The Archangel Raphael Ministry

imageArchangel Raphael Ministry {A.R.M.}, an SUS Diocesan Program under the auspices of His Grace Bishop Youssef, is an exceptional ministry designed specifically for individuals with special needs---our brothers, sisters, children, and their families dealing with these challenges. Individuals with special needs include, but are not limited to persons with Autism, Down Syndrome, Rhett’s Syndrome, Psycho-Emotional Disorders, Developmental Delays, Mental Retardation, Physical Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, Varying Exceptionalities, and Exceptional Student Education.


This blessed population of our brothers and sisters has often been neglected or marginalized by the general society. Often, the families face many ordeals and hardships and sometimes quietly endure loneliness even in the church community. On many occasions, it is difficult to go to church, experience vacations, participate in youth conventions, or attend Sunday School, hymns’ camps, retreats, and family conventions hosted by our churches or the Diocese. Therefore, the gap widens and the isolation becomes more pronounced.

By the grace of God, the A.R.M. program will serve the SUS Diocese throughout the year. Links to resources will be updated periodically to provide our families with the most relevant information regarding Exceptional Student Services. Specialists from the community are available to answer general questions. A support group of parents and specialists is formed to offer assistance and guidance. In addition, stewards from the SUS Diocese and other Coptic communities who are interested in learning how to set up a Sunday School curriculum, activities, and/or services are invited to contact us for resources and training.

A unique, spiritual, informative, and enjoyable annual summer convention for individuals with special needs and their families has been established to address the many concerns associated with these challenges. Specialists and professionals from the community are invited to share their knowledge, experience, and various resources. The program includes Divine Liturgies, sermons, lectures, discussions, seminars, workshops, field trips, activities, and fun for the entire family. The conventions will take place in the beautiful and serene surroundings at St. Stephen Christian Retreat Center, Titusville, FL.


“For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways” Psalm 91:11.


Archangel Raphael Ministry (A.R.M.), a program under the auspices of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States, provides information and resources, but is not responsible for the accuracy of the information. We encourage our readers and participants to check with their local agencies.



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Mission Statement
“For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.”

Psalm 91:11