July 10, 2017

Press Release of the Commission for Bilateral Dialogue between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Coptic Orthodox Church

Astana, Kazakhstan, June 29, 2017 From June 27-30, 2017 the Commission for Bilateral Dialogue between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Coptic Orthodox Church held its second meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan generously hosted by His Grace Bishop Gennady of Kaskelen, co-chairman of the Commission. Present at the meeting were His Grace Bishop Gennady of Kaskelen, Hieromonk Stefan (Igumnov), Secretary for Inter-Christian Affairs from the Department of External Church Relations (DECR), the Very Rev. Father Oleg – …

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February 16, 2017

Meeting for all Teachers and Educators in the Diocese – March 26

Under the leadership of His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion and the guidance of His Grace Bishop Kyrillos, the Auxiliary Bishop for Education in the Diocese, there will be a meeting for all teachers and educators in the Diocese on Sunday, March 26 from 3:00-5:00 pm at St. Mary and St. Verena Church in Anaheim. In this kick-off meeting we will start identifying current and potential service needs and opportunities throughout the Diocese, and we will begin – …

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October 6, 2016

Axios! Ordination of Deacon Andrew Iskander and a New Priest for the Diocese

On Thursday, October 6, at the monthly Clergy Meeting, His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion, accompanied by Their Graces Bishop Abraham and Bishop Kyrillos, laid hands upon and ordained the blessed servant, Andrew Iskander, to the priestly rank of Deacon. God willing, Deacon Andrew will be ordained as a presbyter on Sunday, October 30 to serve in the Diocese, initially at both St. Paul Church (Tustin) and St. Basil (San Diego); both are American Coptic Orthodox Churches. – …

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September 2, 2016

Axios! Ordination of Deacon Giorgios Hanna

In the course of the Divine Liturgy for the September 2016 Clergy Meeting, His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion, along with Their Graces Bishop Abraham and Bishop Kyrillos, laid hands upon and ordained the blessed servant, Dr. George Hanna, to the priestly rank of Deacon with the name Giorgios. For many years, Deacon Giorgios faithfully served at St. Abanoub and St. Antony Church in Norco with the late Fr. Samuel Samaan of blessed memory and later at – …

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August 25, 2016

Condolences to Fr. John Mikhail and Family

Today, with a firm hope in the Resurrection, the Diocese learned of the departure of the blessed priest, Hegumen Father Gawargious Morcos, the father of our own Father John Mikhail of St. Justina Church in Rancho Cucamonga, and the brother of His Eminence Metropolitan Hedra. His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion and Their Graces Bishop Abraham and Bishop Kyrillos offered condolences to the entire family. God willing, the family will receive condolences on Friday, August 26 at – …

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August 7, 2016

Axios! Elevation of Hegumen Father Raphael Hanna

On Sunday, August 7, His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion celebrated the Divine Liturgy at St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church accompanied by Their Graces Bishop Abraham and Bishop Kyrillos. As part of the liturgical celebration, the Reverend Father Raphael Hanna was elevated to the priestly rank of Hegumen after serving at St. Mark’s parish for over 13 years. The children of the Diocese congratulate the new Hegumen and the entire congregation of St. Mark in Los Angeles for – …

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August 4, 2016

Axios! Ordination of Deacon Daniel Nashed

At the monthly meeting of the Diocese clergy, His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion, accompanied by Their Graces Bishop Abraham and Bishop Kyrillos, laid hands upon and ordained the blessed servant, Daniel Nashed, to the priestly rank of Deacon at St. Demiana Church in San Diego. God willing, Deacon Daniel will be ordained as a presbyter on Sunday, August 21 for the Diocese and will continue his service at St. Verena and the Three Holy Youth Church – …

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July 25, 2016

Axios! Elevation of Hegumen Father Bishoy Kamel

On Sunday, July 24, His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion, accompanied by Their Graces Bishop Abraham and Bishop Kyrillos, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at St. Marina Coptic Orthodox Church in Irvine. The parish community joyfully received the hierarchs in their first visit since the elevation of Metropolitan Serapion and the consecration of the two auxiliary bishops. As part of the joyful festivities, the Reverend Father Bishoy Kamel was elevated to the priestly rank of Hegumen after serving in – …

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July 14, 2016

July 2016 Clergy Meeting at Holy Annunciation Church

On July 14, 2016, His Eminence Metropolitan, along with the auxiliary bishops, Their Graces Bishop Abraham and Kyrillos, met with the diocesan clergy at Holy Annunciation Coptic Orthodox Church in Inglewood for their regular monthly meeting. The day began with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy followed by an agape meal and a discussion of important administrative issues. Fr. Gregory Bishay delivered an important presentation on the growing topic of Apologetics before the meeting was adjourned with – …

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July 10, 2016

Axios! Elevation of Fr. Bishoy Brownfield to the Rank of Hegumen

On Sunday, July 10, the Feast of St. Cyril the Pillar of the Faith, His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion and His Grace Bishop Kyrillos celebrated the Divine Liturgy for the feast at St. Cyril of Alexandria Coptic Orthodox Church in El Monte where they elevated the parish priest, the Reverend Father Bishoy Mikhail Brownfield, to the priestly dignity of Hegumen. Father Bishoy Mikhail Brownfield served as a Sunday School teacher, youth leader and  deacon at St. Mark Church – …

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June 20, 2016

Photos of the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of Pentecost with the Newly Consecrated Bishops

With great joy, the Diocese received the newly consecrated auxiliary bishops, His Grace Bishop Abraham and His Grace Bishop Kyrillos on the weekend of the Feast of Pentecost 2016. These photos were taken from the celebration of the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, June 19, at St. Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church.

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June 18, 2016

Reception for Newly Consecrated Auxiliary Bishops

On Saturday, June 18, the Diocese will joyfully receive the newly consecrated auxiliary bishops, His Grace Bishop Abraham and His Grace Bishop Kyrillos, alongside our beloved father, His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion, at St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Los Angeles. The reception will begin at 7:30p, God willing. Additionally, the hierarchs will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost together on Sunday, June 19, at St. Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church in Pomona. The service will begin around – …

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