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 Priest Ordination – Clearwater, FLhttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2018/apr/15/priest-ordination--clearwater-flCOLLEYVILLE, 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, ...Sun, 15 Apr 2018 12:00:00 -0500 Priest Ordination – Phoenix, AZhttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2018/mar/18/priest-ordination--phoenix-azCOLLEYVILLE, TX. March 18, 2018 -- On Sunday, March 18, 2018, the diocese was blessed with the ordination of Fr. Arseny Aziz for the Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in Phoenix, AZ as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands" with the presence of Metropolitan Serapion and H.G. Bishop Seraphim. This blessed event was attended by some of the Diocese priests, visiting priests, visiting laymen, and the Phoenix community. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Arseny wisdom, love, and peace as he begins his new service."The work of the priesthood is done on earth, but it ...Sun, 18 Mar 2018 12:00:00 -0500 SUS Pre-Servants Programhttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2018/mar/17/sus-pre-servants-programCOLLEYVILLE, TX. March 17, 2018 -- For the first time ever, St. Mary and St. Moses Abbey will be offering a Pre-Servants Program for incoming high school males, freshmen and older. Dates: 16 courses (3 days each) over the course of 4 years (4 courses per summer)- dates will be posted on the registration form Please sign up via Google Form Registration as seats are very limited: Each 3 day course costs $25.00. Payment can be made in cash or in check written to "St. Mary & St. Moses Abbey", with "summer program" in the memo ...Sat, 17 Mar 2018 12:00:00 -0500 Priest Ordination - Dawsonville, Georgiahttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2018/feb/22/priest-ordination-dawsonville-georgiaCOLLEYVILLE, TX. February 22, 2018 -- On Thursday, February 22, 2018, the diocese was blessed with the ordination of Fr. Zakaria Bakheet for the St. Mary & St. Demiana Coptic Orthodox Convent in Dawsonville, GA as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands" with the presence of H.G. Bishop Cherubim, H.G. Bishop David, H.G. Bishop Peter, and H.G. Bishop Seraphim. This blessed event was attended by some of the Diocese priests and visiting lay people. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Zakaria wisdom, love, and peace as he begins his new service."The work of the priesthood ...Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:00:00 -0600 Priest Ordination - Nashville, TNhttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2018/feb/11/priest-ordination-nashville-tnCOLLEYVILLE, TX. February 11, 2018 -- On Sunday, February 11, 2018, the diocese was blessed with the ordination of Fr. Karas Sorial for the St. Philopateer Coptic Orthodox Church in Nashville, TN as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands" with the presence of H.G. Bishop Abraham, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angelos. This blessed event was attended by some of the Diocese priests and the Nashville community. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Karas wisdom, love, and peace as he begins his new service."The work of the priesthood is done on earth, but ...Sun, 11 Feb 2018 12:00:00 -0600 Priest Elevation and Ordination – Dallas, TXhttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2017/dec/03/priest-elevation-and-ordination--dallas-txCOLLEYVILLE, TX. December 3, 2017 -- On Sunday, December 3, 2017, the diocese was blessed with the ordination of Fr. Barnaba Melek for the St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Dallas, TX as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands". This blessed event was attended by some of the Diocese priests, visiting lay people, and the Dallas community. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Barnaba wisdom, love, and peace as he begins his new service. Also during this blessed eventheld at St. Philopateer Coptic Orthodox Church, Fr. Boulos Mikhael was elevated to hegumen. We thank ...Sun, 03 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0600 7th Annual Book Fair - Delray Beach, FLhttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2017/nov/10/7th-annual-book-fair-delray-beach-flCOLLEYVILLE, TX. November 10, 2017 — St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Delray Beach is happy to announce its 7th annual book fair. If you have any questions, please email them to stmarybookfair@gmail.com. ...Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0600 Priest Ordination - Atlanta, Georgiahttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2017/nov/05/priest-ordination-atlanta-georgiaCOLLEYVILLE, TX. November 5, 2017 -- On Sunday, November 5, 2017, the diocese was blessed with the ordination of Fr. Nathanael Guirguis for the St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Atlanta, GA as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands". This blessed event was attended by some of the Diocese priests, visiting lay people, and the Atlanta community. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Nathanael 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 ...Sun, 05 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0500 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 -0500 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 it ...Sun, 01 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0500