Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

Knoxville, TN - Priest Ordination

February 19, 2017

COLLEYVILLE, TX. February 19, 2017 -- On Sunday, February 19, 2017, the diocese was blessed with an ordination of Fr. Hedra Faltaous for the St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Knoxville as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands". This blessed event was attended by some of the Diocese priests, some of the Houston community, some of the Chattanooga community, and the Knoxville community. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Hedra 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