The vision of this convention
From the earliest days of her existence, the Church of Christ has been concerned that her children should stand firm in the TRUTH of the FAITH which was once and for all delivered to the saints. (Jude 3, 3 John 5:4, 1 Peter 5:12) It is TRUTH that dispels all error and confusion and guides the believer to live a LIFE of FAITH pleasing to God. This true path of FAITH, meticulously preserved by generations past, has been called the straight, right faith – that is the Orthodox Faith. And it is no surprise to any of us that the Orthodox FAITH was paid for by the blood of the martyrs, the erudition of the Fathers and the faithful observance of ordinary people.
In this convention, we hope to gain a deeper understanding of the TRUTHS of our FAITH so that we may live the LIFE of abundance and fullness which God desires for all (John 10:10). It is our goal to harmoniously fuse the TRUTH and FAITH with our daily LIFE in order to witness to our families, friends, and the world. (Matthew 28:19)
Please join us as we delve into certain aspects of the FAITH with our most blessed and God-inspired Bishops who have dedicated their lives to serving the Coptic Orthodox Church. We invite you to come and hear the words of these blessed fathers who will lead us to a deeper understanding of the Coptic Orthodox Faith, in hopes that we are enabled to live the fullness of the FAITH as we journey towards the Kingdom of Heaven.
THIS YEAR (2022) SPEAKERS
H. G. Bishop Raphael
His Grace Bishop Anba Raphael is the General Bishop of Downtown Cairo churches. He obtained his Bachelor of medicine and surgery from Ain Shams School of Medicine in 1982. His Grace joined the Coptic Theological College and graduated in 1986. H.G. Bishop Raphael became a monk in St. Mary’s, the Baramous Monastery in 1990. He was ordained as the General Bishop of Downtown Cairo churches by His Holiness Pope Shenouda III on June 15, 1997, while also assisting His Grace Bishop Moses in serving the Youth Bishopric. During Pope Shenouda III patriarchy, His Grace Anba Raphael was among the committee of Faith, Education and Legislation, the committee of Care & Service, the committee of Rites, and the committee of Bishopric Affairs. His Grace Bishop was the Secretary of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church from 2012-2018. He has many spiritual sermons, exegetical writings (interpretive writings) for the Bible, and many other writings for youth. His Grace Bishop Raphael was the previous Moderator of the Synodical Committee for Faith and Education and is currently the moderator of the Constitutional Faith sub-committee of the Holy Synod.
H. G. Bishop David
His Grace Bishop David graduated from York with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1991. His Grace was ordained a monk in 1995, in St. Bishoy’s Monastery. In November 1999, His Grace was ordained as a General Bishop by H. H. Pope Shenouda III. His Grace was also appointed as the Patriarchal Exarch at the Archdiocese of North America in Cedar Grove, New Jersey and entrusted to oversee the papal residence and non-diocesan Coptic communities throughout North America. In 2010, his Grace has earned a Master’s Degrees, his first in Pastoral Counseling from Fordham University in New York. Then he earned another Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Holy Cross School of Theology in Boston 2013. His Grace has represented the Coptic Orthodox Church in various conferences like the Assembly of the World Council of Churches in South Korea in October 2013. His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, with the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church, consecrated His Grace Bishop David as the first Shepherd and Diocesan Bishop of the newly formed Coptic Orthodox Diocese of New York and New England on November 16-17, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt.
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