"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
His Grace Bishop Youssef
His Grace Bishop Youssef entered the monastic life in 1986 at St. Mary El-Souryan Monastery in the Wilderness of Scetis in Egypt. He was ordained to the priesthood rank in 1988. In 1989 under the auspices of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III of Thrice-Blessed Memory, the 117th Pope of the See of St. Mark, he was appointed a resident priest to serve the Coptic Orthodox congregation of St. Mary's Church in Dallas/Fort Worth. In 1992, His Grace was ordained as General Bishop, and in 1993, His Grace was appointed to oversee the Southern Coptic Orthodox Diocese. In 1995, His Grace was enthroned as the first Bishop in the U.S. for the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States. More info about His Grace >>
His Grace Bishop Basil
His Grace Bishop Basil is Auxiliary Bishop in the diocese, overseeing the Florida and Georgia regions, as well as St. Mary & St. Demiana Convent in Dawsonville, GA.
Reverend Father Hegumen Gerges Gerges
Hegumen Fr. Gerges Gerges was ordained on November 17, 2002, by H.G. Bishop Youssef as presbyter to serve St. Mary & St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Tallahassee, FL. On April 27, 2009, H.G. Bishop Youssef ordained Fr. Gerges to the hegumen rank.
Reverend Father Jerome Maximous
Fr. Jerome Maximous was ordained to the priesthood rank on March 20, 2016, by H.G. Bishop Youssef with the presence of His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion of the Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California, and Hawaii. Fr. Jerome is auxiliary priest in the Southern Coptic Orthodox Diocese, serving the congregation of St. Mary & St. George and the Tallahassee campus ministries at Florida State University and Florida A&M University. Fr. Jerome also oversees the parish of St. Mary Magdalene Coptic Orthodox Church in Gainesville, and he serves the campus ministry of the University of Florida in Gainesville.
If you would like to contact Fr. Jerome, he may be reached by email at frjeromemaximous[at]gmail.com. If you like to meet with Fr. Jerome for general questions or confession, you may book an appointment online.