Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

Priest Ordination - Orlando, Florida

October 1, 2017

COLLEYVILLE, TX. October 1, 2017 -- On Sunday, October 1, 2017, the diocese was blessed with the ordination of Fr. Maurice Ibrahim for the St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church in Orlando, FL as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands" ”, with the presence of Metropolitan Serapion and Bishop Beemen. This blessed event was attended by some of the Diocese priests, visiting fathers and lay people, and the Orlando community. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Maurice 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