Coptic Orthodox Church in the United States
The immigration of the Copts to the United States of America might have started as early as the late 1940s. After 1952, Coptic immigration from Egypt to the United States increased in general.
There are many Coptic Orthodox churches and congregations in the United States. Estimated numbers of adherents, based on church membership, is between 350,000 and 420,000. Based on the estimates of certain Coptic organizations, the number of Coptic-Americans is between 700,000 and one million. There are over 200 parishes in the United States that serve the expanding Coptic Orthodox population.
Bishops and dioceses
There are Six Coptic Orthodox Bishops serving in the United States:
- His Grace Serapion, Bishop of the Holy Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California and Hawaii.
- His Grace Youssef (Joseph), Bishop of the Holy Diocese of Southern United States and Abbot of the Monastery of Most Holy Virgin Mary and Saint Moses the Strong in Corpus Christi, Texas.
- His Grance Mena (Menas), Bishop of the Holy Diocese of [Fresno]. Central California, USA.
- His Grace Youhanna (John), General Bishop and Patriarchal Exarch in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, Archdiocese of North America.
- His Grace David, General Bishop and Patriarchal Exarch in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, Archdiocese of North America.
And for the Eritrean Orthodox Church congregation, His Grace Macarius, Bishop of the Eritrean Church in the USA. Member of the Eritrean Holy Synod.
There also is the vacant throne of the Bishop and Abbot of the Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in Barstow, California, after the departure of the thrice-blessed Bishop Abbot Karas.
Extended service areas
Archdiocese of North America
There are two Exarchs of the Throne serving this Archdiocese, which is directly under the responsibility of the Pope of Alexandria:
In the Archdiocese of North America, there are over 100 Coptic Orthodox churches. The following states and districts are served under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese:
- New York
- New Jersey
- New Hampshire
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- Washington, D.C.
- West Virginia
Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California and Hawaii
His Grace Serapion is the Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles, Southern California and Hawaii.
The diocese has around 30 churches, a theological school (seminary) and a charity organization called Saint Verena Charity, named after the Coptic Saint Verena. The Diocese of Los Angeles is based in Pomona, California.
Diocese of Fresno, Central California
His Grace Mena (Menas) is the Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of [Fresno], Central California.
In California there also is an independent Coptic Orthodox Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in Barstow that is under the jurisdiction of the Pope of Alexandria. The throne of the Bishop and Abbot of the monastery was vacant ever since the death of the thrice-blessed Bishop Karas, but is currently overseen by a Hegumen Hieromonk, Father Anastasi St. Anthony.
Diocese of Southern United States
His Grace 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 and Saint Moses the Strong in Corpus Christi, Texas. There are 23 churches and 28 Coptic Communities (mission parishes) in this diocese along with a theological school (seminary). The diocese is headquartered in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex suburb of Colleyville, Texas.
The territories covered under this diocese are in the following states:
- New Mexico
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