Condolence extended to the Assyrian Church of the East
The following statement was released by the NSW Ecumenical Council with regards to the passing of the Catholicos Patriarch, His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, head of the Assyrian Church of the East.
The NSW Ecumenical Council wish to express sadness and extend our condolence and sympathy to the Assyrian Church of the East, for the loss of their Catholicos Patriarch, His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, who passed away on 26th March 2015 in Chicago, USA.
Condolences goes to the Head of the Assyrian Church of the East in Australia, His Beatitude Archbishop Mar Meelis Zaia, and to his precious community that he leads.
His Holiness was born on September 15, 1935, in the province of Arbela, Assyria. From the age of 12, he served the Church faithfully with dedication all his life.
He was ordained deacon, priest, Bishop then as the Head of the Church.
For the past 49 years he served and lead the Church faithfully for the majority, in exile, in Chicago.
Before passing away, the Catholicos Patriarch instructed two senior Metropolitans of the Assyrian Church of the East to look after the affairs until the appointment of a new Head acting as the Patriarchal Vicars: His Beatitude Archbishop Mar Aprem, Metropolitan of India and Malabar and His Beatitude Archbishop Mar Meelis Zaia, Metropolitan of Australia, New Zealand and Lebanon.
His Beatitude Archbishop Mar Meelis Zaia, will return to Australia on the 14th April 2015.
Upon his return, he will arrange an Ecumenical service to receive condolence from the member churches of the NSW Ecumenical Council and from the National Council of Churches in Australia, and sister churches.
On behalf of the NSW Ecumenical Council, we extend our deepest condolence and sympathy to a church that has experienced severe persecution: being displaced from their homeland; genocide; martyrdom; destruction of their people, culture, language, artefacts, churches and history.
We pray that the Lord God comforts the Assyrian Church of the East, the Holy Synod of the Church, the flock of Assyrian Church in NSW and in Australia and worldwide.