The Chaldean Synod was held in the convent of the Sisters of Daughters of Mary in Baghdad from 5 to 10 June 2013, and the assembled Fathers elected the new Bishops for the Dioceses with vacancy and an Auxiliary Bishop, and his Holiness Pope Francis approved their election. The new Bishops are: Dominican Father Dr. Yousif Thomas Mirkis, archbishop of the Chaldean Diocese (Archeparchy) of Kirkuk and Sulaymaniyah (that was merged legally and administratively with the Diocese of Kirkuk), and Father Habib Hermuz Jajou Al-Nofaly, archbishop of the Chaldean Diocese of Basra and the South, Father Dr. Saad Sirop Hanna, Titular Bishop of (Hirta) as Auxiliary Bishop for the Patriarchate. Also, Bishop Bawai Soro was accepted in the Chaldean Church and the Holy father gave him the titular see of Foraziana.
And hopefully, soon the procedures relating to the Diocese of Saint Thomas the Apostle will finish.
His Beatitude the Patriarch, the Curia, and the web-site offer heartfelt congratulations coupled with prayer for the new Bishops for fruitful service in the vineyard of the Lord
Bishops Biography of the Newly Elected
Father Dr. Yousif Thomas Mirkis, Dominican Fathers
Born in the city of Mosul on 21 June 1949, he studied at St John Seminary for the years 1962-1971, and then he joined the Dominican Fathers order and completed his education in Paris and obtained DEA (High Diploma) from Nanterre's University (Paris, France) in mythology, and a doctorate in theology from the University of Strasbourg (France). He was ordained priest in Mosul on 26 March 1980. He taught and is still teaching at the Patriarchal Seminary, as well as he is Professor of Theology and Philosophy at the College of Babylon, and a lecturer in theological courses. Since 1995, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine “Al-Fikr Al-Masihi” (The Christian Thought). He has participated in several international conferences. Father Yousif has several publications and more than 400 articles. He speaks Arabic, Chaldean, French and English.
Father Habib Hermuz Al-Nofaly
Born in Bakova, Tel Kaif District on 28 February 1960, he studied Geology in the Faculty of Science in Mosel and obtained Master's Degree in 1989, served eight years and half in the military. He entered the Patriarchal Seminary and was ordained priest in 1998, and served in St. Georges Church,. He taught at the College of Babylon and the Christian Education Institute, and worked in the “Ma-Bayn-Alnahrain” magazine and “Najm Al-Mashreq”. Since 2004, he serves the Chaldean Mission in Britain. Father Habib holds diplomas in English, Journalism, and Catechism, and Master degree in Theology. He has several publications and articles in a variety of areas. He speaks Chaldean, Arabic and English.
Father Dr. Saad Sirop Hanna
Born in Baghdad on 6 September 1972, he completed his education in Baghdad. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1994. He entered the Seminary in 1995, and after studying philosophy, he was sent to Rome in 1995 and earned a Bachelor Degree in Theology from the Pontifical Urban University in 2001. He completed his postgraduate studies in philosophy and theology and earned a BA in Philosophy from the Gregorian University in 2003. He was ordained priest on 13 October 2001. He had several positions including: Pastor of St. Jacob Church and Bishop of Nisibis in 2004 and in 2008 he obtained a Doctorate in Philosophy. Since 2009, he serves the parish of St. Joseph in Baghdad. He has several publications and written and translated articles.
Father Saad Sirop was one of the first priests who were kidnapped. He stayed a month on kidnapping and tortured and released after payment of ransom. He kept on serving in Iraq and did not leave it. Father Saad speaks Chaldean, Arabic, Italian and English.
Reception of Bishop Dr. Bawai Soro in the Chaldean Church
Bishop Soro was born in Kirkuk, Iraq, 1954. He was ordained priest in the Assyrian Church of the East in 1982 and a Bishop in 1984. He holds a Master Degree in Theology from the Catholic University, Washington, USA, and a PhD from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (also called Angelicum) in Rome. Bishop Soro published several articles in theology and history, and published his thesis in English and was translated into Arabic and published in Beirut. Bishop Soro speaks Chaldean, Arabic and English