Press Releases – Resources – Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States An RSS feed of the press releases released on the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States website http://www.suscopts.org/resources/literature Martyrdom of Reverend Hegumen Father Samaan Shehata, Priest at Saint Julius Akfahs Coptic Orthodox Church in Al-Fashn, Egypthttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2017/oct/13/martyrdom-of-reverend-hegumen-father-samaan-shehatCOLLEYVILLE, TX. October 13, 2017 -- A statement from His Grace regarding the martyrdom of Fr. Samaan Shehata, priest at St. Julius Akfahs Coptic Orthodox Church in Al-Fashn, Egypt. Statement on the Martyrdom of Reverend Hegumen Father Samaan Shehata Priest at Saint Julius Akfahs Coptic Orthodox Church in Al-Fashn, Egypt The killer of an innocent man hastened to slaughter a servant of God. On October 12th, 2017, hatred delivered another innocent martyr into God’s hands. God will require the blood of this saint from the hands of his murderer and those who instilled the ideology of hatred and ...Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000 Priest Ordination - Orlando, Floridahttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2017/oct/01/priest-ordination-orlando-floridaCOLLEYVILLE, 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 ...Sun, 01 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000 Orlando, FL - Priest Ordinationhttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2017/aug/13/orlando-fl-priest-ordinationCOLLEYVILLE, TX. August 13, 2017 -- On Sunday, August 13, 2017, the diocese was blessed with the ordination of Fr. Pisenti Rofail for the St. Peter, the Apostle Coptic Orthodox Church in Orlando, FL as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands". 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. Pisenti 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 ...Sun, 13 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000 Priest Ordination - Delray Beach, FLhttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2017/jul/23/priest-ordination-delray-beach-flCOLLEYVILLE, TX. July 23, 2017 -- On Sunday, July 23, 2017, the diocese was blessed with the ordination of Fr. Suriel Costandi for the St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Delray Beach, FL as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands" with the presence of H.E. Metropolitan Serapion and H.G. Bishop Peter. This blessed event was attended by some of the Diocese priests, visiting fathers and lay people, and the Delray Beach community. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Suriel wisdom, love, and peace as he begins his new service."The work of the priesthood is done ...Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000 Priest Ordination - Augusta, GAhttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2017/jul/09/priest-ordination-augusta-gaCOLLEYVILLE, TX. July 9, 2017 -- On Sunday, July 9, 2017, the diocese was blessed with the ordination of Fr. Augustine Fam for the St. Augustine Coptic Orthodox Church in Augusta, GA as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands". This blessed event was attended by some of the Diocese priests, visiting fathers and lay people, and the Augusta community. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Augustine 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 ...Sun, 09 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000 Statement on the Martyrs’ Pilgrimage to the Monastery of St. Samuel the Confessorhttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2017/may/27/statement-on-the-martyrs-pilgrimage-to-the-monasteCOLLEYVILLE, TX. May 27, 2017 -- A statement from His Grace regarding the bus shooting of our brethren going to the Monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor.Another day of blood and tears drenched Egyptian soil. The new norm of dehumanization is all too familiar in Egypt and on the global stage. Who can defend this atrocity in the sequence of atrocities aimed at Christians to further terrorize the entire nation and the world and to eradicate Egypt of its ancient Christian roots? For what purpose were these innocent victims brutally murdered or wounded?Killings are provoked by fear. Evil compels killers ...Sat, 27 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000 Priest Ordination - Nashville, TNhttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2017/apr/30/priest-ordination-nashville-tnCOLLEYVILLE, TX. April 30, 2017 -- On Sunday, April 30, 2017, the diocese was blessed with the ordination of Fr. Daniel Ebrahim for the St. Mina Coptic Orthodox Church in Nashville, TN as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands" with the presence of H.G. Bishop Takla, H.G. Bishop Abraham, and H.G. Bishop Peter. This blessed event was attended by some of the Diocese priests, visiting fathers, and the Nashville community. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Daniel wisdom, love, and peace as he begins his new service."The work of the priesthood is done on earth, ...Sun, 30 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000 Statement on the Martyrdom of Christians on Hosanna Sunday in Egypthttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2017/apr/10/statement-on-the-martyrdom-of-christians-on-hosannCOLLEYVILLE, TX. April 10, 2017 -- A statement from His Grace regarding the martyrdom of Christians on Hosanna Sunday in Egypt. With palms in their hands, hymns on the their lips, and peace in their hearts, new martyrs were ushered from their churches in Alexandria and Tanta into the Paradise of Joy on Hosanna Sunday, the day and feast of the Lord. To all Christians, know that you are a light in the world, a source of good, and a means for peace. The whole world is under siege by an ideology of hatred—a cancer of the conscience. The ...Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000 New Diocese Hymns Album - Selah Ihttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2017/mar/23/new-diocese-hymns-album-selah-iCOLLEYVILLE, TX. March 23, 2017 -- It is with great pleasure to announce the release of the New Diocese English Hymns - Selah I Album. This album consists of hymns of various seasons of the church calendar aiding the listener to grow toward Christ through the prayers and liturgical hymns. Digital and hard copies of the album can be purchased at coptichymnsinenglish.com/selah. ...Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000 Knoxville, TN - Priest Ordinationhttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2017/feb/19/knoxville-tn-priest-ordinationCOLLEYVILLE, TX. February 19, 2017 -- On Sunday, February 19, 2017, the diocese was blessed with an ordination of Fr. Hedra Faltaous for the St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Knoxville as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands". This blessed event was attended by some of the Diocese priests, some of the Houston community, some of the Chattanooga community, and the Knoxville community. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Hedra 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. ...Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:00:00 +0000