St. Abraam Coptic Orthodox Church (Woodbury, New York)

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St. Abraam Coptic Orthodox Church
A view of St. Abraam's Church from outside.
Country United States of America
Denomination Coptic Orthodox Church
Style Coptic
Diocese Diocese of New York & New England, under H.G. Bishop David
Division The Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate
Bishop(s) HH Pope Theodoros II
Priest(s) Fr. Girgis S. Tadros

St Abraam Coptic Orthodox Church (Coptic: Ϯⲉⲕ⳿ⲕⲗⲏⲥⲓⲁ ⳿ⲛⲣⲉⲙ⳿ⲛⲭⲏⲙⲓ ⳿ⲛⲟⲣⲑⲟⲇⲟⲝⲟⲥ ⳿ⲛⲧⲉ ⲫⲏⲉⲑⲟⲩⲁⲃ Ⲁⲃⲣⲁⲁⲙ // transliteration: ti.eklyseya en.remenkimi en.orthodoxos ente fi.ethowab Abra'am) is a Coptic Orthodox parish in Woodbury, New York. It is one of over 200 Coptic Orthodox Churches in the United States.[1][2]

History of the Building[edit]

St. Abraam's Church was incorporated by 20 families residing in Long Island on January 1978,[3] only five years after the first Coptic Orthodox parishes in New York were founded in Ridgewood, Queens and Brooklyn, New York.[4] For over a decade, these families used a Ukrainian church in Hicksville for accommodating weekly Liturgies.[5] In September 1989, HH Pope Shenouda III blessed the endowned lands in preparation for building the church.[5]

After the church was built in 1990, in a pastoral visit by HH Pope Shenouda, the parish was consecrated in January of the following year. It was the first Coptic Orthodox Church in Long Island, New York.[5]

St. Abraam's Church serves areas in and around Long Island, particularly in Nassau County, which is just east of Queens borough. The closest Coptic Orthodox parish is St. Mary & St. Antonios Coptic Orthodox Church, in Ridgewood, Queens. St. Abraam Church was served by multiple priests such as Fr Micheal Tobia of East Brunswick NJ, Fr. Marcos Ghaly of Toledo, Ohio,[6] as the Coptic Orthodox clergy in North America often visit or temporarily serve churches that are still developing. However, from recent years, Fr. Girgis Tadros was made a permanent priest of the church up until now. St. Abraam's Church currently has two priests, Fr. Girgis Tadros, and, as of September 2008, Fr. Moussa Shafik. There are currently about 300 Coptic families served by St. Abraam's Church.[3]


  1. ^ "Coptic Church Urges Thorough Investigation In Murder of Jersey City Family". Coptic Church Network, January 20, 2005. Accessed August 11, 2008.
  2. ^ CNEWA:The Coptic Orthodox Church (Retrieved 17-07-2008)
  3. ^ a b Data on St. Abraam Church (Retrieved 20-07-2008)
  4. ^ Saint George Church - Brooklyn NY
  5. ^ a b c NY Times
  6. ^ Short Biography of Fr. Marcos Ghaly (Retrieved 08-04-2008)

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Coordinates: 40°49′51.9″N 73°27′22.93″W / 40.831083°N 73.4563694°W / 40.831083; -73.4563694