Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

Clearwater, Florida - Priest Ordination

February 19, 2012

COLLEYVILLE, TX. February 19, 2012 -- On Sunday, February 19, 2012, the Clearwater community was blessed with an ordination of a new priest, Fr. Meena Ghaly, 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, some fathers outside of the Diocese,some of the Southern Diocese priests and the Clearwater community. Fr. Meena be will serving the congregation of St. Mary and St. Mina Coptic Orthodox Church. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Meena 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