Father Antonious Shenouda

Father Antonious was born 23rd April 1938 in Alexandria, Egypt. He served as a Sunday school teacher at St Mary Church (Meharam Bek, Alexandria) as well as serving the local youth in different areas and set up a Sunday School service in areas of Alexandria that did not have Church buildings which later became all active Churches.

On the 21st January 1973, he was ordained priest at St Mark Cathedral in Alexandria, serving the congregation of the Church. Pope Shenouda III appointed him as his secretary in Alexandria. On his inauguration as a Hegumen in 1975, the late Pope Shenouda appointed him a papal representative (Vicar) in Alexandria, having a seat in the Holy Synod and being responsible for the Priests and Churches of Alexandria. He worked tirelessly for the benefit of the service and the welfare of the congregation.

In August 1980, Fr Antonious started to serve in St Mark Church, London. He established a vibrant far-reaching service. He sowed the seeds for new Churches all over the United Kingdom, travelling to the Midlands, the North, the South, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Furthermore, he established congregations in many regions of Europe, mainly, Denmark, Switzerland, Greece and South of France. All these are now vibrant Coptic communities and Churches in their own right.

More recently, alongside, his colleagues in the Priesthood, he has been instrumental in the development and evolution of the service in London. Archbishop Angaelos recently appointed him as the Diocese Vicar, working with his eminence to serve the Coptic community in the newly formed Diocese of London.

Father Serapion Ibrahim

Father Serapion Ibrahim was born 1955 in Alexandria where he spent his childhood and youth years. He graduated from faculty of Science – speciality Mathematics where he used his skills to teach in faculty of Engineering. Before his ordination as a priest in 1995, he was very involved in apologetics; it was a topic that he enjoyed studying and discussing with others. He graduated from the Clerical College in 1983 where he shared his studies with the later Pope Tawadros. He started preparing for his degrees in Greek and Hebrew languages which he found quite useful for his deep studies and researches into the Bible. In 1985, he was assigned as an spiritual supervisor to the Clerical College of Alexandria and he was assigned as deputy in 1995 where he continued teaching various topics to the students.

Fr. Serapion has passion for Dogmatic Theology as well as rituals and how are they deeply rooted within the Bible where he has many studies. He wrote many books in various topics such as Studies in the parables of Christ, Geography of The Holy Bible and proofs of Biblical facts, Holy liturgy and Holy Bible and others.

He moved to London in 2009 where he started serving at St. Mark’s church. He has been assigned by Archbishop Angaelos to lead the Primary School service across the whole diocese.

Father Serapion Ibrahim

Father Serapion Ibrahim was born 1955 in Alexandria where he spent his childhood and youth years. Before his ordination as a priest in 1995, he was very involved in apologetics; it was a topic that he enjoyed studying and discussing with others. He graduated from the Clerical College in 1983 where he shared his studies with Pope Tawadros. He started preparing for his degrees in Greek and Hebrew languages which he found quite useful for his deep studies and researches into the Bible. In 1985, he was assigned as an overseer to the Clerical College of Alexandria and he was assigned as deputy in 1995.

Fr. Serapion has passion for Dogmatic Theology as well as rituals and how are they deeply rooted within the Bible where he has many studies. He wrote many books in various topics such as tradition, the church’s sacraments and the symbols/numbers in the Bible.

He moved to London in 2009 where he started serving at St. Mark’s church. He has been assigned by Archbishop Angaelos to lead the Primary School service across the whole diocese.

Father Thomas Ghobrial

Fr. Thomas Ghobrial, born on 2nd March 1959, was ordained on 15th of June 1997 in Cairo, Egypt and has served at St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church in London since September 2002. He’s a father to anyone in the Body who needs him.

He loves sunrises and being treated to a mille feuille cake every now and again. But his greatest passion has always been to make the love of Christ as accessible as possible to the youth, through the Orthodox faith.

He’s known for many things, from his infamous laugh to his love for liturgical worship – but two words that his congregation will always associate with him are, kindness and gentleness.

Fr. Thomas always knows how to communicate the message you need to hear in the kindest and gentlest way. If he’s your father of confession, you can rest assured that you’ll learn the depth of the love of the Father.

Fr. Thomas is leading the youth services in St. Mark’s.

Father Antony Aziz

On the 12th of July 2020 as the Church celebrated the feast of our fathers the Apostles, St Mark church also celebrated the ordination of Fr. Antony Aziz a priest on the altar of St Mark Coptic church by the hand of Archbishop Angaelos in a joyful liturgy prayed at St George cathedral in Stevenage.