Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

Priest Ordination - Houston, TX

September 5, 2021

COLLEYVILLE, TX. September 5, 2021 -- On Sunday, September 5, 2021 the diocese was blessed with the ordination of Fr. Tobia Manoli for the Archangel Raphael Coptic Orthodox Church in Houston, TX as H.G. Bishop Youssef performed the "laying of the hands" with the presence of H.G. Bishop Basil and H.G. Bishop Gregory. This blessed event was attended by some of the Diocese and visiting priests and the Houston community. We pray that the Lord will grant Fr. Tobia 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