Diocese Events for 2019

Under the patronage of His Grace Bishop Antony, the Church of the Seven Coptic Monks had their annual celebration on Saturday 9th November 2019. His Grace Bishop Antony led the Holy Liturgy, with the presence of our fathers, the priests, monks and the nuns in the Republic of Ireland. After the Liturgy, the congregation assembled with His Grace and the Sunday School children and youth performed in honour of the celebration.

On Thursday the 17th October 2019, His Grace Bishop Antony, the bishop of the Diocese and the Abbot of St Athanasius Monastery in Scarborough accompanied by His Grace Bishop Salib of Meetgamr in Egypt, ordained two novice monks as monks by the names Shenouda St Athanasius and Isaac St Athanasius.

On Saturday 28th September 2019, His Grace Bishop Antony prayed the Holy Liturgy to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the consecration of Archangel Michael and St Bishoy’s church. His Grace was joined by Rev. Fr. Angelos ElAntony, the parish priest of Archangel Michael and St Bishoy’s church, Rev. Fr. Yousif Yassa the general priest, Rev. Fr. Antonious Nageeb, Rev. Fr. Abadeer ElMakary, Rev. Fr. Daoud AvaMina, Rev. Fr. Yagoub Wadie, Rev. Fr. Looka Kamil, Rev. Fr. Kyrillos Asaad and Rev. Fr. Mina Barsoum. The many Coptic congregations from around England also joined us on this joyous day.

Under the patronage of HG Bishop Antony, our church in Scotland organised a conference themed “Be Bold” during the period from 27th-29th September 2019. The guest speaker was father Anthony Murad. The youths spent a blessed, happy time spiritually and socially.

Under the blessings, guidance and patronage of His Grace Bishop Antony, St. Mary and St. Demiana’s church in Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland celebrated 25 years since its consecration by His Holiness Pope Shenouda III. In September 1994, the Church named after the Virgin Mary and St. Demiana (Princess of Martyrs) became the first Coptic Orthodox Church in Ireland and served members from the Coptic community as well as our brothers and sisters in the Syrian, Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox communities. On Saturday the 14th of September, 2019, the Mother church of Ireland celebrated this anniversary in the midst of our beloved Bishop Antony, Fr. Theophilos Ava Mina, Fr. Epiphanious Ava Mina, Fr. Rouies Ava Bishoy, Fr. Boules el Antony, Fr. Kyrillos Hanna, Fr. Angelos el Antony, Fr. Morcos St. Athanasius, Fr. Paul St. Athanasius, M. Philomena St. George, M. Gabriella St. George and members of the church communities from the other churches in Ireland. The day began with the Divine Liturgy and consisted of each Church choir singing hymns, presenting a play, presentations from the youth and a sermon from His Grace on the history of the Coptic community in Ireland - starting with the first Holy Liturgy in Ireland in 1979.

On Tuesday 3rd September 2019, HG Bishop Sourial started his 7 day visit to the diocese, where he was welcomed by HG Bishop Antony, the Bishop of the Diocese. Bishop Sourial first visited St Athanasuis’ Monastery in Scarborough, North East England. He then left to the Republic of Ireland for a six day visit, during which he visited, prayed vespers, liturgies and held spiritual talks at the churches in Dublin, Bray, Cahir and Galway. He also visited St Athanasius’ Monastery in Waterford and St George’s Abbey in Delvin where he prayed vespers, midnight praises and masses. His Grace did not miss out on the tourist attractions of the Republic of Ireland and left on Monday 9th September 2019.

On Thursday 29th August 2019, His grace Bishop Seraphim Bishop of Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana, United States of America visited the diocese. During His Grace’s visit, he had been to St Athanasuis’ Monastery in Scarborough where he prayed the midnight praises and the Holy Liturgy. He then blessed a wedding and prayed a Holy Liturgy at St George and St Athanasius Cathedral in NewCastle with His grace Bishop Antony before he returned to the United States of America.

On Sunday the 4th August 2019, His Grace Bishop Antony prayed the Holy Liturgy at St Mary and St Michael Church in Glasgow, Scotland. His Grace was joined by Father Elisha Ramzi who arrived with his family to serve in the church. After the Liturgy, His Grace and the Church congregation welcomed Fr. Elisha Ramzi and his family.

Under the patronage of His Grace Bishop Antony, St. Marina’s Church in Bristol celebrated the commemoration of the martyrdom of St Marina on Saturday 27th July 2019. His Grace Bishop Antony joined with our fathers the priests prayed the Holy Liturgy followed by the veneration of the relics and then His grace blessed the start of a one day fund raising event.

Under the patronage of His Grace Bishop Antony, the Diocese organised the youth and family conference on “ Church Unity”. The conference was held at Whitemoor Lakes Activity Centre in Litchfield from Friday 19th July to Sunday 21st July 2019, with His Eminence Metropolitan Sarapion of Los Angelos as the guest speaker.

Under the patronage and with the blessing of HG Bishop Antony, the Diocese hosted the youth conference from Friday 21/06 to Sunday 23/06 at the Coptic Cultural Centre in Cahir, Republic of Ireland, with Rev. Fr. Boules George as the guest speaker.

