Under the patronage and with the presence of His Grace Bishop Antony, the diocese had the blessing of His Grace Bishop Bernaba of Rome addressing youth and families on “The Active faith”, in a three days faith and doctrine conference. The conference was held at the Coptic Cultural Centre in Ireland from Friday 14th December - Sunday 16th December 2018.
His Grace Bishop Antony, Bishop of Ireland, Scotland, North East England and Its Affiliated Regions prayed the Holy Liturgy today the 29th Hathor 1735 of the Martyrs, 8th December 2018 at St. Augustine Church in Guildford, celebrating the commemoration of the three major feasts of our Lord Jesus Christ: the Annunciation, the Nativity and the Resurrection. In a joyful atmosphere and with the attendance of the church’s happy congregation, joined by our fathers, Fr. Antonious, Fr.Isaac, Fr. Abadeer, Fr. Kyrillos and Fr. Yousif, His Grace ordained Dr. Albert Attalla to the rank of Deacon, with the name Peter. Congratulations to Bishop Antony, Deacon Peter and the whole of Guildford’s church congregation.
Under the patronage and through the prayers of His Grace Bishop Antony, the diocese organised the Youth Apologetics Conference. This was from Friday 21st September 2018 until Sunday 23rd September 2018, at the Coptic Orthodox Centre in Cahir, Republic of Ireland, with the presence of the guest speaker Apologist George Bassilios. The conference was very successful and benefited a great number of youth who attended from different regions from across the Republic of Ireland and the UK.
On the 9th August 2018, Bishop Antony accompanied by His Grace Bishop Abakir of the Scandinavian Countries and His Grace Bishop Karas of Pennsylvania and Its Affiliated Regions, ordained a monk by the name Karas St Athanasius at St Athanasius Monastery in Scarborough. A number of the diocese’s priests and the Monastery’s monks attended the blessed, joyful ordination together with the nuns, of St George’s Abbey in Ireland.
Under the patronage and with the presence of His Grace Bishop Antony, the Diocese of Ireland, Scotland, NE England and Its Affiliated Regions organised a family and youth conference with the title of, “Redeeming the time”and with Rev. Fr. Daoud Lamie as the guest speaker. This was from 20th to 22nd July 2018.
His Grace Bishop Antony attended the youth conference in Sweden from Wednesday 27/06/2018 to Saturday 30/06/2018, accompanied by M. Gaberialla and M. Philomena from St. George Abbey in Ireland. M. Gabriella and M. Philomena had the opportunity to deliver an amazing talk about the girl’s monastic life in a spiritual, educational and interesting way. Their Grace Bishop Abakeer of the Scandinavian countries, Bishop Karas of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia, Bishop Arsany of the Netherlands, Bishop Angelos of London, attended the conference and were greatly impressed by the mothers’ service.
On Saturday 9th June 2018, His Grace Bishop Antony blessed St. George's Convent in Ireland, with his presence and prayed the Divine Liturgy. After the Holy Liturgy, His Grace recounted the history of the convent's establishment to the day it was officially recognised by the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church on the 18th May 2018. In honour of this occasion, the official recognition of the convent as the first Coptic Orthodox Convent in Europe, there was a big celebration. A great number of priests, monks and the congregation participated in the Liturgy and the celebrations. We deeply congratulate His Grace Bishop Antony, the Abbot of the convent and would also like to congratulate the whole diocese and the convent of nuns.
On Tuesday 1st May 2018, St George’s Abbey in Delvin at the Republic of Ireland, celebrated the feast of martyrdom of St. George the prince of martyrs and the patron saint of the Abbey. The celebrations started with the Holy Liturgy lead by His Grace Bishop Antony, the Abbot of the Abbey, with the presence of M. Gabriella and M. Philomena and some of the priests.
On Sunday 25th March 2018, His Grace Bishop Antony prayed the Holy Liturgy in St. Athanasius the Apostolic Church in Norwich. After the Liturgy, His Grace Bishop Antony laid the foundation stone for the new church with the presence of Fr. Shishoy ElAntony, the parish priest and supervisor of the building of the new church, Fr. Yousif Yassa, the general priest of the diocese, Fr. Samuel and the overjoyed congregation of the church.