IN HONOUR OF OUR BELOVED POPE SHENOUDA III
117TH POPE OF ALEXANDRIA AND PATRIARCH OF THE SEE OF ST MARK
CHANCELLOR OF ST ATHANASIUS COPTIC ORTHODOX THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE
Our beloved father, Your Holiness Pope Shenouda III, as Bishop of Education your planted a love for education in so many, including our own beloved Bishop Suriel who desired to start a theological college here in Melbourne.
Your Holiness established St Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Theological College with papal decree 21/29 in the year 2000. Your example and fervour for quality education inspired His Grace Bishop Suriel to strive to have our College accredited so its awards would be recognised anywhere in the world. It means so much to us that Your Holiness was able to see that day.
As Chancellor of St Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Theological College your support and concern for our college was immense. Your Holiness was our inspiration, our teacher and we mourn your loss greatly. You left us a vast treasure in your prolific writings that are full of wisdom, yet able to touch our hearts and change our lives.
Indeed you are the ‘Teacher of Generations’, you enriched our understanding on matters of life and theology likewise, whether through your writings, your profoundly beautiful sermons and indeed your life and example.
Farewell our blessed Pope Shenouda III, you are gone from us but your incredible legacy to our College will live on through the generations of students who will come to study here because Your Holiness instilled in us the value of education. We thank you… and we will miss you.