The Saint, Anba Abraam, Bishop of El-Fayoum and El-Giza "The friend of the poor" 1829 A.D. - June 10th, 1914 A.D.
The Saint, Anba Abraam, Bishop of El-Fayoum and El-Giza was born in 1829A.D. (1545 Martyrs) in a small village called Delga, 16 Miles (27 Km.) south west of Malawi in the episcopate of Dyrout. His name by birth was Boulos (Paul) Ghobrial. His parents were righteous people. They raised him up loving our lord Jesus Christ and the church. Boulos’ parents sent him to the church school "Kouttab" where he was taught reading, writing, arithmetic and the Holy Bible. He was also taught Hymns, psalms and praises. He had always desired to learn with meekness and politeness.
At age 8, his mother had a serious illness which led to her departure. His father cared for him thereafter.
At age 15, as he was a bright student, he distinguished himself in his knowledge of the Holy Books and Church Hymns, so the village priest recommended him to the then bishop of Dyrout, Anba Youssab (Joseph) who ordained him a deacon for the church of Gilda. Boulos heart longed for monastic life, so he went to the Monastery of St. Mary Known as "Al-Meharaq" in mount qusqam, El-Quosseiah, south of Assiut. At the monastery, he worked hard while being quiet, and for this reason, he was loved by his fellow monks. They nominated him to be elevated from novas (beginner under test) to be a monk. He was only 19 years of age when he became a monk in 1848 AD and his name was kept as Monk Boulos El-Maharaquey.
He was humble and he had a pure life. He prayed much in seclusion and he had an amazing love of giving to the needy. Accordingly, the monks loved him exceedingly. When Anba Yakobos (Jacob), bishop of El-Meniah, heard of him, he summoned him. He retained him to assist him in the episcopate for a period of time during which he promoted him to a priest.