Coptic Orthodox Theological College, Sydney Australia
Pope Shenouda III Coptic Orthodox
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College FounderH.H Pope Shenouda III is the dean of the College, he is a distinguished and prominent religious leader, a profound theologian, a gifted preacher, a talented author, a spiritual father, a man of God for his entire life.

His Holiness was born Nazeer Gayed on August 3, 1923, to a pious Christian family in Egypt. By the age of 16, H. H. was active in the Sunday School movement, which wrought to enrich Christian Education in the Coptic Orthodox Church.

After graduating from Cairo University with a degree in history, he worked as a high school English and Social Studies teacher in Cairo by day, and attended classes at the Coptic Theological Seminary by night. Upon graduation from the seminary in 1949, he was chosen to teach New Testament Studies.

On September 30, 1962, he was ordained as His Grace Bishop Shenouda of Christian Education and President of the Coptic Orthodox Theological Seminary by the late Pope Cyril VI. Through his leadership of the seminary, the number of students tripled.

On November 14, 1971, H.G. Bishop Shenouda was consecrated as His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, the 117th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark.

HH Pope Shenouda III became the first patriarch of Alexandria since the fifth century to have been head of the Theological Seminary and continues to lecture at the Seminary branches in Cairo, Alexandria and abroad, and at the Higher Institute of Coptic Studies. He also established other branches of the Seminary in Egypt as well as in Australia, America, and the United Kingdom.
Because of his strong commitment to teaching, Pope Shenouda conducts a weekly Wednesday sermon where thousands of people attend. He has been the editor-in-chief of El-Keraza Magazine, the official publication of the Coptic Orthodox Church, since 1962. He is also the author of over 100 books.

H.H. is well known for his deep commitment to Christian Unity. In an address he gave at an ecumenical forum during the International Week of Prayer in 1974, he declared, “The whole Christian world is anxious to see the church unite. Christian people, being fed up with divisions, are pushing their church leaders to do something about church unity and I am sure that the Holy Spirit is inspiring us.”

H. H. has paid many visits to the various sister Orthodox churches and their patriarchs, such as those of Constantinople, Moscow, Romania, and Antioch. A full communion of these churches with the Oriental Orthodox Churches is very close.

In 1973, H. H. was the first Coptic Orthodox pope to visit the Vatican in over 1500 years. In this visit, both H. H. Pope Shenouda III and H. H. Pope Paul VI signed a common declaration on the issue of Christology and agreed to establish joint commissions for dialogue on unity. There have also been dialogues with various Protestant churches worldwide.

Pope Shenouda has received several honorary degrees from major universities around the world.

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