A married layman and father of three, Boutros Cassab is said to have had an ecumenical spirit and great influence on the mission of the Melkite Church and the Middle East. He was involved in charity work with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and with youth groups. His apostolic work in Alexandria earned his the title the “Apostle of Upper Egypt and the Delta.” He died on March 23, 1986.
The opening ceremony was held on August 8, the 102nd anniversary of Cassab’s birth. His virtues were recounted by the Patriarch Gregorios III, who said, “Boutros Cassab “is without a doubt the layman who has had the biggest influence on the Church of Egypt… He constantly repeated that the ‘work within the Catholic Church is all my life!’”.