Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

Priest Ordination - Dawsonville, Georgia

February 22, 2018

COLLEYVILLE, TX. February 22, 2018 -- On Thursday, February 22, 2018, the diocese was blessed with the ordination of Fr. Zakaria Bakheet for the St. Mary & St. Demiana Coptic Orthodox Convent in Dawsonville, GA as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands" with the presence of H.G. Bishop Cherubim, H.G. Bishop David, H.G. Bishop Peter, and H.G. Seraphim. This blessed event was attended by some of the Diocese priests and visiting lay people. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Zakaria 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