Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

Priest Ordination - Delray Beach, FL

July 23, 2017

COLLEYVILLE, TX. July 23, 2017 -- On Sunday, July 23, 2017, the diocese was blessed with the ordination of Fr. Suriel Costandi for the St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Delray Beach, FL as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands" with the presence of H.E. Metropolitan Serapion and H.G. Bishop Peter. This blessed event was attended by some of the Diocese priests, visiting fathers and lay people, and the Delray Beach community. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Suriel wisdom, love, and peace as he begins his new service.

"The work of the priesthood is done on earth, but it is ranked among heavenly ordinances. And this is only right, for no man, no angel, no archangel, no other created power, but the Paraclete Himself ordained this succession, and persuaded men, while still remaining in the flesh to represent the ministry of angels."
- St. John Chrysostom, On the Priesthood