About The Coptic Orthodox Church
The Coptic Church was established in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ by St. Mark the Evangelist in the city of Alexandria around 43 A.D. The church adheres to the Nicene Creed. St. Athanasius (296-373 A.D.), the twentieth Pope of the Coptic Church effectively defended the Doctrine of the Lord Jesus Christ's Divinity at the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D.
St. George was born about 280 A.D. to a devout Christian family that was wealthy and of noble origin, in the city of Cappadocia. This was a city of the Eastern Roman Empire, in Asia Minor. He followed the usual career of a young nobleman and joined the Roman army - where his ability and devotion brought him quick accolades and rank. The Emperor heard about him and as a result - made him a tribune or an officer in the Imperial Guard.
His Holiness Pope Shenouda III is the 116th Successor of St. Mark the Evangelist. His Holiness' era is marked by a remarkable growth in the number of Coptic churches abroad. To address the needs of these churches, His Holiness felt the urgency to establish dioceses abroad. Thus the first Coptic Orthodox Diocese to be established in the United States is the Diocese of the Southern United States in 1993. H.H. Pope Shenouda III appointed His Grace Bishop Youssef to oversee this Diocese