Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

Priest Elevation and Ordination - Atlanta, GA

November 22, 2020

COLLEYVILLE, TX. November 22, 2020 -- On Sunday, November 22,2020, the diocese was blessed with the ordination of Fr. Elisha Soliman for the St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Atlanta, GA as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands" with the presence of H.G. Bishop David, H.G. Bishop Peter, H.G. Bishop Saraphim, H.G. Bishop Basil and H.G. Bishop Gregory. The diocese was also blessed with the elevation of Fr. Eleia Eskander, the priest for St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Atlanta, GA, to Hegumen. These blessed events were attended by some of the Diocese priests, visiting priest and laymen, and the Atlanta community. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Elisha wisdom, love, and peace as he begins his new service and Fr. Eleia wisdom, love and peace as he continues his 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