The 2009 Exercise Your Spirit 5K Run


On June 6, 2009, St. George & St. Shenouda Coptic Orthodox Church of Jersey City, NJ hosted it’s Second Annual “Exercise Your Spirit” 5K Run. The race was held on a beautiful sunny day at Nomahegan Park in Cranford, NJ.

In addition to the many returning participants from last year, runners from all over the tri-state area joined us this year to support their sister church.  We hosted some 110 runners and 220 people at the BBQ.  We were blessed with the attendance of our Reverend Fathers, Fr. David Bebawy and Fr. Anthony Basily, who distributed awards to our fastest male and female runners.

2009 Fastest Runners

Fastest Male Runner – Mena Francis, finishing in 22:30

Fastest Female Runner – Maryann Sous

Also this year, we witnessed the Lord’s hand working as the money raised nearly doubled over night. The 5K Run raised $44,759.05!  Five times the income of last year’s event!  With this in mind, we especially recognize and thank the great efforts of the top three fundraisers:

2009 Highest Fundraiser

1. Nasheds (Mark Thomas Daniel) – $6,058.00

2. Safwat Shaker – $4,285.00

3. Ralph Toss – $4,265.00

Many thanks to all those who planned, worked, and labored for this event to be such a GREAT success!  A special thanks to our priests for their support and mentorship.

2009 5K Run Photo Album

Start of the 2009 5K Run Video

2009 Runners Awards Presentation Video

2009 Highest Fundraiser Award Video

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Coptic Ordinations Pentecost 2009


On June 7, 2009, the Feast the Pentecost, H.H. Pope Shenouda III, the gathered Metropolitans, and Bishops ordained many bishops and priests.

They enthroned 2 existing bishops for dioceses as follows:

H.G. Bishop Timothaeus (Timothy), on the Diocese of El ZaaZeh, Egypt

H.G. Bishop Abakir, on the Diocese of Sweden and all Scandinavia

They also ordained 7 new bishops as follows:

H.G. Bishop Michael, on the Diocese of Virginia, United States

H.G. Bishop Daniel, on the Monastery of St. Shenouda, Australia

H.G. Bishop Theodosius, a General Bishop in the Diocese of El Giza, Egypt

H.G. Bishop Salib, a General Bishop in the Diocese of Meet Gamr, Egypt

H.G. Bishop Marcorios. on the Diocese of Girga, Egypt

H.G. Bishop Botros (Peter), on the Diocese of Shebeen El Anater, Egypt

H.G. Bishop Mina, a General Bishop

While ordaining the bishops,  As he places the bishops crown on every new bishop, H.H. breathes onto their faces and recites, “…  He said to them, As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.  And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (John 20:21-23)

They also ordained 37 new priests:

  1. Father Daniel to serve Virgin Mary & St. Abraam’s Church in Ajax, Canada
  2. Father Antonios, known as Nader Salib of East Brunswick, NJ to serve Virgin Mary & St. Kerolos’s Church in Pennsylvania, USA
  3. Father John, formerly known as John Rizkalla of East Brunswick, NJ to serve Virgin Mary & St. Athanasius’ Church – Raritan, New Jersey, USA
  4. Father Bishoy, known as Bishoy Lamie Mikhail to serve St. Antonios & St. Mina’s Church in East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA
  5. Father Mina, known as Mina Attwa to serve St. Mark’s Church in Nairobi, Kenya
  6. Father Steven to serve St. Moses the Black’s Church in Lusaka, Zambia
  7. Father Antony to serve St. Antonios’s Church in Lambo, Congo
  8. Father Kerolos (Cyril) to serve St. Mark’s Church in Shoubra, Cairo, Egypt
  9. Father Antonios (Anthony) to serve St. Mark’s Church in Shoubra, Cairo, Egypt
  10. Father Mikhail (Michael) to serve St. Mark’s Church in Shoubra, Cairo, Egypt
  11. Father Martiros to serve St. George’s Church in El Bortoeya, Egypt
  12. Father Kerolos (Cyril) to serve St. George’s Church in El Bortoeya, Egypt
  13. Father Mina to serve St. George’s Church in El Bortoeya, Egypt
  14. Father Agnatios (Ignatius) to serve Vrigin Mary’s Church in Haret Zooela, Egypt
  15. Father Polycarpos to serve Virgin Mary’s Church in Garden City, Egypt
  16. Father Yostos to serve St. Mark’s Church in Cleopatra, Cairo, Egypt
  17. Father Antonios (Anthony) to serve St. Mark’s Church in Cleopatra, Cairo, Egypt
  18. Father Mina to serve St. Mark’s Church in Cleopatra, Cairo, Egypt
  19. Father Yousef (Joseph) to serve Virgin Mary’s Church in Ard El Golf, Egypt
  20. Father Youhanna (John) to serve Virgin Mary’s Church in El Sherooh, Cairo, Egypt
  21. Father Angelos to serve Virgin Mary & St. Shenouda’s Church in Ard El Berka, Egypt
  22. Father Gabrial (Gabriel) to serve Virgin Mary’s Church in El Uptamia, Cairo, Egypt
  23. Father Rafael to serve Virgin Mary’s Church in Deriaz, Cairo, Egypt
  24. Father Ibraam (Abraham) to serve Virgin Mary’s Church in Deriaz, Cairo, Egypt
  25. Father Shenouda to serve Virgin Mary’s Church in Deriaz, Cairo, Egypt
  26. Father Moussa (Moses) to serve Virgin Mary’s Church in Ezbet El Nakhl, Cairo, Egypt
  27. Father Andrwais (Andrew) to serve Virgin Mary’s Church in Ezbet El Nakhl, Cairo, Egypt
  28. Father Philopateer to serve Virgin Mary’s Church in Ezbet El Nakhl, Cairo, Egypt
  29. Father Mina to serve St. George’s Church in Sawael, Luxor, Egypt
  30. Father Ibraam (Abraham) to serve St. George’s Church in Sawael, Luxor, Egypt
  31. Father Philopateer to serve Archangel Michael’s Church and Monastery in Kamoola, Luxor, Egypt
  32. Father Moussa (Moses) to serve Archangel Michael’s Church and Monastery in Kamoola, Luxor, Egypt
  33. Father Elia (Elijah) to serve St. Pachomios’s Church in Luxor, Egypt
  34. Father Hedra to serve St. George’s Church in Armant, Egypt
  35. Father Boules to serve Sinai, Egypt
  36. Father Bishoy to serve St. Doolagi’s Church in Isna, Egypt
  37. Father Gerges (George) to serve Virgin Mary’s Church in Mahat El Fatekat, Egypt

They also elevated 2 priests to the rank of Hegomen:

1. Father Youhanna to serve St. Mark’s Church in Cleopatra, Cairo, Egypt

2. Father Antonios to serve Virgin Mary & John the Beloved’s Church in El ZaaZeh, Egypt

May the Lord continue to bless His Church and increase her service. We congratulate His Holiness Pope Shenouda III on the ordinations of these new servants of Christ. We also congratulate the newly ordained fathers the bishops, hegomens, priests, their families, and the congregations of these blessed churches.

Bishop Ordinations Video

Priest & Hegomen Ordinations Video