Education and Formation
His Holiness received his degree in pharmacy in 1975 from the University of Alexandria and in 1985, earned a fellowship of the World Health Organization from the British International Health Institute in England. In his last year at the University of Alexandria, he enrolled at the Coptic Orthodox Theological Seminary of Alexandria, where he graduated in 1983. His professional career in pharmacy led him back to Damanhour where he managed a pharmaceutical company of the Egyptian Ministry of Health. Pope Tawadros’ close work with Metropolitan Pachomius, Archbishop of Beheira, goes back to his years as a university student when his broadmindedness and keenness on church service drew the archbishop’s attention. He served with the Metropolitan until he took to monastic life, and in 1986 went to the Monastery of St. Bishoy in Wadi El-Natrun.
After completing a two year novitiate, in 1988, he was formally tonsured a monk by His Holiness Pope Shenouda III and given the name “Theodore Anba-Bishoy.” His tasks at the monastery included oversight of the guesthouse. Two years later, he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood and was selected by H.E. Metropolitan Pachomius to serve in his archdiocese as a director of youth ministries. On June 7, 1997, he was consecrated as H.G. Bishop Tawadros by H.H. Pope Shenouda III and the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church as General Bishop of Beheira and auxiliary to Metropolitan Pachomius, upon the Metropolitan’s request. Tawadros is the Coptic derivation of the Greek name “Theodoros,” which means ‘Gift of God.’