Our Founder


Father Matthew the Poor (1919-2006)

 In the year 1948, Father Matthew sold all he owned and began a monastic life. He began his journey as a monk at St. Samuel Monastery in Upper Egypt. From there, Father Matthew was placed in many monasteries until 1969 when he was moved to St. Macarius Monastery. Upon arrival, St. Macarius Monastery was in ruins. The Monks, including Father Matthew, restored the monastery. During his lifetime, Father Matthew wrote many books that cover all aspects of religious life. He stayed at St. Macarius Monastery until his departure to the Lord in 2006.    

In the year 1948, Father Matthew sold all he owned and began a monastic life. He began his journey as a monk at St. Samuel Monastery in Upper Egypt. From there, Father Matthew was placed in many monasteries until 1969 when he was moved to St. Macarius Monastery. Upon arrival, St. Macarius Monastery was in ruins. The Monks, including Father Matthew, restored the monastery. During his lifetime, Father Matthew wrote many books that cover all aspects of religious life. He stayed at St. Macarius Monastery until his departure to the Lord in 2006.  
 


Starting Archangel Michael Coptic Care

In the year 2000, Father Matthew started Archangel Michael Coptic Care to provide relief for the poorest in Egypt. In the video below, one of the original servants tells the story of how Father Matthew began AMCC.