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Coptic Clergy Ordinations – February 16, 2017

by on Feb.15, 2017, under Church News, Coptic, Coptic News, News, Religion, Video

H.H. Pope Tawadros II presided over the Divine Liturgy on February 16, 2017 and ordained 30 priests. The liturgy began at approximately 7:00AM Cairo Time and 12:00AM Eastern Standard Time.

MeSAT Coverage of the Coptic Clergy Ordinations – February 17, 2017

Among those ordained were:

  1. Fr. Mousa (Moses) to serve St. Mary Church in Ard El Gulf, Cairo, Egypt.
  2. Fr. Youssef (Joseph) to serve St. Mary & St. Joseph Church in Madinet Nasr, Cairo, Egypt.
  3. Fr. Athanasius to serve St. Pachomious and St. Pope Kyrillos VI Church in Madinet Nasr, Cairo, Egypt.
  4. Fr. Dawoud (David) to serve St. Pachomious and St. Pope Kyrillos VI Church in Madinet Nasr, Cairo, Egypt.
  5. Fr. Paula (Paul) to serve St. Antonios Church in Shoubra, Cairo, Egypt.
  6. Fr. Sharoubim (Cherubim) to serve St. George Church in Shoubra, Cairo, Egypt.
  7. Fr. Gerges (George) to serve St. George Church in Ain Shams, Cairo, Egypt.
  8. Fr. Mikhail (Michael) to serve St. George Church in Ain Shams, Cairo, Egypt.
  9. Fr. Danial (Daniel) to serve St. George & St. Sarabamoun in Ezbat El Ward, Sharabia, Cairo, Egypt.
  10. Fr. Boutros (Peter) to serve St. Paul the Apostle Church in Madinet El Ouboor, Egypt.
  11. Fr. Mousa (Moses) to serve St. Paul the Apostle Church in Madinet El Ouboor, Egypt.
  12. Fr. Yostos to serve St. Luke the Physician Church in Masr El Qadima, Cairo, Egypt.
  13. Fr. Antonios (Anthony) to serve The Cave & The Two Martyrs Church in Abu Serga, Masr El Qadima, Cairo, Egypt.
  14. Fr. Youhanna (John) to serve St. Barbara Church in Masr El Qadima, Cairo, Egypt.
  15. Fr. Abraam (Abraham) to serve St. Antonios Cathedral in the Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
  16. Fr. Kyrillos (Cyril) to St. Mary Church in Gabal Armant.
  17. Fr. Ammonious to serve St. Mary Church in Gabal Armant.
  18. Fr. Antonious to serve St. George Church in Armant El Waborat.
  19. Fr. Angelos (Angel) to serve St. George Church in Armant El Heil.
  20. Fr. Andrew, formerly Edward Mahrous, to serve Virgin Mary & St. Mercurius Church in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, USA.
  21. Fr. Peter, formerly Peter Raphael, to serve David the Prophet and St. Karas the Anchorite Church in Oakland, New Jersey, USA.
  22. Fr. David, formerly David Hanna, to serve St. Mary Church in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
  23. Fr. Makarious, formerly Kyler West, to serve St. Mary Church in Columbus, Ohio, USA.
  24. Fr. Raphael, formerly Amir Rewis, to serve Holy Cross Church in Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA.
  25. Fr. Bishoy to serve as a General Priest in the area of the Mokatam Mountain, Cairo, Egypt.
  26. Fr. Mousa (Moses) to serve Sts. Maximus & Domadious, St. Moses in Alexandria, Egypt,
  27. Fr. Youhanna (John) to serve St. Mary & St. Mark Church in Ezb El Sekina, Alexandria, Egypt.
  28. Fr. Mina to serve in Alexandria, Egypt.
  29. Fr. Kyrillos (Cyril) to serve St. Mary Church in Geiz El Enaab, Alexandria, Egypt.
  30. Fr. Rafail (Raphael) to serve St. Mary & Archangel Raphael Church in El Gawaher, Semoha, Alexandria, Egypt.

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Coptic Bishop Ordinations – June 12, 2016

by on Jun.11, 2016, under Church News, Coptic, Coptic News, News, Religion, Video

The Divine Liturgy in which there will be Bishop Ordinations officiated by H.H. Pope Tawadros II will take place in St. Mary’s Church in Zeitun, Egypt on June 12, 2016. The liturgy will begin at approximately 7:00AM Cairo Time.

