With the Grace of God on December 14, 2015, we celebrated the 15th Anniversary of the Coptic Orthodox Church here in Bolivia. This celebration started with the Divine Liturgy prayed by H.G. Bishop Youssef, the priests, the congregation of St. Mary & St. Mark Cathedral in Santa Cruz, as well as the congregations of St. Verena Church in Santa Rosa, Archangel Michael Church in Paquio, St. Philopateer & St. Mehrail in Montero, St. Mary & St. Joseph in Valle Sanchez, and St. George in Santa Cruz. Additionally, we had ambassadors of various countries across the world and representatives of the Santa Cruz government in attendance in which they offered kind words about the church, its’ service and Bishop Youssef. This was followed by Bishop Youssef describing the works of God for the church over these many years. Afterwards, we enjoyed each other’s company during a sit-down lunch. Continuing the celebration, we had a variety of activities such as a choir performance, congratulatory words by the congregation, folk dancing, gifts from the congregation and finally a photo session.
We thank God for our beloved church here in Bolivia and it’s growth across South America, Latin America and the Caribbean. We also thank God for our beloved father His Grace Bishop Youssef and ask God to continue to keep him for our church for many years to come.