June 23, 2016

Axios! Ordination of Deacon Daniel Meleka

Today, His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion, accompanied by Their Graces Bishop Abraham and Bishop Kyrillos, laid hands upon and ordained the servant, Daniel Meleka, to the priestly rank of deacon at the Divine Liturgy for the June 2016 Clergy Meeting at St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Los Angeles. This was the first step in Deacon Daniel’s ultimate ordination as a presbyter to serve in the Diocese at St. Mary and St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church in – …

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March 15, 2016

Summary of the Recent Elevations and Ordinations

The past month will be remembered as a unique time in the history of the Diocese in light of the various elevations and ordinations that have taken place. For those who missed the news, here is a summary: Elevation of Metropolitan Serapion Axios! The Reception of Metropolitan Serapion (March 8, 2016) New Biography page Announcing the Consecration of Two Auxiliary Bishops Hegumen Father Isaac Boulos and Hegumen Father Dr. John Paul Abdelsayed (March 14) Elevation of Four – …

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March 14, 2016

Axios! The Elevation of Hegumen Fr. Isaac Boulos and Hegumen Fr. John Paul Abdelsayed

On Monday, March 14, 2016, His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the St. Paul Brotherhood and elevated the Very Reverend Father Isaac Boulos and the Very Reverend Father Dr. John Paul Abdelsayed to the priestly dignity of Hegumen. The elevation of these two beloved holy fathers precedes the eagerly anticipated joy of their consecration as auxiliary bishops later this year to assist His Eminence in various aspects of the service within the Diocese. – …

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March 14, 2016

Axios! Ordination of Fr. Jonah Labib

On Sunday, March 13, 2016, His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion, along with His Grace Bishop Karas, the General Bishop and Patriarchal Exarch at the Archdiocese of North America, laid hands upon and ordained Deacon Jonah Labib (formerly Dr. Michael Labib) as a presbyter to serve in the Diocese at St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Bellflower. We congratulate Fr. Jonah, his family, and the entire parish community for this joyful occasion while praying that the Lord – …

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March 11, 2016

Axios! Elevation of Hegumen Fr. Shenouda Ghattas

In the Divine Liturgy for the March 2016 Clergy Meeting at St. Pope Kerollos VI Church, His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion laid hands upon and elevated Father Shenouda Ghattas to the priestly dignity of Hegumen. This was His Eminence’s first act of elevation after his own elevation to the episcopal dignity of Metropolitan on February 28, 2016. The Reverend Hegumen Father Shenouda was ordained as a presbyter by the Thrice-Blessed Pope Shenouda III of blessed memory – …

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September 22, 2015

Ordination of a New Priest for St. Demiana (Bakersfield)

“And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was.” ‭‭(Heb‬ ‭5:4‬) With great joy, the Diocese announces the ordination of a new priest for St. Demiana Coptic Orthodox Church in Bakersfield. The candidate, Mr. Beshoy Dawood, will be ordained by His Grace Bishop Serapion as a Deacon on Wednesday, September 30 and later ordained as a presbyter on Sunday, October 4 at St. Demiana Church. – …

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November 9, 2013

Axioi! Ordination of Deacon Raphael Maher and Deacon Arsanious Wissa

On Saturday, November 9, 2013, His Grace Bishop Serapion laid hands on and ordained the blessed servants, Philip Maher and Farouk Wissa, as Deacon Raphael and Deacon Arsanious, respectively, at St. Abanoub and St. Antony Church in Norco where they will serve. Attending the ordinations were Fr. Michael Gabriel, Fr. Macarius Shehata, Fr. Ishak Boulos, Fr. Mina Girgis, and Fr. Antony Selim. God willing, on Sunday, November 24, Deacon Raphael will be ordained a presbyter – …

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October 29, 2013

Choosing a Shepherd

You must all exercise great diligence and fervent desire in this matter, that someone may be designated by the Holy Spirit to preside over you who will keep his eye fixed wholly on the things of God and will not allow his gaze to be distracted hither and thither by any of the things prized in this life. It was because of this danger, I think, that the levitical law gave to the Levite no – …

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