In August of 2003 one of the young people in St. Mark’s was to have her
wedding in New Jersey. A number of families were planning to travel to
attend the wedding. Providence had it that His Holiness was going to be
at his residence at Cedar Grove, New Jersey, at the same time! What
an opportunity to have a larger delegation to meet with His Holiness.
Divine planning! A request for an appointment was granted for the day
before the wedding.
When the delegation was introduced to His Holiness, his first words
were: “Winnipeg, I must send you a priest!” without the usual sentence
“find someone yourself”. The conversation with His Holiness went very
smoothly as he showed his awareness of Winnipeg’s needs.
Some of the highlights of the conversation were:
⇒ His Holiness could send a temporary priest until a permanent one is
⇒ Instructions to His Grace Bishop David to communicate with the
Ontario Churches to send us priests for Sunday services. In his
great sense of humor he told His Grace Bishop David: “You are
Canadian, look after those Canadian countrymen of yours”.
The meeting was reported in the “Kerazah” as part of His Holiness’ visit to the US. As a follow-up to the visit, His Grace Bishop David contacted
Abouna Reweis Awad of St. George & Anba Reweis in Toronto to adopt
the needs of St. Mark Church of Winnipeg. Abouna Reweis became
responsible for selecting the priest to serve St. Mark but the hope for
Sunday services did not materialize.
Time came for the annual visit of His Grace Bishop Tadros which is
usually in early October. He said that His Holiness had delegated him to
the job of fulfilling our request for a priest. Abouna Reweis Awad
accompanied His Grace on this visit. This enabled him to observe, first
hand, the situation at St. Mark’s. His Grace Bishop Tadros’ next stop
was to St. George & Anba Reweis Church, Toronto, with Abouna
Reweis. Another Divine Timing!!