Following his college graduation, he gave sermons at many churches in Cairo and focused on writing several spiritual books. It was not long before Fr. Abraam dedicated his life to serving God and was ordained a priest on June 18th, 1989 by H.H. Pope Shenouda III during the Feast of Pentecost to the church of St. Mary in Cairo, Egypt, and there he served his flock diligently for several years. As the Coptic Church in the United States grew, the need for dedicated, reputable priests did as well, and Fr. Abraam was chosen to serve in the flourishing community. On September 3rd, 1993, he began his service in the Coptic Church of Saint Mark in Englewood, Colorado.
On January 5, 1995, he has been appointed by His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, the head of the Coptic Church, to serve at the Coptic Church of Saint Mark in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA, to serve there following the departure of the founding priest of the parish. During the period before Fr. Abraam’s arrival, the church had many issues. The congregation was divided to the point that several clergy were sent to the church only to stay for several weeks before leaving due to the many issues in church. Through his immense love for every congregant and his ability to reach each on according to their needs, Fr. Abraam was able unite a church, which over the years had been divided and had number of intermittent priests. He is an altruistic individual who constantly seeks to meet the needs of the struggling members of his congregation.
Fr. Abraam was elevated to the rank of Hegumen by H.H. Pope Shenouda III, on September 1st, 2003. He currently serves at Saint Mark’s as the senior priest and the president of the board. Father Abraam has been the senior priest at Saint Mark’s for the last fifteen years, seeing the Church through remarkable growth, both in its congregation number and in ministry activities, indicative of a strong commitment to the Church, Christ, and his flock.
When it comes to God’s holy word and church teachings, Fr. Abraam is known of both knowledge and insight. His passion is reading and researching in the Bible. He is eager and diligent in sharing this essential information through his writings and published works.
During his research, Fr. Abraam is open to know the truth as evident through his readings and works to pose critical questions that can only be answered with a deep understanding of the Scriptures. He believes that there is no sound theological principle that it is not deeply rooted on a biblical basis. Over the years, he has developed a method of referencing multiple translations of the biblical text, including text in the Arabic, Greek, and Hebrew languages. Using this, he forms an understanding by surveying the Bible as a whole, using the uniting thread of the Holy Spirit that runs in each book to uncover the truth.
Rev Fr Abraam Sleman is credited to be one of the first Coptic priests to stress the importance of the use of the internet as a medium to reach Copts. With the advent of the internet, he created one of the first Coptic online publications, “Voice of the Bible”, which was later expanded to be www.SaintMark.com and has now evolved into www.CopticChurch.net, one of the largest Coptic resources on the internet.
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