Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

Priest Ordination - Wesley Chapel, FL

February 14, 2021

COLLEYVILLE, TX. February 14, 2021 -- On Sunday, February 14, 2021 the diocese was blessed with the ordination of Fr. Teji Eskander for the St. Reweis Coptic Orthodox Church in Wesley Chapel, FL as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands" with the presence of H.G. Bishop Peter, H.G. Bishop Basil and H.G. Bishop Gregory. This blessed event was attended by some of the Diocese priests and the Tampa community. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Teji 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