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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Successful Thesis Proposal Hearing!


Dear friends,

This afternoon 7 December, 2010 I had my Thesis Proposal Hearing at the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University.

By the grace of God and through your prayers it was a very fruitful and successful hearing. All three professors were satisfied that this thesis proposal was sound. I am indebted to my mentor, Professor John Elias who has encouraged me along this journey and has offered me great advice and guidance. I also wish to thank Professor Gloria Durka for reading my work and also for the input she has offered towards my proposal. I also need to thank another great scholar, Associate Professor Deacon Severus, who is my external reader. He has been instrumental in giving expert advice in how to proceed with this dissertation and has provided me with many valuable sources and detailed notes to guide me through the labyrinth of writing such a thesis. I am truly grateful to them all for their support and guidance.

There are many others that have assisted me to gather valuable resources for this research, in particular I wish to thank Dr. Saad Michael Saad from Los Angeles, Dr. Sinout from the American University in Cairo and Ms. Lawrence Moftah. I also wish to thank Associate Professor Paul Sedra and Professor Nelly van Doorn Harder for their insights and many sources and articles that they have kindly provided for me, they have both been most gracious and supportive. I will certainly be calling on their work and publications in my thesis. Now I can move to the final and the long journey of reading, researching and writing the actual thesis.

It is projected that it may take about two years to complete.

The photos show me pictured with my mentor, Professor John Elias and one of my readers, Professor Gloria Durka. One of the students from Nigeria, Fr. Noel Effiong, who is my colleague in the PhD program also attend, for which I was very grateful. Fr. Effiong will be defending his thesis next week and I wish him every success.

Also in attendance were two dear friends Joseph Morcos and Ralph Toss and Dina who works in development at Fordham Prep. I am grateful to all of them for their attendance and encouragement.

I also wish to thank the many well wishers both in the USA and back home in Melbourne. May the Lord reward you all for your support and prayers.

Your prayers please. Thank you.

50 comments:

  1. Congratulations Your Grace!
    Wish you all the best on the Thesis.
    Looking forward to your return to Melbourne.

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  2. Wonderful news!
    Your Grace,
    I look forward to the day your thesis on Archdeacon Habib Jirgis is published. My eyes can’t wait to read it, for I know that this is an important journey for you and for us (who one day will be fortunate enough to read it and learn a valuable of lesson from that Saint). I wish to continue to learn from Your Grace the importance of continuously learning.
    Rather it is I who am I need of your blessed prayers.
    Meena Hanna

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  3. Congratulations Sayedna, it was such an honor and a pleasure to attend. A real learning experience, may the Lord keep you, bless you and guide you through your journey to success to be a model to the Coptic World for everyone to follow. This make me proud to be a coptic egyptian.

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  4. Congratulations Sayedna,
    and wonderful double news successful hearing and your return to Melbourne.
    Looking forward to your return to Melbourne in tow weeks.
    Pray for us.
    Boshra Farag

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  5. Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement for this important project. God bless you all.

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  6. Congratulations Sayedna! I'm very happy to read your posting today and wish you great success in the writing portion of your thesis! It's a long journey, but so fulfilling when it's finished.

    I pray for all the best with your thesis and with your trip back to Melbourne.

    Please remember your USA East Coast parishioners in your prayers.

    Cindy Youssef

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  7. My congratulations, well done, and now the work begins!
    Howard M-J - Coptic Research and Resource Centre UK

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  8. Your Grace: Congratulations to us, Copts, that we have your grace taking Archdeacon Habib Jirjis's work to the next level; making it "a city on a hill" for the benefit of Coptic progress worldwide. I am overwhelmed by your dissertation project and by your gracious mention of my two cents worth of assistance with resources. -S. Michael Saad

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  9. Dear Dr Saad,

    Thank you so much for your kindness, your support and prayers. It is a big task and I hope I do not lose focus with all my pastoral work in the diocese. I believe it is an important study and I hope that it can be done properly and can shed more light on this fascinating figure of the early twentieth century.

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  10. My beloved father Bishop Suriel,

    As it’s written in the book of Ecclesiastes I 3:1 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:” I would extend the thought that you are the right man for the job with regards to Your Grace’s endeavor to pursue your doctoral dissertation on Archdeacon Habib Jirjis. I congratulate Your Grace for a wonderful and fruitful thesis proposal hearing which was accepted by the panel on Dec. 7, 2010 at 1:00 PM as I witnessed it first hand. The Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt and abroad is proud to add to its wealth of history such a scholarly dedication for an original work and research about Mr. Jirjis who was a true church leader, Sunday School reformer, and a true educator for generations to come. May the Lord give you the strength and wisdom to complete this very unique dissertation. I’m positively sure that Archdeacon Jirjis would be most proud of you, as we all are, because you are the first to shed some light on this great man to the global church community; a man whom we are indebted to his great work and efforts in our church. I know that this will take a lot of digging to do and what makes it even harder having an inadequate archiving system back home. Your Grace will do a great job as always. We are always blessed to have you as a Bishop, minister, educator, and a true friend to all of us here in the United States. Please remember us in your prayers.

    In Christ,

    Joseph Morcos

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  11. Dear Joseph,
    Thank you so much for your kind words. Thank you also for all your support during the past eight months during my stay in the USA. Your dedication and service that you offered me will never be forgotten. May God bless you and your family.

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  12. This was certainly wonderful news! Having successfully hearing of your thesis proposal was the first step on finishing your degree. Anyway, what happened to your thesis writing? I hope everything went well after the proposal hearing.

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