After he and his wife began purchasing apartment buildings in 1974, Cameel Halim successfully increased the value of his properties and eventually established CH Ventures, LLC, a business still in operation today. An active member of his community, Cameel Halim supports several local institutions, including St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church.
In 1960, a group of Egyptians came to the United States with the hope of establishing a church in the Chicagoland area. They successfully did so, initially founding St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Roselle before moving to Burr Ridge in 1982 following construction of a new church. Observing Orthodox Christianity, St. Mark’s typically unites 700 families each Sunday for service.
At each service, the church offers a liturgy with a traditional repertoire and Coptic Orthodox hymnology. During the service, parishioners pass the offering plate and are invited to make donations. The service, which lasts two hours, includes readings from a variety of tomes, including Gospels, Psalms, the Acts of the Apostles, and the Pauline Epistles.
Upon completion of the readings, parishioners listen to a sermon focusing on the Gospel of the day. The service concludes with the Holy Communion. Children are always welcome to attend the liturgy or go to Sunday School, depending upon their age.