Fr. Marcos Ghali
Doctoral Candidate, M.A., PC
Father Marcos Ghali was born in Cairo on August 4, 1968. He served as an active deacon and youth leader at St. George & St. Abraam Coptic Orthodox Church in Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt. Most of his service there involved the youth and their activities under the care of H. G. Bishop Moussa, the Bishop of Youth. He graduated with an Accounting degree in May of 1989. After his immigration with his wife, in 1996, he continued his service at St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Toronto and later at St. Mary & St. Abraam Coptic Orthodox Church in Ajax, Ontario, Canada. During this period, he was responsible for directing Sunday school services and curriculum.
Father Marcos Ghali was ordained into priesthood on May 15, 1999 by the hands of H. H. Pope Shenouda III at the Patriarchal Chapel of St. Shenouda the Archimandrite at the Papal Residence at St. Bishoy Monastery, located in Wadi el Natrun, Egypt. Father Marcos was inspired by his uncle and namesake, the Very Rev. Fr. Marcos Ghali, who was the Patriarchal Vicar of Cairo at the Patriarchate under both H. H. the Late Pope Kyrillos VI and H. H. Pope Shenouda III for several decades. He first served in 1999 in St. Abraam Coptic Orthodox Church on Long Island, New York.
Since his arrival to Cleveland in October of 2004, Fr. Marcos has been a vital part of the activities of youth and assistance at the parish, including serving St. George Coptic Orthodox Church of Toledo with Fr. Mikhail E. Mikhail. He has taken part in the Midwest Youth Convention as well as Youth retreats for Northeastern Ohio, including Cleveland, Toledo and Youngstown.
Father Marcos Ghali represented the Coptic Orthodox Church, in February 2007, in a forum for “The Middle East in the Midwest” held by the Middle East and Islamic Studies Department of Miami University of Ohio. The conference examined Middle Eastern immigration to the United States and especially to the Midwest.
In order to further expand his pastoral ministry, Father Marcos Ghali joined Ashland Theological Seminary. He graduated in 2010 with a degree in Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling. His professional credentials are Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. His professional association memberships include the American Counseling Association, the American Association of Christian Counselors as well as the Ohio Counseling Association. Currently, Father Marcos is at the final phase of completing the doctoral degree in counseling. He is looking to offer Professional Christian Counseling for Adults, Adolescents, Marriage and Family Counseling Services at St. Mark’s Church.