Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

Tampa, FL - Priest Ordination

October 9, 2016

COLLEYVILLE, TX. October 9, 2016 -- On Sunday, October 9, 2016, the diocese was blessed with an ordination of Fr. Joshua Gerges for the St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Tampa as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands". This blessed event was attended by Bishop Peter, Bishop Abraham, some of the Diocese priests, some of the Nashville community and the Tampa community. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Joshua 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