Letter to HH Pope Tawadros II re: Fr. Mark Aziz
To our beloved Father H.H. Pope Tawadros II,
We your children and congregation in Toronto, Canada, kiss your holy hands, seeking Your Holiness’ Apostolic blessing.
Over two months ago, we were blessed to have Father Mark Aziz, stay with us in Toronto and serve at St. Maurice and St. Verena Coptic Orthodox Church, after Your Holiness’ approval. We humbly come to Your Holiness seeking guidance and support, requesting that Father Mark Aziz returns to serve in the Toronto area to fulfill our needs with our beloved Fathers the priests whom are already here. We desperately need someone with the spirit, attitude, and knowledge that Father Mark greatly possesses. Many of us are fasting and praying daily for God’s will to be done regarding this matter.
In just eight weeks the impact of having Father Mark with us has been incredible. He brought the true teachings of Christ; he taught us about the Church Fathers, the history of the Coptic Church and brought us together, both English and Arabic speakers. He answered every single question we had directly through the Gospel’s words. Many of us have encountered and re-encountered Christ through his Christian example. Through his example, a significant number of individuals who left the Church, returned during the tenure of his short service.
There is a big need in Toronto to have someone who can help us maintain our faith and turn us back to God. This was evident when the significant spiritual void in our lives was filled throughout the discipleship meetings, Bible studies, and personal visits with Father Mark. We saw the light of the Holy Spirit in his teachings.
We know and trust your fatherly wisdom, and are confident that the Grace of the Holy Spirit will guide Your Holiness regarding our desire. May our Lord Jesus Christ preserve your life for us for many years and peaceful times to serve your children.
Remember us in your prayers, with love in Christ,
Your children and congregation in Toronto, Canada.