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Our Diocese



 His Holiness Pope Shenouda III is the 117th 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 His Eminence Metropolitan Youssef Listening to the call of the Lord Jesus Christ, His Grace Bishop Youssef entered the monastic life in 1986 at the El-Souryan Monastery. He was ordained into the priesthood in 1988. Then in 1989, he came to the United States under the auspices of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, the 117th Pope of the Holy See of St. Mark. He was appointed resident priest to serve the Coptic congregation of St. Mary 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 Diocese. In 1995, His Grace was enthroned as the first Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States.

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You may reach the Office of H.E. Metropolitan Youssef by: Telephone at (817) 494 - 6215 Fax at (817) 704 - 2389 E-mail at 

Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern U.S. Territory The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States is composed of the following states:

Alabama           Florida           Mississippi            Tennessee           Arizona           Georgia           New Mexico           Texas            Louisiana           Arkansas            Oklahoma                 

For more information about our diocese, please visit The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States website.


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