The meaning of the word “Ministry” evolved during the period of time covered by the Holy Bible: from the days of Moses to the days of the Apostles. During the early days covered by the Old Testament, the word “minister” was used to designate someone attending a high ranking person. A most characteristic identification of the ministry is with the Levites priests in the Temple: “At that time the Lord separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the Lord, to stand before the Lord to minister unto him, and to bless his name, unto this day” (Deuteronomy 10:8).
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Fr. Theophilus Mikhail is a general priest and the secretary for the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States in Colleyville, TX. Additionally he is the primary priest for St. Demiana Coptic Orthodox Church. On March 6, 2005, H.G. Bishop Youssef, with the presence of H.G. Bishop Surial, ordained him priest. Fr. Theophilus has been serving within the Diocese of the Southern United States since March 6, 2005. We pray that the Lord will continue blessing his service.
Due to the expansion of the churches, communities, congregation and services in the diocese, Fr. Maximus Abba Moses will serve as Episcopal Vicar for the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States for Texas and Arizona affairs under the auspices of His Grace Bishop Youssef, the Bishop of the Diocese. May God bless all the services for the glory of His Holy Name.
Listening to the call of the Lord Jesus Christ, His Grace Bishop Youssef entered the monastic life in 1986 at the El-Souryan Monastery. He was ordained into the priesthood in 1988. Then in 1989, he came to the United States under the auspices of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, the 117th Pope of the Holy See of St. Mark. He was appointed resident priest to serve the Coptic congregation of St. Mary Church in Dallas/Fort Worth. In 1992, His Grace…
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II was born Wagih Sobhy Baky Soliman on November 4th, 1952 in Mansoura. His father was an irrigation engineer and his family moved around during his childhood from Mansoura to Sohag and then to Damanhour. He received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy in 1975 from Alexandria University and earned a fellowship for the World Health Organization from the British International Health Institute in England in 1985. He attended the Coptic Seminary and graduated in 1983. He…