Gregorius (1919-2001)

GREGORIUS (1919-2001)

A Bishop and educator. Born Wahib Atalla Girgis, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in theology from the Clerical College in 1938, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Cairo University in 1951. The University of Manchester awarded him a in Coptic studies in 1954. He taught at the Clerical College and he became the head of the Section of at the Higher Institute of Coptic Studies in 1963. Pope VI ordained him Bishop for Education and Coptic Culture in 1967.

He represented the in many international conferences and in the Assembly. Bishop Gregorius is the author of books and articles related to the Coptic Orthodox dogma, the of the Coptic Church, and the Coptic culture (in Arabic). His valuable contribution to Coptic studies is “Greek Loan Words in Coptic,” Bulletin de la Societe d’archeologie 17, (1963-1964): 63-73; 21(1971-1973):33-53.