On Wednesday, October 13, 2004, H.H. Pope Shenouda III ordained the deacon, Magdy Maurice, as a priest to serve in the Diocese of Los Angeles, and he was given the name "Fr. Youhanna." Their graces Bishop Serapion, Bishop Youanis, Bishop Armia, and Bishop Apakir participated in the prayers of the ordination, which took place at the church in the Archdiocese at Anba Roweis in Cairo. On the same day, the new priest went to St. Pishoy Monastery to spend the 40 days after ordination.