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The Patriarchate of the Assyrian Church of the East

The Youth Association of the Assyrian Church of the East in Sydney organised a gathering of the faithful to which an invitation was extended to His Grace Mar Meelis Zaia AM, Bishop of the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand to present an important historical lecture concerning the Patriarchal Seat and Succession within the history of the Assyrian Church of the East on Sunday the 13th of July 2008 at Edessa Hall to more than 500 faithful amongst whom were other clergy of the Church in Sydney. His Grace employed this important academic occasion to communicate to members of the Church in Sydney the most ancient history of the church and how its history has sustained and continued the adherence to sacred doctrines, rites, rituals and practices. His Grace Bishop Mar Meelis Zaia AM commenced the evening’s lecture by offering a short history of the Church and the extensive role it has played within Christendom.  His Grace also explored and emphasised the hardships that the Assyrian and other peoples have faced during the long 2000 year history of the Church of the East and the blood that has been shed by Martyrs for the Holy Church. Within the lecture His Grace urged …

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Consultative Dialogue in Chicago

An informal consultation between representatives of the Catholic Church and the Assyrian Church of the East took place near Chicago, Illinois, USA, on June 13 and 14, 2008.  This was a follow-up meeting one year after the visit of His Holiness Patriarch Mar Dinkha IV to Pope Benedict XVI in Rome.  The meeting was hosted by the Assyrian Church of the East at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois. The representatives of the Assyrian Church of the East were Reverend Cor-bishop George Toma, of St Andrew parish in Des Plaines, Illinois, Reverend Cor-bishop David Royel of Mar Yosip parish in San Jose, California, and Reverend Father William Toma of St. Mary’s parish in Roselle, Illinois.  The Catholic representatives were Monsignor Johan Bonny from the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Reverend Father Ronald G. Roberson, CSP, from the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Reverend Father Thomas Baima, of the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminar. The Assyrian representatives were designated by Patriarch Mar Dinkha IV, and the Catholic representatives by Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. During the …

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New Assyrian School in Qamishly

ACERO (Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organisation) was proud to announce the rebuilding project of the Fares Al-Koori Assyrian private Primary School in the city of Qamishly. The School is recognized by the Syrian Ministry of Education. The current School was deemed unsuitable due to its size and structure. It was built out of mud and wood pillars and could not cater for the growing number of students. Plans were developed to build a new 400 student capacity School. The School will house Assyrian students from the surrounding local areas. The School is expected to be completed in time for the Syrian summer. Bishop Afram Athneil stated “I pray the Lord’s blessings upon you and all those who find it in their hearts to share with their fellow Assyrians the many graces with which the Lord has richly blessed them.” May the Lord bless those who have made this project possible. May He also bless the Teachers and Students who continue with our language. [nggallery id=45]

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