September 1, 2003
CEDAR GROVE, NJ (USA)--On his day of departure from his trip to the United
States, H.H. Pope Shenouda III elevated several Coptic priests to the rank of
Hegumen. The ordination was held in the Archdiocese of North America at Cedar
Grove, NJ at 8:30 am during the Divine Liturgy. Also blessing the ordination
were H.G. Bishop Anthony of Ireland, Scotland and North-East England and H.G.
Bishop David, General Bishop of the Archdiocese of North America.
Those elevated to the rank of hegumen were:
Fr. Rafail Guirguis (Cherry Hill, New Jersey),
Fr. Takla Azmy (Seattle, Washington),
Fr. Bishoy Mikhail (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania),
Fr. Arsanius Ragheb (Charlotte, North Carolina),
Fr. Roweis Morcos (Greenville, South Carolina),
Fr. Sarabamone Zaki (Englewood, Colorado),
Fr. Abraam Sleman (Jersey City, New Jersey).
(Picture Left to Right, Clockwise. Fr. Arsanius Ragheb, H.G. Bishop Anthony, H.G. Bishop David, H.H. Pope Shenouda III, Fr. Sarabamone Zaki, Fr. Rafail Guirguis, Fr. Takla Azmy, Fr. Markos Ayoub, Fr. Abraam Sleman, Fr. Roweis Morcos, Fr. Bishoy Mikhail.)
Among the ordained was Fr. Abraam Sleman, priest of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Saint Mark, the first Coptic Church in America. Heg. Abraam Sleman is credited to be one of the first Coptic priests to stress the importance of the use of the internet as a medium to reach Copts. With the advent of the internet, he created one of the first Coptic online publications, "Voice of the Bible", which was later expanded to be www.SaintMark.com and has now evolved into www.CopticChurch.net, one of the largest Coptic resources on the internet.
Heg. Abraam Sleman was ordained a priest on June 18th, 1989 by H.H. Pope Shenouda III during the Feast of Pentecost to the church of St. Mary, Ard El-Golf. On September 3rd, 1993, he was chosen by Pope Shenouda to serve in the Coptic Church of Saint Mark in Englewood, CO (USA). Then on January 5, 1995, after the passing away of Heg. Gabriel Abdelsayed, Pope Shenouda appointed him to serve at the Coptic Church of Saint Mark in Jersey, NJ. Heg. Abraam currently serves at Saint Mark's along with Fr. Markos Ayoub.
On behalf of Fr. Markos Ayoub, the board of deacons, deacons, and servants of Saint Mark's, we wish to thank H.H. Pope Shenouda III and pray that the Lord continually bless the service of Heg. Abraam Sleman for years and years to come.