About us


Archangel Michael Monastery

Archangel Michael Monastery is the first Coptic Orthodox Monastery for nuns in the Southern Hemisphere, in the Diocese of Melbourne, led by His Grace Bishop Suriel who is its Bishop and Abbot. The monastery was established in January 2015, and it is also the first and only Coptic Orthodox monastery for nuns in the world to be named in honour of Michael, the great Archangel. Thanks be to God, Archangel Michael Monastery continues to grow and flourish by the grace of Jesus Christ our Lord. We ask for your continual prayers.

Our Bishop and Abbot

His Grace Bishop Suriel, was born in Port Said, Egypt on 9 May 1963. He migrated to Sydney, Australia with his parents in 1967. In 1991, His Grace departed Australia to pursue monastic life and joined the monastery of St Bishoy in Egypt.


On 6 July 1991, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III of blessed memory, consecrated him as a monk by the name of Fr Suriel El-Anba Bishoy. On 8 June 1993, Fr Suriel was ordained a priest by Pope Shenouda and continued to serve in the monastery.

On 15 June 1997,  Fr Suriel was selected and ordained by His Holiness Pope Shenouda III and the Holy Synod as a General Bishop in the Coptic Orthodox Church and given the name Bishop Suriel. Between January 1996 and November 1999, His Grace served in Hawaii and then in North America.

On 10 November 1999, His Grace was appointed Bishop of Melbourne, Canberra, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and New Zealand. He was then enthroned in his Diocese in Melbourne on 4 December 1999.

On 9 January 2015, His Grace became Bishop and Abbot of Archangel Michael Monastery.

May Christ our Lord keep His Grace for many years and peaceful times.