Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

Austin, Texas - Candidate for Priesthood

November 27, 2013

COLLEYVILLE, TX. November 27, 2013 -- God willing, on Sunday, December 1, 2013, the Holy Cross Coptic Orthodox Church in Austin, TX will be blessed with an ordination of a new priest. The candidate to be is Deacon Rafeik Abouelkheir. We ask for your prayers in the fulfillment of God's will for this blessed event.

"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