On this day of the year 1687 AM (March 9, 1971 AD) the saintly Pope Abba Cyril, the one hundred and sixteenth among the holy fathers the Patriarchs of Alexandria departed. His name before becoming a monk was Azer Yousef Atta. Born August 8, 1902 AD (Mesori 2, 1618 AM) in the city of Damanhour to devout Christian parents. An old blind monk named hegoumen Tadros Al Baramousi used to visit the family and Azer, ever since age four used to remain close to that monk as long as his visit lasted. One night he slept on the knees of the old monk. His mother wanted to take him away but the monk told her, Leave him, he belongs to us!
When he grew up he worked for Cox company in Alexandria after finishing his studies in 1921 AD. He always preferred to stay alone in his room studying the holy Bible. He also was diligent in studying the Churchs rites, praises and hymns. His love for the monastic life was evident from the fact that he preferred to sleep on the floor rather than his bed, and his food was basically a piece of bread. He continued in this monastic way of life for five years before joining the monastery.
In July 1927, he entered the Baramous monastery during the papacy of Pope Cyril V (112th Patriarch of Alexandria) He remained as a candidate for several months and when the monks nominated him for the monastic life he was ordained as monk Mina Al- Baramousy. He chose the name Mina since he was attached to the memory of Saint Mina the wonder worker and considered him his patron saint.