On the 18th December 2011, His Grace Gabriel, Bishop of Mareotis, Patriarchal Vicar of Alexandria, by Venerable Order of His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, and in the Holy Patriarchal Church of St Savvas the Sanctified in Alexandria, conducted the ordination to the Diaconate of Hezekiel Chikoanda, a married man, holding a degree in Philosophy from the University of Malawi and a student of the Patriarchal Academy of Alexandria. 

     On the following day, 19th December 2011, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch, received in his Patriarchal Office the newly ordained Deacon, whom he congratulated and gave paternal advice.