Our beloved father, His Eminence Metropolitan Youssef entered the monastic life in 1986 at El-Souryan Monastery in Egypt. He was ordained a priest in 1988. In 1989, he came to the United States under the auspices of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III. He was appointed resident priest to serve the Coptic congregation of St. Mary Church in Dallas.
In 1992, His Grace was ordained as General Bishop and in 1993, His Grace was appointed to oversee the Southern Coptic Diocese. In 1995, His Grace was enthroned as the first Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States. In 2022, His Grace was elevated to the rank of Metropolitan by His Holiness Pope Tawadros II.
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