10 Years of Love & Care
from Alexandria Church
to H.H. Pope Tawadros II
Question & Answer
“There are many roles which women play in the Church. Firstly, Sunday School services, which is a very big role. Women are members of the church council and many social activities. In the Church, there are nuns in the convents and consecrated women who help in many social activities such as nursing in hospitals, teaching in schools, in orphanages and in choirs. Women can also help in solving family problems through their experience. In every council for family matters (we have 6 councils within and outside Egypt), there is a woman, who is either a doctor or lawyer.
The Saint Mark Foundation for Documenting Coptic Heritage is a non-profit organization under Egyptian law, dedicated to the Coptic Heritage documentation and supporting research work in the field of Coptic studies. Its activities include sponsoring projects for the documentation and digitization of the Coptic heritage, publishing academic & reference publications in both English and Arabic, organizing biannual international symposia, and an annual program of workshops. It is to be a definitive resource and reference for Coptic History. The Foundation’s activities benefit and bring together International & Egyptian researchers, clergy as well as the general public.
The Foundation is managed by a board of trustees headed by H.H. Pope Tawadros II, and enjoys his continuous patronage of its activities.
The Foundation was established in 1998 by the late Dr. Fawzi Estefanos and a distinct group of professors and patrons of Coptic heritage, naming: Dr. Gawdat Gabra, Dr. Hoda Iskandar, Dr. Younan Labib Rizk, Dr. Suleiman Naseem, Dr. William Suleiman Kalada, Mr. Fahim Wassef. At the founding time, its name was the St. Mark Foundation for Coptic History Studies.
It has received the blessings of the Triangle of Mercy, Pope Shenouda III, who granted it quarters in the building of the Institute of Coptic Studies in Anba Reweiss, later on it was honored by presidency of H.H. Pope Tawadros II. His Holiness has also granted it additional quarters in the cathedral premises.
Moreover, Pope Tawadros has privileged it with a Papal Decree commissioning the foundation with several missions for the conservation of Coptic Heritage.
Papal Decree no 12 for 2019
Commissioning St Mark foundation to form A Scientific Unit for Coptic Heritage Conservation
Commissioning St. Mark Foundation for Coptic Heritage to form a “ Scientific Unit for Coptic Heritage Conservation” to attend to all its aspects, prepare generations of highly competent research cadres to study, protect and conserve the elements of this heritage and make it available to serve the academics, researchers, and all those concerned with these studies.
The Board of the foundation shall be responsible for this unit financially and administratively.
Pope Tawadros II
1st of October, 2019
The Foundation has three work programs:
Coptic Studies Program
Its aim is to support researchers in the field of Coptic Studies through organizing symposia, workshops, and publishing academic researches, as well as producing publications in English & Arabic in the fields of Coptic history and civilization
- Heritage Documentation and Preservation Program
The program works on documenting Coptic heritage elements and availing them on advanced databases, and disseminating the knowledge necessary for heritage conservation.
- Public Outreach Program:
It is concerned with raising awareness of the multi facets of Coptic civilization and presenting it in attractive contemporary forms that address the various age groups and social segments.
Over the course of 25 years, the foundation has established its impact through a wide scope of activities:
International Symposia: The foundation organizes biannual international symposia in topics related to the Coptic studies, where high-ranking scholars from around the world present their researches. The proceedings of the first 8 of these symposia were published in cooperation with the American University in Cairo.
Workshops: In addition a series of specialized workshops and courses in fields of Coptic Civilization are continuously offered
Forums for junior researchers: In order to familiarize them with the latest research methods a biannual series of forums called “The Legacy of the Grandparents in the Eyes of the Grandchildren” is organized and its research papers are published.
Documenting Coptic Heritage Sites: An ongoing program of photographing Coptic Heritage sites, has succeeded in compiling a rich database for more than 40 sites. .Some sites are presented in photography books freely available on the foundation’s website.
Cooperation with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina: The foundation has also provided 16 CDs to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, with approximately 350 thousand titles recorded, and 760,000 pages of manuscripts, representing about 40% of the Coptic manuscripts found abroad, His Holiness, the late Pope Shenouda III has presented them to the Library of Alexandria on his first historical visit in 2003.
Up till October 2022, the Foundation has issued 25 Arabic and English publications:
- “Christianity &Monasticism” series of 8 volumes in English, published in cooperation with the American University in Cairo press, each volume is concerned with the History of Christianity and Monasticism in one of Egypt’s regions: Fayoum, Upper Egypt in two parts, Wadi El-Natrun, Aswan and Nubia, Central Egypt, Northern Egypt, Alexandria, and Western Desert.
- The American University also participated in publishing two books in English, “Coptic Civilization” and “Two Thousand Years of Coptic Christianity”.
- An Arabic series in 6 volumes on the history of Christianity and in the Egyptian dioceses covering Aswan and Nubia, the five western cities, Sohag and Akhmim, Naqada, Qus, Esna, Armant, Giza, Assiut
- A series of works of the Young Researchers Forum, of which two volumes have been published
- Various Historical booksin Arabic & English: The Calendars- Astronomically & Archaeologically, a volume on St. Mark, The heritage of Coptic literature, The History of the Coptic Nation, Women in Late Antique Egypt, New Testament scenes in Coptic Monasteries.
- An initiative has also started towards publication of accredited dissertatiotions to encourage academic degrees holders.
To contact the institution:
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 26857377 daily from 12 to 4 pm except Saturdays & Sundays
Facebook page: St. Mark Foundation for Coptic Heritage
This page is also available in: العربية (Arabic)