November 24, 2014

The Departure of the Thrice-Blessed Metropolitan Mikhail of Assiut

His Grace Bishop Serapion, along with the clergy and laity of the Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California, and Hawaii commend to the heavenly habitations the pure soul of the thrice-blessed Metropolitan Mikhail of Assiut, entreating God’s repose for his pure soul in the Paradise of Joy. The Diocese also offers her condolences to His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and all of the hierarchs of the Coptic Orthodox Church, and to all of the clergy and – …

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September 18, 2014

Diocese Bids Farewell to Hegumen Father Bishoy Gobreial

On Thursday, September 18, the Diocese community gathered under the leadership of our father in Christ, His Grace Bishop Serapion, to bid farewell to the beloved father, Hegumen Bishoy Gobreial, who departed into eternal rest on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the age of 86. The funeral service was preceded by the celebration of the Divine Liturgy by His Grace and several diocesan clergy. Afterwards, the funeral service for departed priests commenced with many priests carrying – …

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September 14, 2014

The Departure of Hegumen Father Bishoy Gobreial

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 earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Agricultural Sciences from Cairo University in 1951, and a diploma in – …

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March 28, 2014

Condolences to His Holiness Pope Tawadros II

With a firm hope in the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Diocese of Los Angeles extends her condolences to our beloved father, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, for the departure of his mother, Mrs. Samia Istafanous who departed into eternal rest on Friday, March 28, 2014. Her pious life is clearly evident in the fact that she brought forth and raised Pope Tawadros II, whose very name means “gift from God,” for the – …

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March 21, 2014

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka Iwas of Antioch and All East Reposes in the Lord

With a firm hope in the Resurrection of our Savior, the Diocese offers her condolences to our brothers and sisters in the Syriac Orthodox Church for the departure of the Thrice-Blessed Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka Iwas of Antioch and All East. Word of His Holiness’ departure was confirmed by official sources in Germany where he had been staying for treatment. His Holiness departed at precisely twelve noon on March 21, 2014 from health complications. The – …

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March 20, 2014

Condolences for the Departure of Antiochian Orthodox Metropolitan Philip (Saliba)

With a strong hope in the Resurrection of our Savior, the Diocese offers condolences to our brothers and sisters in the Antiochian Orthodox Church for the departure of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip (Saliba), Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All America. Upon hearing the news, His Grace Bishop Serapion immediately offered condolences to Archbishop Joseph of the Antiochian Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles and the West. The Antiochian Orthodox Church is one of two – …

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April 23, 2012

Condolences from Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Coptic Orthodox Church on the Death of Pope Shenouda

To the faithful people of the Coptic Church in Egypt and throughout the world, our beloved in the Lord: grace and peace from on high. The world’s heart stopped briefly in mourning as we all learned the sad news that His Holiness Pope Shenouda III fell asleep in the Lord. Yet, we do not mourn without consolation or hope (1 Thess. 4.13). For, Pope Shenouda left behind a legacy for all people and all ages. – …

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April 2, 2012

Heartfelt Condolences of the Eritrean Orthodox Diocese of North America

In the passing away of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, the 117th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt, the world has lost a most beloved spiritual leader. Pope Shenouda’s influence has been wide and deep throughout his papacy. The Coptic Church has experienced a profound and unparalleled renaissance under his leadership. He was the author of over 100 books, a great theologian, and an indefatigable servant of God. The Eritrean Orthodox Church and its – …

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April 2, 2012

Obituary for Pope Shenouda III

Together with all Egyptians, the Episcopal / Anglican Church of Egypt mourns the loss of Pope Shenouda III, the Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church. Pope Shenouda passed away yesterday (Saturday 17 March) at the age of 89 and 41 years after his enthronement as the 117th Patriarch of Alexandria. Please find attached in the PDF file below an obituary for Pope Shenouda III from the Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Anis. Obituary for Pope Shenouda – …

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April 2, 2012

Condolences from the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego

His Grace Bishop Serapion received a letter of condolences from the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego for the departure of the thrice-blessed Pope Shenouda III. A similar letter was also sent to the priests of St. Demiana Coptic Orthodox Church in San Diego. You may read the letter at this link. Condolences from Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego.pdf33.8 KB

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March 26, 2012

Condolences of Bishop Tod Brown of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange

His Grace Bishop Serapion received a kind letter of sympathy and condolences from the Most Reverend Bishop Tod D. Brown of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange for the departure of the Thrice Blessed Pope Shenouda III. You may read the letter at this link. Condolences – Bishop Tod Brown.pdf8.7 MB

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March 26, 2012

A Message of Sympathy and Condolences +The Thrice-Blessed Pope Shenouda III+

A Message from Metropolitan PHILIP, Primate Metropolitan of New York and All North America With much sadness and sorrow, we have received the news of the falling asleep of His Holiness Patriarch and Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria, and Patriarch of the Seat of St. Mark. His passing on to eternal life is an enormous loss not only for the Coptic Church, but also for the Church as a whole, especially since he believed in dialogue and held – …

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