On Monday February 25th 2/25. SPSA Church will be blessed by His Grace Bishop Aghason First Coptic Bishop of Brazil. His Grace will celebrate Jonah’s fast liturgy @5:30PM.
His Grace Bishop Aghathon earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Chemistry from the College of Science from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. After completion of his education, His Grace worked as a Chemist. On July 16, 1988, he entered the Monastic order as a brother at St. Paul’s Monastery in the Red Sea.
On April 10, 1992, His Grace was ordained a monk by the hands of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III. On June 10, 1993, His Holiness ordained Fr. Aghathon as a priest and two months later, sent him to Brazil on August 16, 1993.
Upon his arrival to Brazil, Fr. Aghathon found a temporary a residence at Sao Bento; a Roman Catholic Monastery. He remained there for one and a half months. In 1993, Fr. Aghathon was commissioned to establish a church in Bolivia. From September 1993 April 1997, Fr. Aghathon prayed at a local Syrian Orthodox Church in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and then returned temporarily to Sao Bento Monastery. On June 18, 1997, His Holiness promoted Fr. Aghathon to Hegomen.
In August 1997, Fr. Aghathon bought a house, which he also used as the church. In September 2000, the new church building was erected. The grand opening of Sao Marco Coptic Orthodox Church was in September 2001. His Holiness Pope Shenouda III made an official visit to Sao Paolo, Brazil, on February 10, 2006, and consecrated the blessed church of St. Mark. In 2006, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III sent Fr. Aghathon to establish service in Paraguay and in Columbia. The construction of St. Mary and St. Paul Coptic Orthodox Church in Paraguay was completed in 2008, and is currently awaiting the arrival of a priest.
On June 11, 2006, His Holiness ordained Bishop Aghathon as the first Coptic Orthodox Bishop of Brazil. Eighty-three bishops were in attendance.