Meet Our Priest


Father Marcos’ favorite Bible verse, 2 Corinthians 5:15, tells us much about him. “He died for the sake of all so that those who are alive should live not for themselves but for the one who died for them and was raised.” No matter which shoes Abouna has on; family man, priest, therapist, teacher, mentor, or friend- his life mission always comes back to serving our Lord, in every capacity, which he’s called to do.

SEPT 25, 2021

Elevated to the rank of Hegumen

AUG 30, 2021

Associate Professor of Counseling at Ashland Theological Seminary

AUG 14, 2021

Established Podcast: Bridges, Connecting Both Sides & In Between

MAY 14, 2016

Completed his doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Kent State University

SEPT 22, 2015

Celebrated the First Liturgy of the newly established Sts. Peter and George Coptic Orthodox Church in Westlake, OH

OCT 1, 2010

Obtained licensure as Professional Counselor (LPC) by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board

AUG 28, 2010

Graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary with a degree in Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling

OCT 1, 2004

Moved to Cleveland to serve as Priest at St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Seven Hills, OH while simultaneously serving at St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Toledo, OH

MAY 15, 1999

Ordained into Priesthood by the hands of H.H. Pope Shenouda III to serve at St. Abraam Coptic Orthodox Church in Long Island, NY

APR 5, 1996

Immigrated with his wife Randa to Canada

AUG 4, 1968

Born in Cairo, Egypt (there he spent his youth serving the Lord as deacon and youth leader)

Bridges: Connecting Both Sides & In Between Conversation while safely traveling on bridges of life issues, psychology, spirituality, culture, and restorative justice

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