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Copts, many of whom are adherents of the Coptic Orthodox Church, have begun migrating to the United States of America as early as the late 1940s. After 1952, the rate of Coptic immigration from Egypt to the United States increased. The first Coptic church in the United States, St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church, was established in the late 1960s in Jersey City. There are many Coptic Orthodox churches and congregations in the United States. Estimated numbers of adherents, based on church membership, was between 350,000 and 420,000. Based on the estimates of certain Coptic organizations, the number was between 700,000 and one million in 2002. Currently, there are over 200 parishes in the United States that serve the expanding Coptic Orthodox population. The Church does have a large population when compared to other smaller Christian bodies, yet is one of the least known Christian Churches and the least known of large Orthodox bodies.

Bishops and Dioceses

There are twelve Coptic Orthodox Metropolitans/Bishops serving in the United States as of June 2020: *Serapion (b. 1951), Metropolitan of the Holy Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California & Hawaii & Abbot of the Monastery of St. Anthony in California (1995). *Youssef, Bishop of the Southern Diocese & Abbot of the Monastery of Most Holy Virgin Mary & Saint Moses the Strong in Corpus Christi, Texas. *David, Bishop of the Holy Diocese of New York and New England. *Michael, Suffragan Bishop of the Holy Suffragan Diocese of Alexandria and all Virginia, United States, assistant to the Pope. *Karas, Bishop of the Holy Diocese of Pennsylvania And Affiliated Regions *Peter, Bishop of the Holy Diocese of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Kentucky *Saraphim, Bishop of the Holy Diocese of Ohio, Michigan and Indiana *Kyrillos, General Bishop & assistant to HE Metropolitan Serapion in the Holy Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California, & Hawaii. *Abraham, General Bishop & assistant to HE Metropolitan Serapion in the Holy Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California, & Hawaii. *Suriel, Former Bishop of the Diocese of Melbourne, currently serving as auxiliary to HE Metropolitan Serapion in the Holy Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California, & Hawaii. *Basil, General Bishop in Florida & assistant to HG Bishop Youssef in the Holy Diocese of the Southern United States. *Gregory, General Bishop in Texas & assistant to HG Bishop Youssef in the Holy Diocese of the Southern United States. For the Eritrean Orthodox Church congregation, Macarius, Bishop of the Eritrean Church in the USA. Member of the Eritrean Holy Synod.

Extended Service Areas

The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria has Churches and congregations in the following regions

Archdiocese of North America

Before the establishment of any dioceses in the US and Canada, all churches were part of the Archdiocese of North America under the direct care of the Patriarchate of Alexandria, led by the Pope of Alexandria, with the headquarters at Cedar Grove, New Jersey. Throughout the years, the archdiocese was served by papal exarchs or vicars, representing the Pope, some of which were: * Bishop David as General Bishop for New Jersey and an enthroned bishop for New York and New England. * Heg. Fr. Saraphim El-Souriani as a monk-hegumen who was then ordained and enthroned to be the Bishop of the Diocese of Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana * Bishop Karas as a General Bishop who was then enthroned to be the Bishop of Pennsylvania And Affiliated Regions * Bishop Angelos as a General Bishop who is currently the General Bishop for the Churches of Northern Shoubra, Cairo *Bishop Michael as a General Bishop for the Churches established by His Grace in Virginia All churches that are not under the jurisdiction of an established diocese are part of the Archdiocese. As of November 11, 2017, these following areas are part of the Archdiocese: * Archdiocese of North America - New Jersey * Archdiocese of North America - Chicago & Midwest (Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska) * Archdiocese of North America - Virginia * Archdiocese of Northern California and Western US * Archdiocese of Central Canada

Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California and Hawaii

The Diocese was established by the enthronement of Metropolitan Serapion (a General Bishop at the time) by the hands of Pope Shenouda III in November 1995. This Diocese is served by one metropolitan and three general/auxiliary bishops: * Metropolitan Serapion who is the first Metropolitan of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California and Hawaii. * Bishop Kyrillos, General Bishop of Education in the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California and Hawaii. * Bishop Abraham, General Bishop of the Diakonia Ministry (Social Services) in the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California and Hawaii *Suriel, Former Bishop of the Diocese of Melbourne, currently serving as auxiliary to HE Metropolitan Serapion in the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California and Hawaii. The Diocese has around 41 churches, a theological school (seminary) and a charity organization called Saint Verena Charity, named after the Coptic Saint Verena). The Diocese has 17 Hegumen and 40 Presbyters. The Diocese of Los Angeles is based at 3803 W. Mission Blvd. Pomona, California 91766 USA. Also located in California is the Coptic Orthodox Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in Barstow and the St. Paul Brotherhood in Murrieta. Both monasteries are under the jurisdiction of Metropolitan Serapion.

