In Memoriam: His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas (1933-2014)

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

In Memoriam: His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas (1933-2014) 

Washington, DC | | March 21, 2014 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) sends deep condolences over the passing of His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church. His Holiness was called to his eternal rest today, March 21, 2014, following a heart attack while in Germany for medical treatment. 

Eighty years of age, His Holiness was born in Mosul, Iraq on April 21, 1933 and served as the Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church since his election to the Patriarchal See of Antioch on September 14, 1980.  He was also an outstanding theologian and scholar.  He authored a number of books on Christian education, theology, history, and culture in Syriac, Arabic, and English languages.

The presence of Syrian Orthodox Church in America dates back to the late Nineteenth Century, when religious persecution forced immigration from the Ottomans to the United States and Canada.  From the 1960’s through the 1980s, new Syrian Orthodox parishes were established in California, Southfield, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; West Roxbury, Massachusetts; Portland, Oregon and Long Island, New York, as well as in the Washington, DC area and Canada.

St. Mark’s Syriac Orthodox Cathedral will host a special gathering tomorrow: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 7PM to 9PM at St. Mark’s Cathedral, in Teaneck, NJ. It is an open invitation to the local Clergy and the parishioners. Click here for details.

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