Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

Priest Ordination – Clearwater, FL

April 15, 2018

COLLEYVILLE, TX. April 15, 2018 -- On Sunday, April 15, the diocese was blessed with the ordination of Fr. Ermia Bishara for the St. Mary & St. Mina Coptic Orthodox Church in Clearwater, FL as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands". This blessed event was attended by some of the Diocese priests, visiting laymen, and the Clearwater community. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Ermia 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