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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April 9, 2009

NCC Leads 30-Member Ecumenical Delegation To Cuba Jan. 22-28

January 13, 2004, NEW YORK CITY – Consultation with Cuban churches on shared concerns and celebration of the consecration of a new Greek Orthodox cathedral in Havana will top the agenda of a January 22-28 U.S. church leaders’ delegation visit to Cuba. Led by the Rev. Dr. Bob Edgar, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches U.S.A., the delegation also has requested a meeting with Cuba’s President Fidel Castro, at which the NCC is – …

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April 9, 2009

His Holiness' Pastoral Trip to South America

His Holiness Pope Shenouda arrived on February 9th at Sao Paulo, coming from Johannesburg, South Africa. His Holiness will consecrate St. Mark Church in Sao Paulo on Sunday February 12th and leave to Santa Cruz, Bolivia on Sunday February 12th. On Monday, February 13th, His Holiness will consecrate our new Coptic Church in Santa Cruz Bolivia. On Tuesday February 14th, His Holiness will travel to New Jersey and on Friday February 17, HH will travel – …

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April 9, 2009

Joint Oriental Orthodox Sunday School Bible Competition

On Saturday, May 13 the Armenian, Syriac, and Coptic Orthodox Churches gathered their Sunday School students for a Bible Competition, which was held at St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church in Glendale, CA. The event was for students ages 11-15 and it focused on the history of the three Oriental Orthodox churches and the first ten chapters of the Gospel of Matthew. This event was under the guidance and supervision of H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate – …

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April 9, 2009

St. Athanasius and St. Cyril Theological Library Prepares for its First Patristic Conference

The Saint Athanasius and Saint Cyril Theological Library cordially invites you to its First Annual Patristic Conference on “READING THE SCRIPTURES WITH ST. ATHANASIUS AND ST. CYRIL” from July 20-21, 2007 at Holy Virgin Mary Coptic Orthodox Church For the Commemoration of the Feast of St. Cyril with special guest lecturers: + Fr. George Dragas "Saint Cyril: The Christological Exegesis in St. Cyril’s Commentary on Genesis" + Deacon Severus Mikhail "Saint Athanasius and His Use – …

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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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