H.H. Pope Tawadros II will ordain the following fathers as Bishops:

  1. Fr. Moussa St. Moses as H.G. Bishop Peter, to serve a new diocese in the USA covering North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky.
  2. Fr. Ishak Boulos as H.G. Bishop Abraham, General Bishop to serve in the Diocese of L.A. & Hawaii with H.E. Metropolitan Serapion.
  3. Fr. John Paul Abdelsayed as H.G. Bishop Kyrillos, General Bishop to serve in the Diocese of L.A. & Hawaii with H.E. Metropolitan Serapion.
MeSAT Coverage of Vespers of the Coptic Bishop Ordinations – June 11, 2016

MeSAT Coverage of Liturgy of the Coptic Bishop Ordinations – June 12, 2016

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Reflections on 2015 Coptic Lands of Immigration Seminar

by on Jun.03, 2015, under Church News, Coptic, Coptic News, Editorial, News

H.H. Pope Tawadros II presided over the first ever, 2015 Coptic Lands of Immigration Conference from May 20, 2015 – May 23, 2015.  For more information about the conference please click the link above.  Below are the reflections of an attendee at the conference.

2015 LOI Reflections by Anonymous

I’ve spent the last 10 days reflecting on the land of immigration conference, between the things discussed, the people I’ve met, and the information that was shared. Each time I began to evaluate whether the conference was a success, I found myself questioning what the measure of success was. I realized that such questioning existed because the goal or goals of the conference was not clear to me. In fact, it seemed that there were numerous goals, some that complimented one another, while others did not conflict, they just co-existed on some relational level.

If the goal was to create a forum where we as a church can meet as one body – between His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, members of the Holy Synod, Clergy from around the world, and lay people, this was a success on most levels. Each person was given an equal amount of time, courtesy, and respect to speak, and one could really feel the level of love and concern each participant has for the Church.

The conference itself was set up similar to ECCYC and other types of conventions: Prayer in the morning, followed by a presentation on a specific topic by a regional delegation, along with break out sessions/workshops that proceeded afterwards. Each workshop involved at least one Bishop, Reverend Fathers, and male and female lay people. The topics that were discussed included the creation of a universal Coptic database (aka CopticWorld), whether feast day dates should be uniform with other churches, mission churches, missionary work, language issues, uniting the land of immigration church with the church in Egypt, media relations, and education. Other topics that were discussed during Q&A was the use of the Coptic language, and priest clothing and the impact it has on “PKs.”

In my opinion, not all delegations were effective in their message and there were speakers within each delegation that were not qualified to speak about certain issues – for example, one priest discussed legal issues but never practiced as an attorney. There were discussions about the legal implications gay marriage may have on the church and whether taking a position would effect its non-profit status (again, all suggestions were unqualified). There was a question asked about whether there is any hope to change the restriction on women to take communion during the menstrual cycle in which a response was given that a ‘team of doctors’ was examining the issue (???)

Nonetheless, the delegates that were prepared and qualified, did a fantastic job, and my God bless their efforts  – these delegates were His Grace Bishop Surial, who emphasized the need for Theological schools; NYNE discussing the need to reach out to our surrounding communities; Archdiocese and connecting the churches as one body; and His Grace Bishop Angaelos and his presentation on proper media relations.

Now, with all that mentioned, if the goal was to leave with action items, that goal was not met. However, if the goal was to get the dialogue going, to recognize that, despite our numerous diocese and tremendous global growth over the last 50 years, we are one church, this was clearly accomplished. His Holiness, may God keep for us and protect him, showed a genuine level of concern and sincerity for all the concerns voiced. Objectively speaking – he demonstrated just how much of a father he is to his flock. The Bishops showed an eagerness to work with one another, and the servants/lay people, went out of their ways to get to know one another and spend every waking hour trying to think of ways to properly address any and all concerns. It was an incredibly loving atmosphere and I left feeling so proud and blessed to be a part of our church, while recognizing that there is a lot that needs to be fixed.

I think all delegates agree that the primary concern and issue that needs to be addressed is education. Towards the end of the conference, I made a comment based on the numerous discussions that were had. I explained to His Holiness that all the discussions related to changing dates, clothing, etc. has done nothing more than reveal our lack of understanding of our church, its gifts, its history, and theological foundation. Growing up in the 1970s and 80s, I would ask why we did anything and everything in the church and was always responded to with because that’s how it is. As I grew older, I learned that certain stories about saints were nothing more than stories and uncorroborated by the church. As a Christian, I never had a Sunday School teacher explain to me who the desert fathers are, what they mean to the church, the idea of communion (theologically), trinity, and so on. I stated that the solution to this issue is not to get rid of the Coptic language, but to dedicate our resources to teaching the Coptic language as an actual dialectic language and not a bunch of sounds we make through a melody. Our strength will be in our comprehension of our church. The idea of a mission church and those straying are a  result of either a) laziness; or b) lack of awareness of the resources to learn things properly. I ended by telling His Holiness that my case in point is this – there are people that joined our church that I’ve met – they did it on their own, not through marriage or anything. They wouldn’t dream of changing Christmas from January 7. They wouldn’t dream of getting rid of the Coptic language and in fact, they know more Coptic as a language than some leading deacons…

So there it is, education.

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