Thank you all for the warm welcome extended to me in this forum and in the emails sent to me. Now as to the blessed Abouna Skariah. I first encountered him at St Virgin Mary's Coptic Church in Melbourne during a visit to Australia by HG Antonious Markos in the early 1980s. I instantly loved him the moment I met him. He was the embodiment of all that it meant to be a little disciple of Jesus. I was an Anglican in those days and becoming increasingly interested in Orthodoxy. Abouna was at my ordination to the Anglican priesthood, again there at my Baptism/Chrismation into Holy Orthodoxy and continued to support me during the early days of my ministry in the Orthodox church. What can I say of Abouna's struggles as I witnessed them here in Australia? From the wonderful biographical material posted by dhinuus, thanks so much for that, it can be said that Abouna continued the same serving here in Australia. He took people in, he clothed and fed them he counselled them. He endured criticism from many quarters yet sailed above all of it. I have never ever met a man so God-centred. He loved me, cared for me and counselled me. He put up with my pride and self centredness. He would gently correct me and show me the right path. He was an ikon of forgiveness, this to me was his chief virtue. I was blessed to spend 7 weeks living with him in 1992 when we went on pilgrimage to Jerusalem the blessed city for Pascha in 1992. We also went to Egypt to receive the blessings of beloved Baba Shenouda. It was there, with Abouna Skariah, that I encountered Fr Suriel (as he was then). Little did I know that nearly 20 years later I would have the privilege of being received into the Coptic church at his blessed hands! He lived an ascetic lfe for all those years he was in Australia. He radiated joy wherever he went, possessed a wonderfully innocent and joyful sense of humour and trusted every soul that came into his life. These words I have written are absolutley true and sober reflections on my experience of a living Saint. I have many many many stories that I could recount of my experiences with him over approx 10 years of life with him. After he returned to India we corresponded a little however we lost contact. In 2004 or 2005 I received a surprise phone call form a mutual acquaintance in Melbourne "Abouna is here and wants to see you!". And again how wonderful providence is and I weep as I recall this for I had not realised the significance until just now retelling this event.....he asked me to attend him at St Virgin Mary Church in Melbourne the very church I had first met him and the beloved Coptic church that I now belong to! Dearest friends all we need to do in our lives is to scrape the scales form our eyes and we will see the providence of God and inner harmony of His ways in allthings! Anyway to complete the story....as I approached the church I became increasingly excited to see again this beautiful soul that God had sent into my life. And there he was sitting outside in the warm evening air eating a melon and beaming with love and joy. I made metania to him, kissed his blessed pure hands. We enjoyed an hour or two chatting and I left again into the night with his blessing, that blessing was a seed not just for my later entry into the Coptic church but moreso for the renewal of the priesthood which I had during that time found so heavy to bear. He has been at every step of my spiritual journey since I first met him. I will stop now as there is more to tell at perhaps a later time of his intercession for me after his repose. I can only say God is wonderful in His Saints! My deepest prayer is that this blessed man will be glorified and that God will reveal his name among the glorious Saints !!!