Father Abanoub Attalla
Father Abanoub first arrived in Australia at the age of 9 where he entered primary school in Ascotvale followed by Lyndale Secondary College in Dandenong. He then completed his tertiary qualifications at RMIT University with a maths degree (majoring in Statistics). He also previously studied a one year degree in Mechanical Engineering.
On Thursday 2 April, 2009, His Grace Bishop Suriel attended the graduation of Very Reverend Fr. Abanoub Attalla at Monash University, Clayton. Fr. Abanoub graduated with a Master in Counselling.
The ceremony was attended by about two thousand people including the Chancellor, faculty, graduates, family and friends. Fr. Mark Attalla (brother of Fr. Abanoub), Taconi Hala, Bishoy Attalla and Fr. Abanoub's parents were also in attendance to share this joyful day. Fr. Abanoub has been appointed to teach units on counselling at Saint Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Theological College beginning in second semester, 2009.
On behalf of the Diocese of Melbourne, we congratulate Fr Abanoub Attalla on this fine achievement and we look forward to his continued success and development of effective Orthodox Christian Counselling courses in the near future, as well as setting up a Christian counselling centre. His Grace Bishop Suriel is eager to encourage clergy and laity to further their studies in all fields of ministry in order to build a strong academic faculty for the Theological College for the future of our Church in Australia. Several new initiatives on religious education and theological studies will be announced throughout this year to better serve our community. May God bless