Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

Priest Ordination - New Port Richey, FL

February 23, 2020

COLLEYVILLE, TX. February 23, 2020 -- On Sunday, February 23, the diocese was blessed with the ordination of Fr. Pigol Hanna for the St. Verena Coptic Orthodox Church in New Port Richey, FL as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands" with the presence of Metropolitan Serapion, H.G. Bishop Basil, and H.G. Bishop Grefory. This blessed event was attended by some of the Diocese priests, visiting laymen, and the Clearwater/Tampa community. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Pigol 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