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…
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
• The Development Department of BLESS, rooted in the tradition and spirituality of the Coptic Orthodox Church, contributes to the development of poor and marginalized people. (God’s brethren) “Mt 25:40”
• The main purpose is to help them discover and develop their potentials and improve the conditions of their communities:
socially, culturally and economically for an abundant life for all.
This is realized through:
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.
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.
Enhancing the performance level of BLESS staff members, community development leaders and other NGOs staff members.more…
Raising awareness on the various dimensions of citizenship, civil state and peaceful co-existence for BLESS staff members and community development leaders .more…
Assist BLESS staff to network with other development organizations for the exchange of experience and knowledge.more…
• Health Care, Education, Marriage and Income Generation Assistance. • Local and regional Emergency Aid Programme.
AGAPY Program Social Welfare.
A group of servants to serve in poor popular areas in Greater Cairo in order to develop the most needy spiritually, and economically healthy in the targeted areas .
Saint Verena group
BLESS has extended emergency relief services to the people effected by the flooding in September 2016, in the villages of Akhmim and Red sea dioceses.
Emergency program people effected by the flooding in September 2016