Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

Tampa, Florida - Priest Ordination

October 24, 2010

COLLEYVILLE, TX. October 24, 2010 -- On Sunday, October 24, 2010, the Tampa community was blessed with an ordination of a new priest, Fr. Matthew Morgan, as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of hands". This blessed event was attended by H.G. Bishop Serapion of Los Angeles, H.G. Bishop Cherubim of Qena, Fr. Bishoy Saad and Fr. Mikhail Aziz from Canada, some of the Diocese priests and the Tampa community. Fr. Matthew be will serving the congregation of St. George Coptic Orthodox Church. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Matthew 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