The death of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III on 17 March, 2012 was a great loss to many people, among whom the British Orthodox Church was noteworty. His reception of our communities into the Alexandrian Patriarchate in 1994 and his constant paternal love and support, proved a great source of spiritual comfort over the years. Pope Shenouda, by recognising the needs of Western Christians to regain their Orthodox heritage, set in motion a significant mission. He and Metropolitan Seraphim jointly declared,
“The British Orthodox Church … is a local church, holding to the historic faith and order of the Apostolic Church, committed to the restoration of Orthodoxy among the indigenous population and desiring to provide a powerful witness to the Orthodox Faith and Tradition in an increasingly secular society”.