Holy Virgin Mary and Saint Pishoy Church started in 1974 when two older buildings were purchase from a local church and were situated on the area where the tower now is. One building was used for worship on the upper floor, a printing shop on the street level, and dwelling for Fr Antonious Henein and Tasoni Therese on the basement level. The other building was used for related services and activities including Sunday school, deacons’ meetings, and Coptic language classes. Further east of the two buildings there was another older small house that was the living place of Atef Girgis, now His Grace Bishop Dioscoros. Holy Virgin Mary Church was the second church established in California after Saint Mark Church in West Los Angeles. The initial congregation was about fifty families residing mainly in the neighborhoods of Eagle Rock, Glendale, Pasadena, and Arcadia and San...

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