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
Today, August 7, 2010, H.H. Pope Shenouda III with the gathered bishops ordained 2 new priests for the service of our churches in the USA. They are:
1. Fr. Bishoy, formerly known as Mr. Nazeeh Awad of Howell, NJ, to serve the church in Allentown, PA.
2. Fr. Louca, formerly known as Dr. Rafik of Bellville, NJ, to serve the church of St. Mary & St. Mercurius in Bellville, NJ.May God keep for us the life of our patriarch, bless his church, keep her strong, and bless the service and lives of these new fathers, the shepherds of Christ.
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