Dr. Samy Fawzy, Archbishop of the Episcopal/Anglican Province of Alexandria, heads today the service of the ordained deacon Clement Alphonse, to become the first Hearing impaired priest to serve in sign language in the Episcopal/Anglican Church of Jesus, Light of the World in Old Cairo.
Archbishop also ordains the lay servant Joseph Harvey become a deacon serving in St. Mark’s Church in Menouf, and the ordination rite will be held at All Saints Cathedral in Zamalek.
It is worth noting that Deacon Clement Alphonse is the first ordained priest of the Hearing impaired in the Arab world for a church that was inaugurated specifically for the Hearing impaired, He attained the rank of deacon (assistant chaplain) in 2017 and the rank of a secular servant in 2009, where he sponsors the Church of the Deaf, whose attendance ranges from 100 to 150 people. He is married to an Egyptian woman and the father of three children. As for Deacon Joseph Harvey, he works in the Episcopal School in Menouf as a supervisor of the English Language Department.
He was ordained as a secular servant at St. Mark’s Church in Menouf last March, in addition to serving the youth of the church.