The inaugural mass of a second Coptic Orthodox church in metro Detroit will be held today in Detroit, a sign of the growing Egyptian-American Christian community.
The Holy Cross Coptic Orthodox Church will be on the second floor of a building at the St. Andrew House Center for Orthodox Christian Studies in Detroit near I-96 and Telegraph Road. It’s intended to attract Egyptian Orthodox Christians from western Wayne County and the Ann Arbor area.
The first Egyptian Orthodox church in metro Detroit, St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Troy, has about 700 families and started in 1975. There are about 2,300 Egyptian-American Christians in metro Detroit, said local leaders. In Michigan, there are roughly 3,400 residents of Egyptian descent, some Christian, some Muslim, and about 220,000 nationally, according to census figures.
While Michigan is known for its sizable Arab-American population, its Egyptian-American community tends to be ...