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Welcome! We’re BLESS

The Coptic Orthodox Church (COC)

The Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt is An Apostolic, mainstream and Traditional Church established by St. Mark the apostle, writer of the 2nd gospel, in the 1st Century. The COC serves a congregation that mounts to 15 million believers: 13 millions live in Egypt and almost two millions live abroad. The word “Coptic” means “Egyptian" read more…

Bishopric of Public, Ecumenical and Social Services “BLESS”

The Bishopric of Public, Ecumenical and Social Services (BLESS) is a general bishopric of the Coptic Orthodox Church. BLESS was established in 1962 to be the social, diaconal and development arm of the Church.
Brief History • BLESS was established by HG Late Bishop Samuel on September 30th, 1962
BLESS target communities in the year 2017

Vision and Mission

Vision : A community capable of investing its potential, accepting diversity, respecting differences, and preserving with human dignity.
Mission: Awakening the social-consciousness of individuals to liberate society from the bondage of poverty, ignorance, and illness. Emphasizing human values, reinforcing the Egyptian identity. Leading the change through community participation. BLESS will lead the change through field interventions, and the support of forming local entities.

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1998- 2016 Accomplishments
  • BLESS has provided its services through 30 dioceses.
  • At any given point of time, BLESS is serving 30 active communities, at least.
  • In addition, by December 31st, 2016 BLESS has completed its full coverage of 64 communities. Those communities are being followed up and supported by “BLESS Exit Coordinators”.
  • 84,165 literacy class participants have passed their literacy exams.
  • 4,640 houses accessed potable water.
  • 3,428 houses has established pit latrines.
  • 2,418 houses have accessed the national electricity power network.
  • 4,323 houses acquired strong roofs.
  • 5,084 houses benefited of repairs of floor and walls.
  • 6,853 beneficiaries implemented income generating projects.
  • 7,373 trainees attended vocational training courses.
  • 4,232 people got employment opportunities.
  • 84 rural clubs were established.
  • 104 daycare facilities and 84 child clubs were established.
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HH Pope Tawadros II speech at the “Development experts meeting

News and Events

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An Invitation to the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace with Pan African Women of Faith
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BLESS Guiding Values

  • - Our love for God inspires us to love all human beings and emphasizing their human dignity .
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  • - Transparency and accountability. .
  • - Encouraging and supporting the spirit of creativity, volunteer work and supporting others.
  • - Respecting human beings regardless of religion, sex, age, or race.
  • - Re-affirming the spirit of responsibility and commitment.
  • - Providing quality and sustainable services.
  • - Focusing on compiling and utilizing available local resources.

Photo Story

HG Bishop Yolios visited Russian Diakonia for a week

Development experts meeting

HH Pope Tawadros II attended the “Development experts meeting” organized the Bishopric of public, social services and ecumenical at papal Logos Center in St. Bishoy monastery in Wadi Natrun, which raised: “Challenges facing the community development in Egypt” subject where they discussed what is the most important development approaches that can be adopted to support national efforts for development? The meeting was conducted by Anba Yolios General Bishop of services and was attended by Anba Thomas Bishop of Quseya and Mir, Father Daoud Lamei and a number of leaders of development and social work. The meeting aimed at reviewing the most important ideas and modern trends in the field of development to benefit from in the development of the BLESS in the next development plan 2018-2022.

Commemoration of Bishop Samuel

HH Pope Tawadros II attended the celebration held by the Bishopric of public, social services and ecumenical on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the martyrdom of Bishop Samuel, the first bishop of public and social services. The ceremony which was attended by a number of Bishops included a presentation of a documentary film about the life of Bishop Samuel as well as Dr.kamal Morris speech on behalf of the family of Bishop Samuel in which he thanked the Pope for his presence at this joyous celebration. Bishop Pachomius, Bishop of Beheira and Matrouh and five western cities delivered an emotional speech about his memories with Bishop Samuel at the beginning of his service as a young man and Bishop Samuel interest in pastoral and development work as well as his devotion thoughts. Bishop Yolios, bishop of public and social services, granted Bishop Pachomius Anba Samuel Shield of development. At the end, HH Pope Tawadros II delivered a speech in which he recalled one of Bishop Samuel sermons that influenced His Holiness, The sermon title was (together) and was about the importance of teamwork. Then the Pope distributed souvenirs to the audience.

Diakonia and capacity building

Coptic Center for Human Recourses Development
(CHRD)

Enhancing the performance level of BLESS staff members, community development leaders and other NGOs staff members.

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Coptic Center for Social Studies
(CCSS)

Raising awareness on the various dimensions of citizenship, civil state and peaceful co-existence for BLESS staff members and community development leaders .

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Coptic Center for Public Relations
(CCPR)

Assist BLESS staff to network with other development organizations for the exchange of experience and knowledge.

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Charity Program