Stephanos Zacharias Al-Faoud

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His Beatitude
Stephanos Zacharias Al-Faoud
Second Exarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church of the Sudân
His Beatitude, Stephanos Zacharias Al-Faoud, Exarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church of the Sudân
His Beatitude, Stephanos Zacharias Al-Faoud, Exarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church of the Sudân
Native name ستيفان زكرياالفهد
Church Coptic Orthodox Church of the Sudân
Metropolis Khartoum, Sudân
Predecessor H.B. Timotheos Ghargis
Successor H.B. Hadrian Mar Elijah Bar Israel
Orders
Consecration 1 February 1982
by H.B. Timotheos Ghargis
Personal details
Birth name ستيفن الفهد
Born 1939
Cairo, Egypt
Died 57
New York, NY
Nationality Sudanese
American
Denomination Orthodox Tewahedo
Residence Daly City, California
Children None
Alma mater New York University


His Beatitude Stephanos Zacharias Al-Faoud (13 November 1939 - 6 February 1996) was the second Exarch of the sui iuris Coptic Orthodox Church of the Sudân.

Early Life

The nephew of King Farouk of Egypt, he had survived three assassination attempts, the first when he was only a child. Born in Los Angeles, he attended public schools. He converted to Orthodoxy as a young man and pursued the religious vocation, attending several seminaries, including the General Theological Seminary in New York, and Saint Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania, before being ordained a deacon in 1975.

Priesthood

He was ordained priest in 1980 by His Holiness, Abuna Takla Haymanot, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, in Axum, Ethiopia, after which he moved to Port Sudan in order to serve the Coptic Orthodox population there.

Increasingly interested in the politics of the country, and with a specific mission to the Dinka people, he began personally funding many aspects of the South Sudan Liberation Movement.

His work caught the attention of His Beatitude Timotheos Ghargis, the first Exarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church of the Sudân, who consecrated him as bishop on 1 February 1982.

When Timotheos Ghargis reposed in the Lord in 1982, it was Abune Stephanos who replaced him, becoming the second Exarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church of the Sudân. However the politics in the Sudân at that time necessitated that he leave the country, and return to America, where he established several mission parishes in New York and San Francisco.

Death

His Beatitude was admitted to hospital in New York, NY on 4 February 1996. He reposed in the Lord on 6 February 1996; and was succeeded by as Exarch by His Excellency, Hadrian Mar Elijah Bar Israel, now the Nazarani Metropolitan.