Father Augustinos Ragheb Hanna was born on February 19, 1935 as Maher Ragheb Hanna. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law from the University of Cairo Law School in 1957. He practiced law in Egypt from 1957 – 1981.
He was nominated by the Coptic Church to represent it in Middle East Council of Churches and served therein as member from 1974 -1981. In his capacity as attorney, Mr. Hanna was the attorney of H.H. Pope Shenouda from 1976 – 1981. In 1978 he served as secretary of the Unified Christian Family Law Committee on behalf of all Christian denominations in Egypt and also was elected as member of the Coptic Orthodox Church Council (El Magless El Meli) of Cairo. In 1979 he was elected to the Legal committee of the National Democratic Party of Egypt where he served as member until 1981.
Throughout his professional legal career Mr. Maher Ragheb Hanna served God and gave his service the utmost priority. From 1978 to 1981 he taught Old Testament in the Coptic Seminary in Egypt. He served in many different churches all over Egypt and was youth leader of the college youth in St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in El Agouza, Cairo, Egypt. In 1981 he represented the Egyptian Bar Association in that year’s International Conference of Attorneys taking place in Manhattan, N.Y., U.S.A.
That same year Mr. Hanna and his family relocated to the U.S. to start a new life in America. On November 14, 1989, H.H. Pope Shenouda III ordained him Priest by the name of Fr. Augustinos. He has served at the Church of Saint John Coptic Orthodox Church in Covina, California, since then.
From 1990 – 1995 Fr. Augustinos taught Old Testament in Pope Shenouda III Coptic Orthodox Seminary in Los Angeles. Fr. Augustinos also began service at the Church of Saint Mary in Victorville, California, St. Anthony and St. Abanoub in Corona, California, as well as, St. Mark Coptic Church in Phoenix, Arizona.