His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas

Happy 50th Anniversary - It is the Golden Jubilee for H.H. Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas since he became a monk in the Syrian Orthodox Church.

His Holiness Moran Mor

Ignatius Zakka I Iwas

is the 122nd Syrian Orthodox Patriach

of Antioch and All the East,

Supreme Head

of the Syrian Orthodox Church.

H.H. was enthroned

to the See of St. Peter of Antioch

on the 14th of September 1980.




He was born on the 21st of April 1933 into the faithful family of Iwas in Mosul, Iraq.

He obtained his elementary studies at the parish school of Our Lady.

He was then transferred to the Syrian Orthodox parish school of St. Thomas where he had completed his high school education.


He joined the Theological Seminary in Mosul, Iraq and was called Zakka.


He was ordained as Deacon at the rank of Reader.


He was promoted to the rank of Half-Deacon (Afodyanco).


He was honoured with the Monk's rank on the 6th of June.


He was promoted to the rank of Deacon.


He was ordained by H.H. Moran Mor Ignatius Yaqoub III as a priest on the 27th of November.


He was honoured with the Holy Cross.


He joined the General Theological Seminary at the University of New York, USA for two years and obtained a Master's degree in Pastoral Teology.


He was promoted to the rank of Archbishop and was called Mor Severius Zakka by H.H. Patriarch Yaqoub III (1957-1980+).


His Eminence Mor Severious Zakka was also appointed to become the Syrian Orthodox Archbishop for the Archdiocese of Mosul, Kirkuk and environ in Iraq on the 17th of November.


H.E. Mor Severious Zakka discovered the relics of St. Thomas the Apostle in the sanctuary wall of St. Thomas Cathedral in Mosul, Iraq while maintenance work was carried out on the cathedral.


H.E. Mor Severious Zakka was transferred and became the Syrian Orthodox Metopolitan Archbishop to the Archdiocese of Baghdad, Basra and environ. following the departure of H.G. Mor Gregorious Paulous (+).


H.E. also served as the Head of Syriac studies and a member of the educational academy.


H.E. was appointed acting Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of Australia and New Zealand


He has succeeded H.H. Moran Mor Ignatius Yaqoub III who departed this earthly world on 25th June 1980.

He was elected by the Holy Synod of the Antochian Syrian Orthodox Church to become the 121st Patriarch in the series of Patriarchs since St. Peter the Apostle on the See of Antioch.


He was consecrated as the 121st Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch in a rite officiated by the Catholicos of the East Mor Baselius Paulos II along with the Archbishops of the Holy Synod on the 14th of September 1980 at St. George's Cathedral in Damascus, Syria.

He became H.H. Moran Mor Ignatious Zakka I Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, the Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church.

Since that date, H.H. has worked and continue to work hard to serve Our Holy Church and its Flock spiritually, ecumenically and personally.

He was also appointed as the Patriarchate Secretary by H.H. Moran Mor Ignatius Afram Barsoum I (1933-1957+) and continued this position for a while at the time of the late H.H. Moran Mor Ignatius Yaqoub III (1957-1980+).

His Holiness is also:

Member of Iraq's Academy of Science.

Hon. member of the Arabic Academy of Jordan.

Fellow, Faculty of Syriac Studies, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, 1980.

Member of the World Council of churches.

Member of various other Eastern and Western Academies.

Author of numerous and valuable books in Christian education, theology, history and culture in Syriac, Arabic and English languages.

H.H. has represented our Syrian Orthodox church in several international conventions as a Patriarch or when he was an Archbishop.

H.H. puts all his efforts to the improvement and prosperity of our Holy Church. His latest achievements was the Monastery of St. Aphrem the Syrian, which was founded by H.H. in Ma'arat Seydnaya, Damascus, Syria and inaugrated by H.H. on 14th of September 1996. This Monastery forms a part of the great project which includes different centres and and facilities.






















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