•  Nazeer Gayed was born on August 3, 1923, to a pious Christian family
  •  By the age of 16, he was active in the Sunday School movement
  • In 1947 he was graduated from Cairo University, and joined the Theological Seminary as a student and teaching
  • He went to Syrian Monastery on July 18, 1954, and became a monk, then priest by the name Fr. Antonious Al-Syriani
  • As a hermit, he lived in a cave, that he had carved out, for 6 years (1956-1962)
  •  In 1959 Pope Kyrillos VI appointed him to be his personal secretary
  •   On September 30, 1962, he was ordained by Pope Kyrillos VI to be Bishop of Christian Education and Dean of the Theological Seminary by the name Bishop Shenouda 
  • On November 14, 1971, Bishop Shenouda was consecrated as the 117th Pope of Alexandria by the name Pope Shenouda III
  • He conducts a weekly meeting, attended by over 7000 of the faithful at St. Mark Cathedral; besides another biweekly meeting in Alexandria
  • He became the 1st Patriarch of Alexandria since the 5th Century to be the Dean of the Theological Seminary
  • He established other branches of the Seminary in Egypt as well as in USA, Australia, and UK, as well as 3 graduate institutes: Biblical Studies, Hymnology and Coptic Language in Cairo
  • On November 29, 1993 he officially opened the Institute of Pastoral Care
  • He continues to lecture at these institutes on a regular basis
  • He has been the editor-in-chief of El-Keraza magazine, the official publication of the Coptic Church, since 1962
  • He also writes 4 articles weekly for different newspapers
  • He is the author of more than 170 books in different aspects; about half of them have been translated into English, French, German, Italian, and other languages (i.e. more than 15)
  • Pope Shenouda saw his house arrest for 40 months in St. Bishoy Monastery by President Anwar Sadat as an opportunity for spiritual retreat and wrote 16 books during that time 
  • For his erudition in theology and scripture, he has been awarded 8 Honorary Doctoral Degrees, one of them from Nashotah House in Wisconsin, the oldest Theological seminary in the USA, in May 2, 2001