His Grace Mar Aprim Khamis, Bishop of Western America, has ordained two new deacons and one sub-deacon to serve at St. Paul Parish in Anaheim, California.
His Grace laid his blessed right hand on Youra Levy and Michael Yousef, raising them to the rank of deacon, while John Elkhoury was ordained sub-deacon.
The ceremony, which took place on 13 September, was conducted in the presence of Cor-Bishop Gewargis Bet-Rasho and Rev. Fr. Ashur Elkhoury, parish priest of St. Paul Parish.
Deacon Youra and Sub-Deacon John have been long-time members of St. Paul Parish. Deacon Michael joined St. Paul Parish in January of 2010 and has been a member of the St. Paul Parish Church Committee since May 2010. All three studied under the guidance of Rev. Fr. Ashur.
Following the ordination, the parish celebrated of the Holy Qurbana on a blessed day which also commemorated the Feast of the Holy Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.[nggallery id=268]