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. It is one of over 200 Coptic Orthodox Churches in the United States.


St. Mark's Church was first founded from the late 1960s, although the actual date of incorporation was 1970.Church
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, in addition to those who emigrate seeking educational and financial opportunities. Currently, there are more than 30,000 Copts in Jersey City alone.


Coptic Orthodox Christians, who adhere to an ancient Christian faith rooted in Egypt in the first century, have established a presence throughout New Jersey over the last several decades. Being the first Coptic Orthodox Church in the United States, St. Mark’s in Jersey City was founded by early Egyptian immigrants, and the congregations have since grown in allowing 15 other parishes in New Jersey alone. The year 1977 marked the first pastoral visit by Pope Shenouda III to the US and Canada, including St. Mark's Church in Jersey City. Ten years later, in January 1987, the church building was newly refitted and consecrated.


St. Mark Church had several priests over the decades, including one who died in the early 1990s. The first liturgy was celebrated in St. Mark's Church on March 22, 1970 by the late Fr. Rafael Younan who was a resident priest in Montreal since 1968. There are currently three priests that serve St. Mark's Church. Fr. Abraam Sleman was ordained as a priest on June 18, 1989 by Pope Shenouda III to serve at St. Mary Church (Ard Elgolf). Then, on September 3, 1993, Pope Shenouda chose to have him serve St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Englewood, Colorado. Rev. Gabriel Abdelsayed, who was the archpriest of St. Mark's, died in 1993. Pope Shenouda decided to replace the deceased priest with Fr. Abraam Sleman on January 5, 1995.


Fr. Abraam served St. Mark Church for several years up to this point. By the time Pope Shenouda III recently elevated Fr. Abraam to the rank of Archpriest (Hegomen) on September 1, 2003,Fr. Abraam Sleman to Hegumen
. ''Coptic Church Network'', September 1, 2003. Accessed August 11, 2008. Fr. Sleman was already serving alongside Fr. Markos Ayoub. On September 1, 2007, Pope Shenouda ordained Maged Abdelmaseih as Fr. Daniel Abdelmaseih, to be the third priest at St. Mark's Church. Thus, Heg. Abraam Sleman, Fr. Markos Ayoub, and Fr. Daniel Abdelmaseih have been pastors at St. Mark's Church up until the present. There are currently about 750 Coptic American families served by St. Mark's Church.

See also

*Coptic American *Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, Coptic Orthodox Church *Seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope of Alexandria *Church of Saint Menas (Cairo) *Coptic architecture *Coptic Cairo *Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, Cairo, Coptic Orthodox Cathedral of St. Mark (Cairo) *Coptic Orthodox Church in North America *Coptic Orthodox Church in Canada *Coptic Orthodox Church in the United States *:Coptic Orthodox churches, Coptic Orthodox Churches *List of Coptic Orthodox Churches in the United States **St. George Coptic Orthodox Church (Philadelphia) **St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church (Los Angeles) **St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church (Denver, Colorado) **St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church (Lancaster, Pennsylvania) **St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church (Los Angeles) **St. Mary & St. Antonios Coptic Orthodox Church (Ridgewood, Queens) **St. George Coptic Orthodox Church (Brooklyn) **St. Abraam Coptic Orthodox Church (Woodbury, New York) **St. George & St. Shenouda Coptic Orthodox Church (Jersey City, New Jersey)


External links

The official website of St. Mark Coptic Orthodox ChurchThe Coptic Orthodox Archdiocese of North AmericaThe Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los AngelesThe Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United StatesThe Coptic Orthodox Diocese of DamiettaThe Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Port SaidDirectory & Statistics on Coptic Orthodox Churches in North America
Coptic Orthodox churches in New Jersey Churches in Jersey City, New Jersey Christian organizations established in 1970 Oriental Orthodox congregations established in the 20th century Churches in Hudson County, New Jersey Egyptian-American history 1970 establishments in New Jersey