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The Departure of Hegumen Father Bishoy Gobreial

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With a firm hope in our Savior’s Resurrection from the dead, the Diocese announces the departure of the Reverend Hegumen Father Bishoy Gobreial on Sunday, September 14, 2014. He is the first presbyter who was assigned to the Diocese’s first parish, St. Mark Church in Los Angeles. Father Bishoy was born in Egypt in 1928 and [...]

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Congratulations to Fr. John Paul Abdelsayed on Completing his Doctoral Studies

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The Diocese community joyfully congratulates the Very Reverend Fr. Dr. John Paul Abdelsayed of the St. Paul Brotherhood for completing his Ph.D. program at Notre Dame University and successfully defending his dissertation on Christ the High Priest in the works of St. Cyril of Alexandria. Attending the defense were our beloved father, His Grace Bishop [...]

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Breaking Ground on a New Church Building in Oxnard

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The Diocese joyfully announces the ground breaking ceremony for the new church building at St. John the Baptist Coptic Orthodox Church in Oxnard on Friday, September 12 from 12:30-1:30 pm, following the Divine Liturgy from 9:00-11:00 am. His Grace Bishop Serapion will preside over the Divine Liturgy and ceremony, which will take place at the new [...]

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Urgent: Help Buy a Church in the Diocese

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The Church of St. Pope Kyrillos VI in Westminster, California is one of the newest parishes in our diocese. With God’s grace, it was established in August 2013 immediately after the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church canonized Pope Kyrillos VI the Wonderworker as a saint. For this reason, it is one of the first parishes [...]

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Axios! +Joseph Elected Metropolitan of Antiochian Orthodox Church in North America

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His Grace Bishop Serapion and the Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California, and Hawaii extend heartfelt congratulations to the children of the Antiochian Orthodox Church in North America for the election of Archbishop Joseph as their new metropolitan. Axios! Axios! Axios! From the Archdiocese: His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph was consecrated to the Holy Episcopacy on [...]

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Proposed Standard Liturgical English Responses

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Under the auspices of Their Graces Bishop Serapion, Bishop Youssef, Bishop David, Bishop Mina, and others, a committee of deacons was formed to research and record standardized congregational responses for the Liturgy of St. Basil. The purpose of these standard responses is to unify congregational responses throughout North America and make it easier for visitors to pray [...]

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New Parish in Chino Hills Opens this Weekend

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With great joy, the Diocese announces the opening of a new parish in Chino Hills this weekend. The parish, Holy Transfiguration American Coptic Orthodox Church, is a missionary church with a focus on English services and young families. God willing, it will serve Chino Hills and its surrounding regions alongside the existing large parishes in [...]

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New Women’s Ministry and Spiritual Day – June 21

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With the blessing of our father, Bishop Serapion, there have been several fruitful discussions about establishing a diocese-wide Women’s Ministry to help address the needs of women in our Orthodox diocese. On Saturday, June 21, the Ministry will begin with a spiritual day for all women at St. John Church in Covina. It will begin with the [...]

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Annual Marital Enrichment Seminar – June 7, 2014

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The 11th Marital Enrichment Seminar is coming back to St. Peter and St. Paul Coptic Orthodox Church in Santa Monica on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Participants who come to the seminar expect relevant topics, professional speakers, delicious food, homemade dessert, lively and hilarious entertainment, and a complete and exciting children’s program. The spots fill up fast [...]

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Axios! Election of New Syriac Orthodox Patriarch

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The Holy Synod of the Syriac Orthodox Church, our Sister Church in the faith, met on March 31, 2014 under the leadership of Catholicos Abune Basalios Thomas I of India and Archbishop Mor Severios Hawathe of Baghdad and Basra, the locum tenens of the Patriarchal See, and elected Metropolitan Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim Elected as [...]