Sunday 24 May will see Pope Tawadros II consecrate and seat eight bishops for parishes in Egypt and in the Diaspora. Several of the parishes are newly established, split from existing parishes where the congregations have grown so as to warrant a parish of their own.
Anba Yu’annis will be seated Bishop of Assiut, a-Badari and Sahel Selim, also abbot of the Holy Virgin’s of Assiut’s Western Mountain (Dronka). He succeeds the revered Anba Mikhail who was Bishop of Assiut from 1939 and passed away in November 2014.
Anba Yulius of Old Cairo will be entrusted with the care of the Services Bishopric in place of Anba Yu’annis who has for years held that responsibility.
Father Bishoi al-Meharraqi will be consecrated as Bishop of Wadi Al-Gadid, a new parish that includes the oases of Egypt’s Western Desert, the University of Wadi al-Gadid, and Toshka in the south of Egypt.
The regions of Armant and Esna, which had up till now been part of the parish of Luxor, will be spun into a separate parish over which Father Bakhoum al-Bakhoumi will be consecrated as Bishop-General. Luxor is already under the care of Bishop-General Anba Yousab, in view of the suspension of Luxor Bishop Anba Ammonius.
Father Illarion Ava Mina will be Bishop of East Cairo which will include Almaza and Ezbet al-Hagana, and Father Hermina al-Baramousi Bishop-General of Ain Shams and Matariya which also lie in eastern Cairo.
In the Diaspora, Father Apollo al-Anba Bishoi will be consecrated as Bishop-General of Paris, and Anba Luca will be seated as Bishop of the South of France and Geneva.
East Canada, the area between Kensington and Nova Scotia, will become a separate parish entrusted to the care of Father Clemendos Ava Mina who will be consecrated as Bishop-General. The consecration will be in Cairo next Sunday, but the seating will be at a later date in Canada.
The new parish will be the second in Canada; the first is Mississauga and West Canada, with Anba Mina as Bishop.
22 May 2015