Father Athanasius Shoukry Ragheb was born on September 14, 1949.
He earned a Pharmaceutical Bachelor of Science Degree in 1973. He came to California in 1981 and worked as a pharmacist until 1993.
He was a Youth Leader and Sunday School Teacher at Archangel Michael in Santa Ana From 1989-1993. He was ordained Presbyter by His Holiness Pope Shenouda III on November 14, 1993. He served at Archangel Michael Church in Santa Ana from 1993 until 2015 when he was assigned to the newly established St. Pope Kerollos VI Church in Westminster.
On Sunday, October 18, 2015, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II elevated him to the priestly dignity of hegumen during his first pastoral visit to the Diocese.