Reverend Dr William Toma

Academic History
  • Doctorate of Oriental Ecclesiastical Sciences (Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome/Italy 2007) Concentration: Eastern Patristic Literature. Dissertation: “The Mystery of the Church.” Syriac critical edition and translation of the Rite of the Consecration of the Altar and the chapter ‘On the Consecration of the Altar’ from the Book of the Seven Causes of the Mysteries of the Church by Patriarch Timothy II (1318-1332).
  • Licentiate of Sacred Theology (Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome/Italy 2002) Concentration: Eastern Patristic Literature.
  • Thesis: “The Doctrine of Man in the 29th Homily of Narsai of Nisibis (5th Century).” Syriac Text, English Translation and Theo-Anthropological Studies.
  • Baccalaureate of Sacred Theology (University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois 1999) Concentration: Systematic Theology Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, Major in Accounting (University of Baghdad 1991)
  • Evaluation of BA degree according to American standards (Northeastern University, Chicago 1995)
Teaching Experience:
  • Adjunct Instructor at Benedictine University, Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies and Department of Languages and Literature, Lisle, Illinois – Middle Eastern Studies. (2016 – present)
  • Adjunct Instructor at the Pontifical Oriental Institute, Faculty of the Oriental Ecclesiastical Sciences, Rome, Italy. (2013 – present)
  • Member of Forum Syriacum, an international conference for scholars of the Syriac Tradition organized by Pro-Oriente, Vienna, Austria. (2011 – present)
  • Adjunct Instructor at Benedictine University, Department of Languages and Literature, Lisle, Illinois – Middle Eastern Studies. (2013 – 2016)
  • Aramaic language Instructor at the Diocese of Chicago for the Assyrian Church of the East. (2007 – present)
  • Theological Seminars for pastors and deacons of the Assyrian Church of the East in USA. (2007 – present)
  • Transcription and Proofreading of Syriac and Arabic manuscripts under the direction of the “Middle Eastern Texts Initiative,” Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA. (2001 – 2013)
  • Adjunct Instructor of Arabic language at North Park University, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Chicago. (2012-2016)
  • Co-Teaching of Arabic language at the Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago. (2008 – 2012)
  • Adjunct Instructor at Tbilisi State University, Department of Semitic Studies, Introduction to Arabic and Aramaic Christian Literature, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. (2009 – 2010)
Ecclesiastical Appointments:
  • Pastor at St. Sargis’ Parish of the Assyrian Church of the East, Chicago/Illinois. (2009 – Present)
  • Member of the Commission on Inter-Church Relations and Educational Development. (2008 – present)
Last modified: 8 May 2024

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