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Archdiocese of North America
- St. George & St. Shenouda Church
Jersey City, New Jersey
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Fr. Makarius was born Nageh Gerges Sawirus on Saturday, February 26, 1955 and was baptized by Fr. Hegumen Yousef Ablel on April 5, 1955 in St. George Church in Khomaroya, Shobra in Egypt. This day was the commemoration of St. Makarius the Great, the father of the monks in the wilderness of Sheheet.
Fr. Makarius graduated from the Coptic Orthodox Theological Seminary (a branch of the Al Muharraq Monastery) in May of 1982 with a degree in Theological Science.
After being engaged for a year and a half, Fr. Makarius married Ganett Naseem Assad, a blessed Coptic Orthodox daughter, at St. George Church in Morad, Giza, on Wednesday, June 2, 1982. The officiant was H.G. Bishop Botros who was accompanied by the chorus of the Theological Seminary. The marriage certificate was issued by Fr. Armia Bolous, the priest of St. Demiana Coptic Orthodox Church in Boulaq, Cairo at the time.
Fr. Makarius has two sons and one daughter. Gawargy was studying at the High Technological Institute in Egypt after completing his secondary education. Bishoy was studying at the College of Commerce in Egypt after completing his secondary education. Finally, Nardin is currently studying at Bayonne High School.
Fr. Makarius was ordained to the priesthood on Sunday, July 4, 1982, to serve at the altar of St. George Church in AlQantarah, Ismailia. The ordination ceremony was conducted at St. George Church by H.G. the late Bishop Agathon, bishop of Ismailia and the abbot of St. Paul Monastery in Red Sea, Egypt. He was assisted by H.G. Kory Episcopos Bishop Botros. He was elevated to Hegumen by H.G. Bishop Seraphin, Bishop of Ismailia on Palm Sunday, April 28, 2002. Fr. Makarius continued to serve St. George Church, AlQantarah until 2005. He served its congregation with great love, honesty, authority, and humility. He instituted many services that were not there prior to his ordination.
In August of 2003, Fr. Makarius came to the United States for spinal cord treatment. The treatment continued for a period of six months after which he returned to Egypt in February of 2004. While he was being treated he was blessed with the opportunity to serve in St. Mary and St. John Church in Bayonne, NJ. After some time, in October of 2005, H.H. Pope Shenouda sent him to serve in Dayton, Ohio at St. Mina and St. Abanoub Church. Fr. Makarius’ family accompanied him to Dayton. For one year, Fr. Makarius served in St. Mina and St. Abanoub Church. H.H. Pope Shenouda then decided to delegate him, upon Fr. Makarius’ request, to the service of St. George and St. Shenouda Church on December 1, 2006.
The first liturgy that Fr. Makarius prayed was directed by H.G. Bishop David, the general bishop of the East Coast of the United States. He prayed this liturgy with his brothers, the priests of St. George and St. Shenouda. H.G. Bishop David introduced Fr. Makarius to the congregation with expressions of love and respect. He expressed that Fr. Makarius is a time-honored, authoritative, and humble priest who is loved by H.H. Pope Shenouda and a gift from H.H. Pope Shenouda to the priests and congregation of St. George and St. Shenouda Church. The services to which H.G. Bishop David explained Fr. Makarius should be dedicated are as follows: To look after the congregation through pastoral visits, To receive confessions, To teach and deliver sermons.
Last Updated: 2016-01-15 14:21:24