April 9, 2009

Ordination of Fr. Boules Baky

On Sunday, March 6th, 2005, H.G. Bishop Serapion ordained the blessed servant, Sherif Baky as a priest. The rites of this blessed ordination took place at St. Maurice Church in Pomona. Prior to the priesthood ordination, Fr. Boules was ordained first as a Deacon on Friday March 4, 2005 at St. Mina Church in Riverside. Fr. Boules has been a youth servant and Sunday School Teacher at our church in Dubai and also in St. – …

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April 9, 2009

Second Annual Joint Divine Liturgy of the Oriental Churches

On Thursday May 11, 2006, under the guidance and leadership of His Grace Bishop Serapion, His Eminence Mor Clemis Eugene Kaplan (Syriac Orthodox Church), His Eminence Hovnan Derderian and His Eminence Moushegh Mardirossian (Armenian Apostolic Church), the Coptic, Armenian, and Syriac sister Oriental Orthodox Churches of the Western United States celebrated the second annual joint Divine Liturgy at the Armenian Apostolic Church in Burbank, CA. The day was filled with prayer, solidarity, and fellowship among – …

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April 9, 2009

His Holiness Signs Common Declation with H.H. Patriarch Zakka I and H.H. Catholicos Aram I in Syria

From April 19-21, 2007, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III travelled to Syria for the tenth annual meeting of the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches, with His Holiness Patriarch Zakka I of the Syrian Orthodox Church and His Holiness Catholicos Aram I of the Armenian Church-Holy See of Cilicia. This year’s meeting was held at at St. Ephrem Syrian Orthodox Monastery in Damascus, Syria came ten years after the foundational meeting in 1996. During their – …

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April 9, 2009

Ordination of Fr. Isaac Androus

On Sunday, January 11, 2004, H.G. Bishop Serapion ordained the blessed servant, Isaac Androus, as a priest in the Diocese of Los Angeles. He was given the name, Fr. Essac. This blessed event took place at Saint George Church in Bellflower. From our sister Church, H.E. Archbishop Eugene Kaplan, Patriarchal Vicar of the Western Diocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church participated in the blessed ordination. Following the ordination, the new priest traveled to Egypt to – …

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April 9, 2009

Fr. Michael Gabriel Ordained Hegumen

On Thursday, March 15, 2007, His Grace Bishop Serapion ordained Fr. Michael Gabriel, to the priestly rank of Hegumen. The blessed ordination took place at Saint Maurice Church in Pomona. His Grace Bishop Serapion has reassigned Fr. Michael Gabriel to serve St. Abanoub and St. Antony Church in Corona along with Fr. Antony Selim. 

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April 9, 2009

Communiqué of the Fellowship of Orthodox Bishops Concerning the Da Vinci Code and the Gospel of Judas

A fellowship of Orthodox Bishops was hosted by His Grace Joseph, bishop of Los Angeles and all the West (Antiochian Orthodox Church) on May 16, 2006, in the presence of bishops Serapion, (Coptic Orthodox Church), C. Eugene, (Syrian Orthodox Church), Moushegh (Armenian apostolic Church), Hovnan (Armenian Church). During the fellowship, the topics of “Da Vinci Code,” and the “Gospel of Judas,” were discussed. In conclusion to the discussion, it was decided that this fellowship communiqué – …

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April 9, 2009

Holy Pentecost Books Now Available!

With great joy and enthusiasm, Saint Paul Brotherhood announces the publication of the Treasure of the Fathers Series, “The Feast of Pentecost,” the supplement to “Holy Feast of Resurrection” and vol. 4, “The Holy Fifty Days.” This book includes sermons on the Feast of Pentecost and the Holy Spirit by our great fathers, St. Athanasius the Apostolic, St. Basil the Great, St. John Chrysostom, St. Cyril of Jerusalem, and St. Ambrose of Milan. There are – …

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March 8, 2009

Spiritual Day for Junior High Youth – Creation versus Evolution

On Saturday, March 14, St. Marina Coptic Orthodox Church will hold a spiritual day for junior-high youth on the topic “Creation versus Evolution.” The aim of the programme is to educate young Orthodox Christian youth on the Church’s teaching on the creation versus evolution debate. In addition, the day will offer fellowship, skits, and games to both educate and entertain the youth. The schedule will be as follows: 10:00 – 10:30 Welcome 10:30 – 11:00 – …

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February 12, 2009

Dr. Hans-Jurgen Feulner to Address Diocese Clergy on Oriental Orthodox Liturgies

POMONA, CA – On Thursday, January 19, 2009, His Grace Bishop Serapion and the clergy of the Diocese will convene at St. Marina Coptic Orthodox Church in Irvine, California for their monthly clergy meeting.  By special invitation of His Grace Bishop Serapion, the clergy will be edified with a lecture on the history of Oriental Orthodox liturgies by Dr. Hans-Jürgen Feulner. Dr. Feulner is a university professor for Liturgical Studies and Theology of the Sacraments – …

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February 5, 2009

2009 Convention Information and Registration

The Diocese is pleased to offer complete information and online registration for the 2009 conventions for college, high school, and junior high youth. The summer conventions are a great way for Coptic Orthodox youth in the Diocese to benefit spiritually from dynamic speakers while building lasting friendships with their peers and friend from all parts of the Diocese. God willing, this year will be the most successful year yet. For the first time, the Diocese – …

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January 30, 2009

Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant Organizations File Amicus Brief in Prop. 8 Case

According to the Catholic News Agency, a coalition of Jewish, Catholic and Protestant organizations has filed an amicus curiae brief with the California Supreme Court arguing that Proposition 8–the successful California ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage in November 2008–should be upheld. The brief offers the following points: Proposition 8 prevents a conflict between the church and state in issues that are undoubtedly affected by same-sex marriage, such as housing and public accommodations. Overturning Proposition – …

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January 27, 2009

Bishop Serapion to Travel to Russia for the Enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Kirill

On January 29, 2009, His Grace Bishop Serapion will travel to Moscow, Russia on behalf of the Coptic Orthodox Church to congratulate and attend the enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad as the 16th Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, the official title of the heads of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Patriarch-elect received 508 of the 702 available votes in the secret election. He succeeds Patriarch Alexei II, who reposed – …

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