Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

Clearwater, Florida - Priest Ordination

July 25, 2007

COLLEYVILLE, TX. July 25, 2007 -- On Sunday, June 22, 2007, the Clearwater community was blessed with an ordination of a new priest, Fr. Ephraim Michael, as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands". This blessed event was attended by some of the Diocese priests and the Clearwater community. Fr. Ephraim will be serving the congregation of St. Mary & St. Mina Coptic Orthodox Church. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Ephraim wisdom, love, and peace as he begins his new service.

"The work of the priesthood is done on earth, but it is ranked among heavenly ordinances. And this is only right, for no man, no angel, no archangel, no other created power, but the Paraclete Himself ordained this succession, and persuaded men, while still remaining in the flesh to represent the ministry of angels."
- St. John Chrysostom, On the Priesthood