New Permanent Priest

We are pleased to announce Father Moses Samaan as the new, confirmed permanent priest for St. Gregory American Coptic Orthodox Church. Father Moses will start his service with Vespers on Saturday, July 30, 2016 and the Liturgy on Sunday, July 31, 2016.

The following is Fr. Moses’ biography from

Father Moses Samuel Samaan was born in Highland Park, CA and raised in Southern California.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California at Riverside and a Juris Doctor law degree from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Prior to his consecration and ordination, he practiced law in California from 2003-2009.

With his family, he attended Holy Virgin Mary Church in Los Angeles, Saint Mina Church in Riverside, Saint John Church in Covina throughout his life. For the 21 years before his ordination, he served at Saint Abanoub and Saint Antony Church in Norco.

His father, the late Father Samuel Samaan of blessed memory, served as a presbyter in the Diocese from 1991 to 2007 at Saint Abanoub and Saint Antony Church.

In September 2008, he became a consecrated servant in the Diocese, assisting in several areas of the service. One year later, His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion assigned him to serve at St. Demiana Coptic Orthodox Church in San Diego. On December 26, 2009, His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion ordained him as Archdeacon Moses to continue his service at St. Demiana. On April 18, 2010, he was ordained as a presbyter by His Eminence Metroplitan Serapion, and Their Graces Bishop Sarapamon, Bishop Tadros, and Bishop Youssef.

In August 2014, Metropolitan Serapion assigned him to serve at St. Marina Coptic Orthodox Church.

His personal blog, Become Orthodox, may be found at


May God continue Fr. Moses’ service to us and bless him continually.