Bishop Missael

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Bishop Missael
Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Midlands, U.K.
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Bishop Missael
Installed 26 May 1991
Other posts member of The Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church
Orders
Ordination 25 May 1980
Consecration consecrated by Pope Shenouda III
Personal details
Birth name Bishop Missael
Born Egypt
Nationality Egyptian
Denomination Oriental Orthodoxy
Residence St. Mary & St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Bishop Missael (born 1940) is a diocesan bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria consecrated by Pope Shenouda III on 26 May 1991 to oversee the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Midlands, U.K. (formerly the Diocese of Birmingham). In this capacity, he is a member of The Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

Early life[edit]

On 11 November in 1962, a 22 year old man who joined the Sorian (St. Mary's) Monastery in Wadi Natroun in Egypt was ordained as a monk, with the name "Missael" after St. Missael the Anchorite, where Pope Shenouda III and Metropolitan Pachomious (who held the position of locum tenens after the departure of Pope Shenouda until the selection of Pope Tawadros) were fellow monks.

Soon after his fellow monk Fr Antonious was ordained as Bishop Shenouda by Pope Cyril VI, Fr. Missael was ordained as a priest on 1 November in 1967, and later a hegumen on 17 May in 1969 by Bishop Shenouda.

It is known that Bishop Missael served for some time as secretary of Pope Cyril VI.

After the death of Cyril VI, Bishop Shenouda was enthroned as his successor in 1971, becoming Pope Shenouda III. He appointed Fr. Missael as his first secretary.

Ordination as Bishop and being sent to the United Kingdom[edit]

Pope Shenouda III called his secretary to be ordained as a General Bishop and ordained him on 25 May in 1980 and sent Bishop Missael to the United Kingdom, becoming the first bishop from the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate to reside there. During his time as General Bishop Bishop Missael established two churches in the city of Birmingham: St. Mary & St. Antony's Coptic Orthodox Church in 1985, and St. Mary & St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Centre in 1989.

On 26 May 1991 Bishop Missael was ordained as the first diocesan bishop for the Diocese of Birmingham by Pope Shenouda III. This was the first diocese established by the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in all the lands of immigration (including Europe, America, Australia). In 2006 the Diocese of Birmingham was renamed the Diocese of the Midlands in the United Kingdom.

Bishop Missael is based at St. Mary & St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Centre in Birmingham, and oversees the diocese, which has around 11 churches and communities in these areas:

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References[edit]

http://copticpope.org http://ukmidcopts.org

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