinguished political guests, clergy, and congregation.

Among those in attendance was H.E. Archbishop Khajag Barsamian of the Armenian Orthodox Church, H.E. Metropolitan Zacharias of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and Very Rev. Chorepiscopus John Meno, on behalf of H.E. Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim of the Syrian Orthodox Church.  Both nights were filled with speeches, video presentations (see below), choirs, etc… that were an attempt, but could not express our love and gratitude to our beloved Anba David.

May the Lord keep for us the life of our holy righteous father, our patriarch Pope Shenouda III, and his partner in the apostolic ministry, our father the Bishop Anba David for many years and peaceful times.  Amen. Amen. Amen.

Ordination of H.G. Bishop David

10 Years of Service

Recording of H.G. Bishop David’s 10th Anniversary Banquet

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