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His Grace Bishop Mina was born in 1952 in Cairo, Egypt. He immigrated to Yellowknife, NT, in 1977 then moved to Edmonton, AB and joined the University of Alberta. In 1980, he decided to join the Monastery of Saint Mina (Mariout, Western Desert near Alexandria, Egypt) and in March 1984 he was ordained a monk by the name of Fr. Paphnotius Avva Mina. In 2003 he was ordained a priest. He was called to serve as a priest in Ireland where he served for five and half years and built Saint Mina’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Cahir, Munster, Ireland. He was the last bishop to be ordained by the Thrice-Blessed His Holiness Pope Shenouda III on June 6th, 2009 as a general bishop. In April 2010, he was appointed a general bishop over the churches of Old Cairo, Manyal and Fom El-Khalig in Cairo, Egypt. On March 10th, 2013. he was officially delegated by His Holiness Pope Tawadros II as the Diocesan Bishop of Mississauga, Vancouver and Western Canada. He was enthroned in Mississauga, ON on April 7th, 2013 and in Vancouver, BC on April 13th, 2013.
His Grace Bishop Kyrillos (formerly Fr. John Paul Abdelsayed) is the first American-born bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church. After serving as a consecrated deacon at the Coptic Orthodox Christian Center from 2000-2002, he was ordained as a celibate priest for St. Paul Brotherhood on October 20, 2002.With great joy, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II consecrated him as an auxiliary (general) bishop to serve alongside His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion. He currently oversees Christian education in the Diocese and serves as Dean of the St. Athanasius and St. Cyril Theological School at Claremont University.
Fr. Antony Paul is a celibate priest ordained into the St. Paul Brotherhood. The St. Paul Brotherhood is a communal life modeled after the life of St. Paul the Apostle in which clergy and laymen profess four vows (poverty, chastity, obedience and service). It is a life that combines the communal life of the desert fathers, the service of the parish church, and the evangelism of Orthodox missionaries.
Fr. Joseph Abraham was a physiotherapist before being called to the priesthood and ordained on May 27, 2018 to the altar of St Mary of Egypt Coptic Church in Santa Clarita, California. He also recently completed a master's degree in Theology and Youth Ministry. Receiving his degree further fueled his passion to bring the beauty of the Orthodox faith to the American culture.