The tragic death of Bishop Epiphanius, head of the famed St. Macarius Monastery in Wadi al-Natrun in the Western Desert of Egypt, has saddened all that have known him personally as well as those that saw the prospect of a bright new dawn for ecclesiastical education in the Coptic Church. In this spirit, some of the Society members contemplated setting up a memorial fund in a graduate-level US institution to honor him and encourage students to research the subject of Christian (Coptic) Egypt.
Through the diligent efforts of Dr. Essam Keddis of New Jersey and Dr. Mary Farag of Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS), we got a preliminary approval from PTS to setup this memorial award. The financial cost is $5,000 per year and will involve a competitive student papers to be presented within the large discipline of Christianity in Egypt. After careful review by an academic panel in the field, the money will be awarded to the winning paper. During the September 22 quarterly meeting of the Society Board, this award was approved beginning with the fiscal year 2018-2019 (October 1, 2018). Donations will be collected by the St. Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society and forwarded directly to PTS as a lump sum by check.
If you are interested in contributing to this worthy endeavor, you can send checks to:
St. Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society
1494 S. Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
or by credit card
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