First Coptic Bishop of Ireland
His Grace Bishop Antony entered the monastic life in 1981 at the Anba Bishoy Monastery where he was ordained as a monk and priest by the name of Father Akxious El Anba Bishoy.
Then he started his mission in Switzerland and later the Republic of Ireland and the UK. In 1995 His Holiness Pope Shenouda III ordained Father Axious as a Bishop by the name of Bishop Antony to be the first Bishop of the Coptic Diocese of Ireland, Scotland, North East England and its affiliated regions.
During his visit to Ireland, he revealed to Conor Deane how he is suffering three cancers, has Parkinsons and is wheelchair bound. But he sees this all as the path to Heaven along with the persecution Coptic Christians have experienced down through the ages.