Diocese of the Southern United States

The Diocese was established by the enthronement of Bishop Youssef by the hands of Pope Shenouda III in November 1995. Bishop Youssef (Joseph) is the Bishop of the Diocese of Southern United States and also is the Abbot of the Monastery of Most Holy Virgin Mary & Saint Moses the Strong in Corpus Christi, Texas. As of January 2021, there were 60 Churches and 39 Communities in this diocese along with a convent in Dawsonville, Georgia; several educational programs and institutions, St Stephen Christian Retreat and Conference Center in Titusville, St Clement Coptic Orthodox Christian Academy in Nashville, Triumphant Christian Retreat (TCR) Addiction Rehabilitation Center in Brooksville, FL. The diocese is headquartered in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex suburb of Colleyville, Texas.In November 2018, Pope Tawadros II ordained two auxiliary bishops to serve alongside H.G. Bishop Youssef. *H.G. Bishop Basil, General Bishop for the state of Florida, USA. *H.G. Bishop Gregory, General Bishop for the states of Arizona and Texas, USA. The territories covered under this diocese are in the following states: *Alabama *Arizona *Arkansas *Florida *Georgia *Louisiana *Mississippi *New Mexico *Oklahoma *Tennessee *Texas

Diocese of New York and New England

The Diocese was established by the enthronement of Bishop David by the hands of Pope Tawadros II in November 25, 2013. Bishop David is the Bishop of the Diocese of New York and New England. As of March, 2017 the Diocese serves about 33 churches and has 19 Hegumen and 31 Presbyters. The territories covered under this diocese are in the following states: *Connecticut *Maine *Massachusetts *New York *New Hampshire *Rhode Island *Vermont The diocese has formally established a Monastery in The Boston Region, under the name of Virgin Mary & Pope Kyrillos VI in Charlton, Massachusetts. This is the first monastery to be established in the Diocese, and the third in North America. It is also the first monastery in the Coptic Orthodox Church to be named after Saint Pope Kyrillos VI.


Diocese of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Kentucky


The Diocese was established by the enthronement of Bishop Peter by the hands of Pope Tawadros II on June 11, 2016. Bishop Peter is the Bishop of the Holy Diocese of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Kentucky. This diocese currently serves approximately 12 churches and has 8 Presbyters. The diocese is headquartered in St. Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church of Raleigh, NC. The territories covered in this diocese are in the following states: * South Carolina * North Carolina * Kentucky 275px|St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Norristown, Pennsylvania (serving Philadelphia).


Diocese of Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana


The Diocese was established by the enthronement of Bishop Saraphim by the hands of Pope Tawadros II on November 11, 2017. Bishop Saraphim is the Bishop of the Diocese of Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. There are currently 11 churches in the diocese area, several Coptic communities, as well as St. Mary and St John the Beloved convent in Warren, Ohio. The number of churches by state in this Diocese is below: * Ohio (5) * Michigan (5) * Indiana (1)


Diocese of Pennsylvania And Affiliated Regions


The Diocese was established by the enthronement of Bishop Karas by the hands of Pope Tawadros II on November 11, 2017. Bishop Karas is the Bishop of the Diocese of Pennsylvania And Affiliated Regions to currently include the states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and West Virginia. There are currently 17 churches in the diocese area, several Coptic establishments, as well as St John the Beloved Coptic Orthodox Monastery in Canadensis, Pennsylvania. The number of churches by state in this Diocese is below: * Pennsylvania (12) * Delaware (1) * Maryland (3) * West Virginia (1)

See also

*Copts *Coptic American *Copts in Canada *Coptic diaspora *Coptic (disambiguation) *Coptic Orthodox Church *Coptic Orthodox Church in North America **List of Coptic Orthodox Churches in the United States ***St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church (Jersey City, New Jersey) ***St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church (Los Angeles) ***St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church (Denver, Colorado) ***St. George Coptic Orthodox Church (Brooklyn) ***St. Abraam Coptic Orthodox Church (Woodbury, New York) *List of Coptic Orthodox Popes of Alexandria *Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria *Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria *The Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church *Oriental Orthodoxy *British Orthodox Church *Coptic Orthodox Church in Australia *Coptic Orthodox Church in Canada *Coptic Orthodox Church in Europe *Coptic Orthodox Church in South America *The French Coptic Orthodox Church *Oriental Orthodoxy in North America

External links


Coptic Orthodox Church Listings & StatisticsCoptic Orthodox Church Directory — Updated Directory of Churches in the United StatesAnother Coptic Orthodox Church DirectoryCoptic Orthodox Archdiocese of North AmericaCoptic Organizations & LinksA video of a miracle in the Coptic Orthodox Church of St. George, BrooklynCoptic Orthodox Church of St. George (Brooklyn)Coptic Orthodox Church of St. Mark, the first Coptic Church in the United StatesCoptic Orthodox Diocese of Los AngelesCoptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United StatesCoptic Orthodox Diocese of DamiettaCoptic Orthodox Diocese of Port Said


References

Saad Michael Saad, “The Contemporary Life of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United States,” ''Studies in World Christianity'', Volume 16, pp. 207–225, December 2010. Edinburgh University Press, in hard copy and online PDF: * http://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/swc.2010.0101 {{DEFAULTSORT:Coptic Orthodox Church In The United States Category:Oriental Orthodoxy in the United States Category:Members of the National Council of Churches