Coptic Orthodox Church in Europe

The Coptic Orthodox Church has many churches and congregations in Europe and on 2 June 1974 Pope Shenouda III has received in the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria a native Orthodox Church in France known as the French Orthodox Eparchy, along with their Primate, who in turn was accepted after consecration into the Episcopate, in the Holy Synod of the Church of Alexandria and hence was appointed their Primate Marcos (Mark), as the first Bishop and Athanasius as Chorbishop of The French Orthodox Eparchy.[1]

Currently there are many Metropolitans and Bishops serving in Europe.

AustriaEdit

Bishop in Austria:

FranceEdit

On 18 June 1994 Pope Shenouda III raised the French Orthodox Eparchy to the full status of the French Coptic Orthodox Church

On 19 June 1994, in the presence of 62 Metropolitans and Bishops of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Shenouda III elevated Marcos (Mark) as the first metropolitan of the Holy Metropolis of Toulon & All France and Primate of the French Coptic Orthodox Church and Athanasius as the Auxiliary Bishop (assistant) to Marcos.

BishopsEdit

The French Coptic Orthodox Church has a Diocesan Bishops as well as about 11-12 Priests and several Deacons in about 12-15 parishes and missions across France.

  • Athanasios, Diocesan Bishop of the Holy Diocese of Marseille and Primate of the Holy Metropolis of Toulon and of all France, that is The French Coptic Orthodox Church.
  • Marc, Diocesan Bishop of Paris and all Northern France
  • Luka (Luke), Diocesan Bishop of the Holy Diocese of Geneva (Switzerland) and Southern France

The Church is integrated within the Church of Alexandria, but is considered autonomous in matter of governance.[1]

GermanyEdit

 
The Coptic Orthodox Monastery of St. Antonious in Waldsolms-Kröffelbach, Germany.

Bishops:

  • Damian, Bishop of the Holy Diocese of Höxter-Brenkenhausen and Abbot of the Monastery of St. Mary & St. Maurice.
  • Michail, Bishop & Abbot of the Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in Kroeffelbach, Germany.

Currently, there are a few thousand Orthodox Copts in Germany, with several monasteries and churches.[2]

ItalyEdit

Bishops:

The NetherlandsEdit

 
A map of the Jurisdictions of the Coptic Orthodox Dioceses in Europe.

Bishop in Netherlands:

  • Arsany (Arsanios), Diocesan Bishop of the Holy Diocese of Amsterdam and all the Netherlands & affiliate jurisdictions.

There is a large Coptic Orthodox community in the Netherlands, mainly in the major cities. Currently, they have Churches in Amsterdam, Assen, Eindhoven, Enschede, The Hague, Kapelle, Leeuwarden, Utrecht and Velsen-Noord.

Great Britain and IrelandEdit

Bishops:

Scandinavian Countries (Sweden, Denmark, Norway)Edit

Bishop:

  • Abakir (Apa Cyrrhus), Diocesan Bishop of the Holy Diocese of Stockholm and of all Scandinavia.

Greece and CyprusEdit

Bishop:

  • Pavlos (Paul), Diocesan Bishop of the Holy Diocese of Athens, all Greece and Cyprus

Central Europe (Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania and Slovakia)Edit

Bishop:

  • Giovanni, Diocesan Bishop of the Holy Diocese of Central Europe (Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania & Slovakia)[3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b The French Coptic Orthodox Church website http://eocf.free.fr/eglisep_eng.htm
  2. ^ Adherents.com: By Location
  3. ^ "H.G. Bishop GIovanni". Nihov.

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