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 Houston, TX - Priest Ordinationhttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2015/jun/28/houston-tx-priest-ordinationCOLLEYVILLE, TX. June 28, 2015 -- On Sunday, June 28, 2015, the Houston community was blessed with an ordination of a new priest, Fr. Matthias Shehad, as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands". This blessed event was attended by H.G. Bishop Serapion, some of the Diocese priests, and the Houston community. Fr. Matthias will be serving the congregation of St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Matthias 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 ...Sun, 28 Jun 2015 12:00:00 -0500 Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriagehttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2015/jun/27/statement-on-the-supreme-court-ruling-on-same-sex-COLLEYVILLE, TX. June 27, 2015 -- After the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, His Grace is releasing the following message. "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20) The Supreme Court decision on Friday, June 26, 2015, sanctioning same-sex marriages in all fifty states is the result of years of desensitization, which has sadly now culminated in the poorest spiritual and social aberrance in the history of the American judicial system. The moral conscience of ...Sat, 27 Jun 2015 12:00:00 -0500 Asaph Hymns Institute - Fall Registration Openhttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2015/jun/09/asaph-hymns-institute-2015COLLEYVILLE, TX. June 9, 2015 -- The Asaph Hymns Institute committee wouild like to inform everyone that the registration for the 2015 Fall Semester of the Asaph Hymns Institute has officially opened. You can register and apply by visiting: www.sushymns.org The deadline to apply will be July 15, 2015. Please note for first time registrants, this is a 2 step process, you must: 1.) Create an account through the website if you have not already done so and then 2.) follow the instructions for submitting an application. Registering without submitting an application is not enough to give ...Tue, 09 Jun 2015 12:00:00 -0500 Houston, TX - Candidate for Priesthoodhttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2015/jun/08/houston-tx-candidate-for-priesthoodCOLLEYVILLE, TX. June 8, 2015 -- God willing, on Sunday, June 28, 2015, the St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Houston will be blessed with an ordination of a new priest. The candidate to be is Nader Shehad. On Friday, June 26, 2015, Mr. Shehad will be ordained full deacon at St. Mary and Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church. 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 ...Mon, 08 Jun 2015 12:00:00 -0500 Holy Synod Decrees, May 2015http://www.suscopts.org/press/2015/jun/04/holy-synod-decrees-may-2015 COLLEYVILLE, TX. June 4, 2015 -- On May 28, 2015, the annual meeting for the Holy Synod was held. Through the grace of God, listed below are the decrees.Recognizing The Monastery of the Virgin Mary & Archangel Michael for nuns in Dairut. An official letter to His Holiness requesting the approval for each novice to take the monastic vow must be submitted by the Abbot of the monastery. A "Monastery Center" is an administrative and lodging center for monks and nuns, with certain health or social conditions. The center should not get involved in any ecclesiastic services or ...Thu, 04 Jun 2015 12:00:00 -0500 Broadcasting: The 2015 Hosanna Sunday Servicehttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2015/apr/04/broadcasting-the-2015-hosanna-sunday-serviceCOLLEYVILLE, TX. April 4, 2015 -- Through the grace of God, St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Daytona Beach, FL is providing live streaming of the Divine Liturgy with His Grace on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 8:00 am (EST). The streaming may be viewed at the following link http://www.ustream.tv/channel/stgeorgedaytonabeach ...Sat, 04 Apr 2015 12:00:00 -0500 Broadcasting: Divine Liturgy by His Gracehttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2015/mar/21/broadcasting-divine-liturgy-by-his-grace-mar-22-20COLLEYVILLE, TX. March 21, 2015 -- Through the grace of God, St. Mary & St. Mina Coptic Orthodox Church in Clearwter, FL is providing live streaming of the Divine Liturgy with His Grace on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at 8:30 am (EST). The streaming may be viewed at the following link http://www.stmarystmina.org/live/ ...Sat, 21 Mar 2015 12:00:00 -0500 Broadcasting: Divine Liturgy by His Gracehttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2015/mar/07/broadcasting-divine-liturgy-by-his-grace-mar-08-20COLLEYVILLE, TX. March 7, 2015 -- Through the grace of God, St. Mary & Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in Oviedo, FL is providing live streaming of the Divine Liturgy with His Grace on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 8:00 am (EST). The streaming may be viewed at the following link http://www.suscopts.org/stmaryorlando/broadcast.htm ...Sat, 07 Mar 2015 12:00:00 -0600 Prayer Dedication for the 21 Martyrs in Libyahttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2015/feb/16/prayer-dedication-for-the-21-martyrs-in-libyaCOLLEYVILLE, TX. February 16, 2015 -- God willing the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States will dedicate the Divine Liturgy of this coming Sunday, February 22, 2015 in all the churches of the Diocese to the souls of the 21 martyrs who shed their blood as a sacrifice of love to their Lord and Master Jesus Christ our King. May their prayers and intercessions be with us all Amen. ...Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:00:00 -0600 Statement on the Abducted Copts in Libya by Daashhttp://www.suscopts.org/press/2015/feb/13/statement-on-the-abducted-copts-in-libya-by-daashCOLLEYVILLE, TX. February 13, 2015 -- A statement from His Grace regarding the abducted Copts in Libya by Daash. Hate is the most vile word in the human language. The evinced repulsive upshot of hate lingers on and on in the Middle East by the terrorist faction Daash who recently abducted twenty-one Copts in Libya to march them to their death. This revolting scenario has become all too customary for these extremists to accomplish such hideous crimes against all of humanity. We are all-every race, religion, tribe, and nation, God's creation by His own hands and with His own ...Fri, 13 Feb 2015 12:00:00 -0600