St. Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church
When St. Mark came to Egypt, he brought wiith him the treasured faith of our Lord Jesus Christ and the glorious news of His Resurrection. He was eventually martyred, but not before ordaining bishops and deacons, and converting huge swathes of the population. Jumping forward in time, we are still practicing those same traditions and believing in those same words that He gave to St. Mark, who gave it to us. That's not to say that only Egyptians are part of the Church. Following St. Mark's example and the Lord's words (Matthew 28:16-20), we learned the importance of evangelism. No matter your country of birth, you are welcome at St. Mary's. To say that we're Orthodox does not mean that we are Jewish. Instead, "Orthodox" is originally a Greek word meaning "straight knowledge" or "true belief." It is this that we hold onto, a confidence confirmed by two thousand years of history and bloodshed of martyrs.
We are a Coptic Orthodox community spread out over southwestern Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, meeting every Saturday for Vespers and Sunday for the Divine Liturgy. We began our journey in 1985, yet we still hope to grow in love and fellowship, and continually seek after the Kingdom of Heaven. We'd love to get to know you.
Fr. Bishoy Mikhail was born in Egypt, where he felt the Lord's calling, even from a young age. Initially serving as a consecrated deacon, Father Bishoy was ordained a priest and came to Pittsburgh in 1987. We have been deeply blessed by his guidance and deep spirituality.
Fr. Daniel Nakhla was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1977. He graduated from Alexandria University School of Medicine in 2001 and studied at the Coptic Seminary in Alexandria. He then moved to the United States with his family in 2009. Through prayers and intercessions, God chose Father Daniel Nakhla to be ordained a priest at St. Mary's in Pittsburgh by the hand of H.G. Bishop Karas on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 to serve His people alongside Father Bishoy Mikhael.