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 HISTORY OF ST. MARK COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

In 1990 the congregation consisted of eleven families from both Fort Myers and Naples. The Holy Liturgy was held once a month on Saturday in a private residence with Father John Ramsey.

With the blessing of H.G. Bishop Youssef, On March 3, 1992 the Church was incorporated as "ST. MARK COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH INC."

Between March 3rd, 1992 and June 28th, 2004, the congregation was blessed with a succession of priests. This group included, Father Mikhail Aziz Abdou, Father John Ramsey, Father Asheya Yacoub and Father Youanis Seraphim. During this period, the congregation gathered for meetings at the Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Myers as well as other locations every Saturday of the month.

With the Blessings of H.G. Bishop Youssef and under the guidance of Father Mikhail Aziz Abdou, on December 29th, 2003, the congregation purchased a small office in the Gateway Community in Fort Myers. It was then converted into a Church with the guidance of Father Youanis.

On August 6th, 2006, H.G. Bishop Youssef blessed St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church with the ordination of our beloved priest, Fr. Joachim Boutros. We pray that the Lord will continue to bless his service.

By January 2010 the congregation had grown expediently and purchased a church in Estero that is the current Church. May GOD continue to bless His Church and His congregation for the glory of His name.

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