باسم الأب والابن والروح القدس الاله الواحد أمين "وَلاَ يَأْخُذُ أَحَدٌ هذِهِ الْوَظِيفَةَ بِنَفْسِهِ، بَلِ الْمَدْعُوُّ مِنَ اللهِ، كَمَا هَارُونُ أَيْضًا." (عب ٥: ٤) احتفلت إيبارشية ايرلندا واسكتلندا وشمال شرق إنجلترا وتوابعها بالمركز الثقافي القبطي بمدينة كير بايرلندا بتذكار تكريس اول كنيسة علي اسم الشهيد العظيم مارمينا العجائبي وتذكار استلام جسد مامرقس الرسول كاروز الديار المصرية وقد ترأس صلاة القداس الالهي نيافة الحبر الجليل الانبا انتوني اسقف الإبارشية ورئيس دير البابا اثاناسيوس الرسولي للرهبان بإنجلترا ودير مارجرجس للراهبات بايرلندا وفيه تمت سيامة الدكتور منير ايليا ماهر اسحق ككاهن عام بالابارشية باسم القس يوحنا بحضور لفيف من الاباء كهنة الإبارشية والأمهات الراهبات والشباب والشابات المشاركين في مؤتمر الشباب المنعقد في المركز في الفترة ما بين الجمعة ٢١/ ٦ الي ٢٣/ ٦. وقد كان يوماً مبارك ومفرحاً جداً. الف مبروك نيافة الانبا انتوني ومجمع كهنة الإبارشية والف مبروك ابونا يوحنا نعمة الكهنوت.

On Sunday 26th May 2019, His Grace Bishop Antony, the Bishop of the Diocese accompanied by Rev. Fr. Yousif Yassa, visited His Grace Bishop Moussa, General Bishop for the Bishopric of Youth Affairs, at his residence in London. Rev. Fr. Antonious Thabit of St Mark’s Church in London, was attending with a group of St Mark’s congregation in London.

On Thursday 23rd May 2019, His Grace Bishop Antony, the Bishop of the Diocese and the Abbot of St Athanasius’ Monastery in Scarborough welcomed His Grace Bishop Daniel, the Abbot of St. Shenouda the Archimandrite’s Monastery in Sydney, Australia accompanied by Rev. Fr. Antonious ElAntony, at St Athanasius’ Monastery in Scarborough as part of Bishop Daniel’s visit to the Diocese. Bishop Daniel prayed the Tasbeha, Holy liturgies and had a tour around the Monastery. HG stayed until Saturday 25th May 2019.

On Monday 20th May 2019, His Grace Bishop Antony, the Bishop of the Diocese accompanied by Rev. Fr. Angelos ElAntony visited His Eminence Metropolitan Pachomius, Metropolitan of the Holy Metropolis of Beheira (Thmuis and Hermopolis Parva), (Buto), Mariout (Mareotis), Marsa Matruh (Paraetonium), (Apis), Patriarchal Exarch of Libya: (Livis, Marmarica, Darnis and Tripolitania) and the Great and Ancient Metropolis of Pentapolis, at his residence in London.

Under the patronage and with the presence of His Grace Bishop Antony, Bishop of the Diocese of Ireland, Scotland, North East England and Its Affiliated Regions and the Abbot of St Athanasuis’ Monastery in the Republic of Ireland, St.Athanasuis’ Monastery celebrated on Sunday the 19th May 2019, the commemoration of the departure of St. Athanasuis the apostolic, the defender of faith and the 20th Pope of Alexandria. His Grace Bishop Antony prayed the Holy Liturgy at the Monastery with the participation of the priests in the Republic of Ireland and the attendance of the monks, nuns and some of the congregation there. After the Holy Liturgy, His Grace celebrated with the congregation.

Under the patronage and with the presence of His Grace Bishop Antony, Bishop of the Diocese of Ireland, Scotland, North East England and Its Affiliated Regions and the Abbot of St George’s Abbey in the Republic of Ireland, St. George’s Abbey celebrated today 18th May 2019, the first anniversary of the official recognition of the convent as the first Coptic Orthodox Convent in Europe. His Grace Bishop Antony prayed the Holy Liturgy at the Abbey with the participation of the priests in the Republic of Ireland and the attendance of the nuns and some of the congregation there. After the Holy Liturgy, His Grace celebrated with the congregation.

تحت رعاية نيافة الحبر الجليل الانبا انتوني اسقف الإبارشية ورئيس دير البابا اثناسيوس الرسولي باسكاربرو احتفل دير البابا اثناسيوس الرسولي يوم الثلاثاء ١٤ مايو بعشية عيد نياحة البابا اثناسيوس الرسولي حامي الايمان . وقد بارك الاحتفال نيافة الحبر الجليل الانبا انتوني حيث قام نيافته بتطيب رفات البابا اثناسيوس الرسولي وسط حضور وفرحة الاباء والاخوة في الدير وبعض من محبي البابا اثناسيوس بركة شفاعة البابا اثناسيوس الرسولي فلتكن معنا امين.الرسولي حامي الايمان

On Sunday 12th May 2019, His Grace Bishop Antony visited the church of St Mary and St George the prince of martyrs in Plymouth. His Grace prayed the Holy Liturgy with Abouna Sarabamoun, Abouna Yagoub and Abouna Yousif. During the Holy Liturgy Bishop Antony ordained 7 deacons in the Chanter’s rank. After the Holy Liturgy, His grace blessed the congregation.

On the sixth Sunday of the Holy Lent, 14th April 2019, His Grace Bishop Antony, prayed the Holy Liturgy at St. Michael and St. Bishoy Church in Margate. On the same day, His Grace concluded a three day hymns conference which was from the 12th -14th April 2019, which was participated by many children from different churches of the diocese.