His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Dr. Anba Abraham
Archbishop Dr. Anba Abraham is the Coptic Orthodox Metropolitan Archbishop of Jerusalem and the Near East.
Born in Egypt, he graduated from the Egyptian Agricultural College in 1964 and later received his master’s and doctoral degrees in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. In 1967, he obtained a B.A. and in 1971 an M.A. Degree in Theology from Cairo Theological Institutes. Before he became a Professor in 1983 in the National Research Center in Egypt, he had become a monk.
- Born in Sohag, Egypt.
- 1967: B.A. In Theology - Coptic Theological Seminary, Cairo.
- 1971: M.A in Theology - Coptic Theological Institute, Cairo.
- 1971: M.A. In Aromatic Plants - Ein Shams University, Cairo.
- 1976: PhD in Medicinal Plants - Ein Shams University, Cairo.
- 1981: Became Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences - National Research Centre, Egypt.
- 1983: Before becoming a Professor in the National Research Centre, His Eminence joined St Bishoy's Monastery, Wadi El Natrun.
- 1991: Called to the Archbishopric of Jerusalem by H.H. Pope Shenouda III
- Speaks Sahidic, Bohairic, English, French, German and Arabic
There is a special status of seniority of honor and precedence for the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Holy and Great City of Our Lord, Jerusalem, Holy Zion, Archbishop of the Holy Archdiocese of Jerusalem, All Palestine, Philadelphia of Jordan and All the Near East.
The Coptic Orthodox Metropolitan Archbishop of Jerusalem is the only Coptic Orthodox Hierarch who is consecrated as a Metropolitan Archbishop without being consecrated first as a Bishop at a separate occasion, and then elevated to the Metropolitan Archbishop rank at a later time as is the norm in all episcopal consecration according to the tradition of the Church of Alexandria, but it is done concurrently on the same occasion (day).