Our Clergy

Fr. Abrahim Aziz Gindi was born in Cairo in 1929, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree as an Architect from Ain Shams University in 1951. He worked as an architect in the Ministry of Defense for nine years.  He served in Sunday School and was a board member in St. Mary Church in Masarra, Shobra, Cairo, until his ordination on April 18, 1962 by H.E. Metropolitan Athanasius. He served at St. Mary and St. Rueiss Church in Abbaseya, Cairo.

He was ordained a Hegumen on June 1st, 1968. He served for short periods in California, at St. Mark in L.A. in 1971 and again in 1974. In September 1980, he came permanently to U.S.A. to serve in the new church of St. George in Bellflower and has been there since. He was instrumental in establishing Archangel Michael Church in Santa Ana, and St. Mina Church in Riverside. He served all three churches until new permanent priests arrived for them. He also taught at the Seminary in Los Angeles for many years, and is the Secretary of the Ecclesiastical Council for Family Affairs in the Diocese.

Contact: 562-804-1073

Father Mauritius M. Mikhail was born on July 31, 1953. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medicine (MBBCH) in 1977, a Diploma in Social Development in 1987 from the Coady International Institute, and a Master of Internal Medicine Degree in 1988.

His Holiness Pope Shenouda III ordained him a presbyter on January 11, 1994. He served a the Church of Saint Maurice & Saint Verena in Cairo, Egypt from January to September 1994; and the Church of Virgin Mary & Archangel Michael in Connecticut from September 1994 to September 1996. He has been serving in Saint George Church in Bellflower, California since September 1996.

Contact: 562-753-1974

Email: frmmm (AT) verizon (DOT) net

Father Lazarus Yassa was born and raised in Southern California. He holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. Prior to his consecration and ordination, he worked as a journalist in Los Angeles, CA and as a Mental Health Clinician in Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia from 2001-2008. He previously served at St. George in Bellflower, CA from 2000-2004, St. Verena and the Three Holy Youth from 2004-2006 and St. Anthony in Medford, NJ from 2006-2008. On November 2, 2008, he was ordained as a presbyter by His Grace Bishop Serapion and His Grace Bishop Youssef of the Diocese of the Southern United States to serve in the Diocese. He served in St. Mina in Riverside, CA until July 2014. He is currently serving in St. George in Bellflower, CA.

Contact:  562-505-1738

Email:  lazarusyassa (AT) gmail (DOT) com

Father Jonah Labib – photo and biography coming soon.