Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

Priest Ordination – Phoenix, AZ

March 18, 2018

COLLEYVILLE, TX. March 18, 2018 -- On Sunday, March 18, 2018, the diocese was blessed with the ordination of Fr. Arseny Aziz for the Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in Phoenix, AZ as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands" with the presence of Metropolitan Serapion and H.G. Bishop Seraphim. This blessed event was attended by some of the Diocese priests, visiting priests, visiting laymen, and the Phoenix community. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Arseny 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