Seminarians are Called to Serve in Egypt

Remoon Atef, a seminarian in Egypt, says he always had a sense that he was called to the priesthood. 

“The idea of the priesthood started very early,” he says. “I had a desire for the priesthood, it was like I heard an inner voice.”

Remoon is one of a few dozen young men in formation for the celibate priesthood at St. Leo the Great Patriarchal Seminary in Cairo’s Maadi neighborhood. 

The young men are formed to pastor the Coptic Catholic faithful, but not only. In Egypt, service to the Gospel also means service to the entire community through education, health care and social services. 

“I try to make my first and ultimate goal the same: for people to see Jesus in me when they meet me,” he says.

Meet Remoon and two other seminarians, Fadi and Milad, in the video below.

Learn more about what’s involved in the formation of priests for the church in Egypt in “Following the Good Shepherd” in our June 2022 issue of ONE.

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