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 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 STATEMENT ON THE BOMBING AT SAINT PETER COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH (KNOWN AS “BOTROSIYA”), ABASSIYA, EGYPT, DECEMBER 11, 2016, COINCIDING WITH THE BLESSED MONTH OF KOIAHK 2, 1733 [A.M.]http://www.suscopts.org/press/2016/dec/11/statement-on-the-bombing-at-saint-peter-coptic-ortCOLLEYVILLE, TX. December 11, 2016 -- A message from His Grace regarding the bombing at St. Peter Coptic Orthodox Church in Abassiya, Egypt. Today, heaven’s gates opened wide to many victims of terrorism, angels placed the crowns of martyrdom upon their heads, and our Lord Jesus Christ welcomed them into the paradise of joy. Shortly after receiving the Holy Eucharist, a bomb exploded on the side of this ancient church, where women, infants, and young children await their turn to partake of the Holy Eucharist. There is no God in any religion that can accept this savagery, for it ...Sun, 11 Dec 2016 12:00:00 +0000 THE CULTURAL EXCHANGE EXPERIENCE PROGRAMhttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2016/oct/15/the-cultural-exchange-experience-program COLLEYVILLE, TX. October 15, 2016 -- The cultural exchange experience is an opportunity for two college/graduate students or young professionals to learn about a different culture as well as to serve in Kerala, India. Candidates may serve for a period of one month or longer if both parties agree. All accommodations will be covered by the university in Trivandrum ~ Kerala, India under the auspices of Dr Gabriel Mar Gregorios, Metropolitan. Candidates are responsible for their round trip airfare to India and for obtaining a visa according to the length of stay. For companionship and support, it is ...Sat, 15 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000 Tampa, FL - Priest Ordinationhttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2016/oct/09/tampa-fl-priest-ordinationCOLLEYVILLE, TX. October 9, 2016 -- On Sunday, October 9, 2016, the diocese was blessed with an ordination of Fr. Joshua Gerges for the St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Tampa as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands". This blessed event was attended by Bishop Peter, Bishop Abraham, some of the Diocese priests, some of the Nashville community and the Tampa community. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Joshua 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 ...Sun, 09 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000 Tampa, FL - Candidate for Priesthoodhttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2016/oct/03/tampa-fl-candidate-for-priesthoodCOLLEYVILLE, TX. October 3, 2016 -- God willing, on Sunday, October 9, 2016, the St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL will be blessed with an ordination of a new priest. The candidate to be is Mr. Mena Gerges. We ask for your prayers in the fulfillment of God's will for this blessed event."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 ...Mon, 03 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000 Message from the Bishops of the Coptic Orthodox Church of North Americahttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2016/jun/02/message-from-the-bishops-of-the-coptic-orthodox-chCOLLEYVILLE, TX. June 2, 2016 -- A message from the bishops of the Coptic Orthodox Church of America. Download Letter: English | Arabic Pastoral Message to the Sons of the Church of North AmericaWe, the Bishops of the Coptic Orthodox Church of North America, send this message to our beloved sons in our churches in North America, in order to warn them not to be dragged by the wrong teachings remembering what St. Paul said, "If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which ...Thu, 02 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000 Tallahassee, FL - Priest Ordinationhttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2016/mar/20/tallahassee-fl-priest-ordinationCOLLEYVILLE, TX. March 20, 2016 -- On Sunday, March 20, 2016, the diocese was blessed with an ordination of a general priest, Fr. Jerome Maximous, as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands". This blessed event was attended by H.E. Metropolitan Serapion, some of the Diocese priests, and the Tallahassee community. Fr. Jerome will be serving the congregation of St. Mary & St. George Coptic Orthodox Church. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Jerome wisdom, love, and peace as he begins his new service."The work of the priesthood is done on earth, but it is ranked ...Sun, 20 Mar 2016 12:00:00 +0000 The Church Rites for the Coptic Months of Tobe and Meshirhttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2016/feb/04/the-church-rites-for-the-coptic-months-of-tobe-andCOLLEYVILLE, TX. February 4, 2016 -- The church commemorates the feasts of annunciation, nativity, and resurrection on the 29th day of every Coptic month except for Tobe and Meshir since these two months represents the two eras of the Law and Prophets. So this Sunday, Tobe 29, will be following the rule of the 5th Sunday of the Coptic month. This means the hymns will be in the standard tune (NOT in the joyful tune) and the readings are the gospel of feeding the multitude which is from the 2nd Sunday of Meshir. ...Thu, 04 Feb 2016 12:00:00 +0000 C.O.P.E. TCR - Grand Openinghttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2016/feb/02/cope-tcr-grand-opening COLLEYVILLE, TX. February 2, 2016 -- The Diocese announces the grand opening of C.O.P.E. Please see below. C.O.P.E. - Coptic Orthodox Paradise Escape T.C.R - Triumphant Christian Retreat Brooksville, FL Under the direct blessings and supervision of His Grace Bishop Youssef, the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States is pleased to announce the grand opening of the C.O.P.E. (Coptic Orthodox Paradise Escape) home called TCR (Triumphant Christian Retreat). It is designated for those men that are suffering from any addictive behavior and/or sin such as but not limited to drugs, alcohol, gambling, pornography, marijuana, ...Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:00:00 +0000