On the 11th November in 1962, a young 22 year old man who joined the Syrian (St. Mary's) Monastery in Wadi Natroun in Egypt, was ordained as a monk with the name "Missael" after St. Missael (Misael or Meisael) the Anchorite. Fr. Missael was then ordained as a priest on the 1st November in 1967 and later a hegumen on the 17th May in 1969. Fr. Missael was a close disciple and secretary to the late St. Pope Cyril VI. Following the departure of St. Pope Cyril VI, Bishop Shenouda was chosen and enthroned as Pope and Patriarch on 14th November 1971. His Holiness Pope Shenouda III appointed Fr. Missael as his first secretary.
His Holiness the Pope then called Fr. Missael to be ordained as a General Bishop on the 25th May in 1980 and on 2nd June 1985 officially assigned His Grace Bishop Missael to the United Kingdom, becoming the first bishop from the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate to reside in the United Kingdom. It was during this time as General Bishop that H.G. Bishop Missael consecrated the second church in the United Kingdom, St. Mary & St. Antony's Coptic Orthodox Church of Birmingham in 1985 and later on establishing St. Mary & St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Centre in 1989, also in Birmingham.
On the 26th May in 1991, H.G. Bishop Missael was ordained as the first Bishop of the Diocese of Birmingham by His Holiness Pope Shenouda III. This was the first Diocese to be established under the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in the United Kingdom and all the lands of immigration. In 2006, the Diocese of Birmingham was renamed the Diocese of the Midlands, United Kingdom.
His Grace Bishop Missael is based at St. Mary & St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Centre in Birmingham.
You may reach His Grace by:
Tel: +44 1564 783926
Fax: +44 1564 784236