Church: St. Antonius, Hayward
Bio: Fr. Matthias was born on May 15, 1939 in Qalandool, in the province of Minia. In 1958, he earned a B.A. in Theological Studies from the Coptic Seminary in Cairo. After serving as a youth leader and teacher, the congregation of Saint Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Fagala, Cairo selected him as their new priest and pastor. He was ordained on December 14, 1962 by the late Bishop Isaac.
Father Matthias earned his MA in Theological Studies from the University of Ottawa, Canada in 1985 and published his thesis on the Doctrine of Sanctification according to Saint Athanasius. He earned his Ph.D. from the same university in 1993 with his dissertation on Honorable Marriage according to Saint Athanasius.
Fr. Matthias has been serving at Saint Antonius Coptic Orthodox Church since September 1989.