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Fr. Youannes Tawfik

Fr. Youannes Tawfik has been serving St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church in South Saint Paul, Minnesota and its growing congregation since 1999. He was ordained as a priest by His Holiness Pope Shenouda III on July 7th, 1999 and served in St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church in El Materya, Egypt. Before receiving the Holy Sacrament of priesthood, Fr. Youannes had an active role in the church he attended serving as a youth leader, a Sunday school teacher, and hymns teacher. While he was dedicating so much of his time to the church, Fr. Youannes also received his degree as a surgeon in urology in Egypt. He was a practicing physician for a few years until he was called to the priesthood.

We pray that Our Lord may bless his ministry and service, giving him wisdom, grace, and blessing to guide His flock in peace.