Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

Priest Ordination – Palm Harbor, FL

June 10, 2018

COLLEYVILLE, TX. June 10, 2018 -- On Sunday, June 10, the diocese was blessed with the ordination of Fr. Mercurius Gorgy for the St. Philopateer Mercurius Coptic Orthodox Church in Palm Habor, FL as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands". This blessed event was attended by some of the Diocese priests, visiting priests and laymen, and the Clearwater/Tampa community. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Mercurius 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