Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

Priest Ordination - Jacksonville, FL

July 7, 2024

COLLEYVILLE, TX. July 7, 2024 -- On Sunday, July 7, 2024, the diocese was blessed with the ordination of Fr. John Ghali for the St. Demiana Coptic Orthodox Church in Jacksonville, FL as H.E. Metropolitan Youssef performed the "laying of the hands" with the presence of H.G. Bishop Reweis (General Bishop of Asia), H.G. Bishop Basil and H.G. Bishop Gregory. This blessed event was attended by some of the Diocese priests, visiting priests and laymen, and the Jacksonville community. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. John 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