Patriarch His Holiness Awa Royel

His Holiness Mar Awa III Catholicos Patriarch
Education
  • E.O.D. (Doctorate of Oriental Ecclesiastical Sciences), Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome 2007 Concentration: Eastern Liturgies.
  • Dissertation: “The Lenten Liturgy of the Hours in the Assyrian Church of the East: A Historico‐Liturgical Study,” defended in June 2007, graduating with honors magna cum laude.
  • T.L. (Licentiate of Sacred Theology), Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome 2001 Concentration: (Eastern) Liturgy.
  • Master’s Thesis: “The Commentary of Mar Abraham bar Lipheh (VIIIth century) on the Liturgy and Hours: Syriac Text, English Translation and Liturgical Study.”
  • T.B. (Baccalaureate of Sacred Theology), University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein 1999; Concentration: Systematic Theology.
  • A., Loyola University of Chicago 1997 Major: Theology; Minor: Philosophy.
  Ecclesiastical Appointments:
  • Secretary of the Holy Synod of the Assyrian Church of the East, December 2008 to present.
  • President of CIRED (Commission on Inter‐Church Relations and Educational Development), December 2008 to present.
  • Consultant in Syriac and East Syrian Liturgy to the Christian Library from Turfan Research Project (Sponsored by the AHRC and SOAS of the University of London), December 2011 to present.
  • Membership of the Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Assyrian Church of the East, October 2014.
  • Co‐chair of the Commission for Bi‐Lateral Dialogue Between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Assyrian Church of the East, July 2015.
  Ecclesiastical Ordinations/Assignments:
  • Ordained deacon on January 19, 1992 by His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos‐Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, Chicago (USA).
  • 1992‐1999 Appointed to the “Literary Committee” of the Assyrian Church of the East, Chicago (USA).
  • Ordained priest on May 23, 1999 by His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos‐Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, Chicago (USA).
  • Associate Pastor and Parish School Chaplain at St. Mary’s Parish, Los Angeles, California (July 2005 to May 2006).
  • Assigned Parish Priest to Mar Yosip Parish, San Jose, California, May 2006.
  • Ordained Cor‐bishop on July 15, 2007 by His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos‐Patriarch, Chicago (USA).
  • Elected Bishop by the Holy Synod for the newly erected ‘Diocese of California’ on October 30, 2008, Dohuk, Iraq.
  • Ordained Archdeacon on November 23, 2008 by His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos‐ Patriarch, San Jose, California.
  • Consecrated Bishop for the Diocese of California on November 30, 2008 by His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos‐Patriarch, Modesto, California.
  • Consecrated Catholicos-Patriarch of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East on September 13, 2021 on the Feast of the Holy Cross, in the Cathedral Church of St. John the Baptist in Erbil, Iraq,
Last modified: February 17, 2024

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