Coptic Priest Ordinations – August 7, 2010


Today, August 7, 2010, H.H. Pope Shenouda III with the gathered bishops ordained 2 new priests for the service of our churches in the USA. They are:

1. Fr. Bishoy, formerly known as Mr. Nazeeh Awad of Howell, NJ, to serve the church in Allentown, PA.

2. Fr. Louca, formerly known as Dr. Rafik of Bellville, NJ, to serve the church of St. Mary &  St. Mercurius in Bellville, NJ.May God keep for us the life of our patriarch, bless his church, keep her strong, and bless the service and lives of these new fathers, the shepherds of Christ.

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World Wide Coptic Orthodox Directory of Churches and Clergy


I would like to announce the launch of a new site which is an online worldwide Coptic Orthodox Directory.  It contains listings for Coptic Orthodox Church and Coptic Orthodox Clergy from all over the world.  I pray this site will be useful and fruitful.

Please check it out, submit updated/new information, send us feedback, comments, feature requests, etc…

http://directory.nihov.org

Screen shots below:

World Map of Coptic Churches

Directory of Coptic Orthodox Churches & Clergy- Home Page

Directory of Coptic Orthodox Churches & Clergy- Church Profile

Directory of Coptic Orthodox Churches & Clergy- Clergy Profile

Would you Sponsor David H Bebawy?


Dear Readers and Friends,

l have registered to run in The 2010 “Exercise Your Spirit” 5K Run on June 19th, 2010. Please sponsor my efforts to raise the MOST MONEY for the building of a new church for St. George and St. Shenouda Coptic Orthodox Church in Jersey City, NJ. Please share the following link with anyone who is willing to donate and/or participate, including your friends, family and coworkers.

Link to Sponsor

David H Bebawy

Thank you all for your future donations and support!

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Coptic Ordinations Pentecost 2010


On May 23, 2010, the Feast the Pentecost, H.H. Pope Shenouda III, with the gathered Metropolitans, and Bishops ordained 19 new priests:

  1. Father John, formerly known as Maher Bishara of Jersey City, NJ to serve the Church of St. Anthony in South Jersey, New Jersey, USA
  2. Father Isaac, formerly known as Isaac Soryal of Staten Island/Bayonne to serve the Church of Virgin Mary & St. George in Staten Island, New York, USA
  3. Father David, formerly known as Ramez Milad to serve the Church of Virgin Mary in Maryland, USA
  4. Father Mina to serve Virgin Mary & Archangel Michael Church in London
  5. Father Basilious (Basil) as a General Priest to serve the Church of God.
  6. Father Mina to serve the Coptic Church in Romania.
  7. Father Maximos (Maximus) as a General Priest to serve the Church of God.
  8. Father Armia (Jeremiah) to serve the Church of St. George in Sahel, Cairo, Egypt.
  9. Father Mikhail (Michael) to serve the Church of Virgin Mary & Archangel Michael in El Abaseri, Egypt.
  10. Father Gawargious (George) to serve the Church of Virgin Mary & Archangel Michael in El Abaseri, Egypt.
  11. Father Lukas (Luke) to serve the Church of St. Luke in Masr El Adeema, Egypt.
  12. Father Shenouda to serve the Church of Virgin Mary & St. Abanoub in Manshiet Nasr, Egypt.
  13. Father Arsanios to serve the Church of Virgin Mary & St. Abanoub in Manshiet Nasr, Egypt.
  14. Father Youhanna (John) to serve the Church of Virgin Mary & St. Abanoub in Manshiet Nasr, Egypt.
  15. Father Bola (Paul) to serve the Church of St. Mina in El Abageya, Egypt.
  16. Father Youssef (Joseph) to serve the Church of Virgin Mary & St. Athanasius in El Maadi, Egypt.
  17. Father Estafanous to serve the Church of Virgin Mary in El Maadi, Egypt.
  18. Father Bishoy to serve the Church of Virgin Mary & Abu Sefin in Ezbeet El Nakhl, Egypt.
  19. Father Markos (Mark) to serve the Church of St. Mark in El Eboor, 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 priests, their families, and the congregations of these blessed churches.

Priest Ordinations Video

Pentecost Liturgy Video

Don’t Give Up


Source: Anonymous

One day I decided to quit.

I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality. .. I wanted to quit my life.
I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.
“God”, I asked, “Can you give me one good reason not to quit?”
His answer surprised me…

“Look around”, He said. “Do you see the fern and the bamboo?”
“Yes”, I replied.
“When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them.
I gave them light.
I gave them water.
The fern quickly grew from the earth.
Its brilliant green covered the floor.
Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.

In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful.
And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo. He said.

“In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed.
But I would not quit.
In year four, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. I would
not quit.” He said.

“Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared
to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant. ..But just 6
months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall.
It had spent the five years growing roots. Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive.
I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.”
He asked me. “Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots”.

“I would not quit on the bamboo.
I will never quit on you.”
“Don’t compare yourself to others.”
He said.
“The bamboo had a different Purpose than the fern.
Yet they both make the forest beautiful.”

“Your time will come”, God said to me.
“You will rise high”
“How high should I rise?”
I asked.
“How high will the bamboo rise?” He asked in return.
“As high as it can?” I questioned.

“Yes.” He said, “Give me glory by rising as high as you can.”
I left the forest and brought back this story.
I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you.
Never, Never, Never Give up.
For the Christian Prayer is not an option but an opportunity.

Don’t tell the Lord how big the problem is,
tell the problem how Great the Lord is!

Art in Heaven 2010


On February 6, St. George and St. Shenouda’s Coptic Orthodox Church hosted the Art In Heaven Gallery at the historic Loew’s Theatre in Jersey City. Nearly 185 patrons attended the event, supported by about 30 participating artists. The gallery boasted over 70 pieces of art, from which 51 pieces were sold to the highest bidder via a silent auction. The event raised $10,157.57, which will go directly towards the building of a new church for the congregation. We would like to thank the artists for their contributions, the servants for their tireless efforts, and the attendees for their generous donations. May God give everyone their reward and grant them the heavenly instead of the earthly and the eternal instead of the temporal. May He also complete for us our New Building Project according to His will and plan. Thank you!

Full Album of Pics @ StShenoudaJC.org

The Martyrs of Nag Hammadi


On January 7, 2010, after Christmas Eve liturgy, eight Coptic Orthodox Christians were murdered as they exited the church in Nag Hammadi, Egypt.  Three gunmen opened fire on the parishioners as they were coming out of church; the youngest was only 17. In addition to the deaths of the eight, several others were injured and remain in critical condition. The following day brought more destruction. Numerous homes and businesses were set ablaze leaving many homeless or without a livelihood.

Sadly, this is ONLY the latest round of violence in Egypt against Christians including many incidents of looting, murder, and arson. As reported in the press, these acts, though continuous throughout history, have escalated in the recent years.

May God protect His church and His people.