His Excellency Bishop Sarhad Yawsip Jammo
Excellency Bishop Sarhad Yawsip Jammo was born in Baghdad on March
14, 1941 . After completing elementary school at St. Joseph Elementary in
Baghdad and high school at the Chaldean Patriarchal Seminary in Mosul, he moved
to Rome at the age of 17, where he spent the next ten and half years of his
Between 1958 and late 1964, he studied at the Pontifical
University the Urbaniana, where he earned a Master's Degree in Philosophy and
Master's Degree in Theology. He continued his studies at the Pontifical
Institute for Eastern Studies where he obtained a Doctorate in Eastern
Ecclesiastical Studies with his doctoral dissertation, "The Structure of
the Chaldean Mass."
Having completed his studies in Rome , he returned to Baghdad
, where he was appointed pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish from 1969 to
1974, during which time a new church building and rectory were built. In 1974,
he was appointed rector of the Chaldean Patriarchal Seminary, in which capacity
he served until 1977.
It was after his service as rector of the seminary that he
came to the United States and was appointed as associate pastor of Mother of God
Parish in Southfield , Michigan to serve with Msgr. George Garmo, during which
time the new church was built. In September 1980, he was appointed pastor of
Mother of God Parish.
After serving in Southfield as pastor for three years, he
moved to Troy , Michigan , to become pastor of St. Joseph Church , in which
capacity he served for almost twenty years. During his time as pastor, he built
a new social hall, a meeting hall, an office building, a new rectory, and a new
church building. In 1991, he was assigned as vicar general of the Chaldean
Eparchy of the United States .
In addition to his pastoral work, Bishop Sarhad Yawsip never
ceased his academic pursuits. From 1977 to 1979 he taught courses in Eastern
Liturgies at his Alma Mater, the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome.
In 1984 and 1985, he taught at the University of Notre Dame,
and in 1987 he taught a course at the Catholic University of America in
Washington D.C. Since 1993, he has been appointed professor of Eastern Liturgies
at the Pontifical Oriental Institute, where he teaches one semester per year. He
is the author of numerous publications, particularly on the Aramaic language,
its literature, and on the history and liturgy of the Church of the East.
In the civil arena, Bishop Sarhad has been active in advancing
Chaldean and Assyrian cultural causes, and especially in expressing and
clarifying the Assyro-Chaldean historic identity. In 1981, he acted as the
principal founder of the Chaldean Federation of America. He also co-founded the
Chaldean Voice radio program and enriched the Chaldean American Youth Club with
several new activities.
In 1990, he founded the Chaldean Academy , an organization
pursuing Chaldean arts and literature, through which he produced his musical
play "Between the Tigris and the Euphrates " in 2001.
Bishop Sarhad Yawsip's most significant contributions in the ecclesial arena
have been in the areas of liturgical renewal and reunification with the Church
of the East. In the area of liturgy, he has pioneered the ceremonial,
architectural, and iconographic articulation of the Chaldean ritual.
He has also made a genuine mark in his promotion of Chaldean
liturgical music, in his development of existing melodies, his composition of
new melodies, and his formation of the St. Joseph Choir. In the area of
reunification with the Church of the East, he has also made his mark. In 1979,
he became a member of the Consultation Committee of the Catholic
Conference of Bishops, in the dialogue with the Eastern Orthodox Churches.
His work toward unity was a contributing factor leading to the
1994 Joint Christological Declaration between the Assyrian Church of
the East and the Catholic Church. Following this, in 1995, he was appointed as a
member of the Mixed Committee for Theological Dialogue between the
Catholic Church and the Assyrian Church of the East, and on August 14, 1997 he
was made Co-Secretary General of the Joint Committee for Unity between
the Chaldean Catholic Church and the Assyrian Church of the East.
His work in these committees helped lead to the 2001 Holy See
document Guidelines for Intercommunion between the Chaldean Catholic
Church and the Assyrian Church of the East.
Fr. Poulos Ghozairan (Pastor)
Born in April 22nd 1947 in the village of Karabesh in Akra,
Iraq . He entered the monastery 1959. In 1968 he made his final vows
and was ordained a priest in 1975. He was assigned as assistant to
the abbot for the novitiate. In 1977 he became the head of the
novitiate for a monastery in Baghdad . In 1981 he was assigned in
Baghdad to serve in Mar Mari parish. In 1987 he was assigned to
Mosul . From 1988 through 1994 he served in Basra. From 1994 to 2000
he was the head of the St. Joseph monastery in Rome. In September
2000 he arrived in America and served as a pastor at St. Paul
Assyrian-Chaldean Church. In 2001 he moved to Mar Auraha in Arizona.
In July 1st, 2012, he was appointed pastor of Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Chaldean Catholic Church of Sacramento in Orangevale, California.
Subdeacon Neil Shammoon Nofaley -
Subdeacon Neil was born in Baqofa - Nineveh valey (suberb of Mosul),
Iraq on April 18, 1933. He was ordained a sub-deacon of the Chaldean Catholic
Church on June 21, 1984 in Sacramento, California.
Shown (Standing) left to right are Archimandrite Maximos Mardelli, pastor of St.
Joseph Melkite Mission , San Jose; Fr. August. G. Deasio,pastor of St George Melkite
Catholic church, Sacramento; Fr. Francis Daoud, pastor of St Thomas the Apostle Chaldean
Catholic church, Turlock: Most Rev. Ibrahim Ibrahim, Chaldean Catholic Exarch Bishop
for the United States: Most Rev. Alphonse Gallegos, Auxiliary Bishop, Roman Catholic
Diocese of Sacramento; Fr. Stephen G. Washko, pastor of St Philip the Apostle
Byzantine-Ruthenian Catholic church.Sacramento:Fr. Sylvester Mc Dermott, Liason with
the Eastern Chatholic churches , Diocese of Sacramento. Kneeling are Gabriel Saco,
Chaldean Catholic reader and Neil Nofaley, newly-ordained Chaldean Sub Deacon of Sacramento.
Catholic Herald July 2nd 1984 -
The ancient language spoken by Jesus Christ-Aramaic- resounded in Sacramento’s
St. George Melkite Greek Catholic Church on Thursday evening. June 21, 1984,
as Neil Nofaley, a St George parishioner. Was ordained a sub-deacon of the Chaldean
Catholic Church by the Most Reverend Ibrahim Ibrahim . Chaldean Ex-arch of the
The ordination took place at the beginning of the Chaldean Catholic Liturgy celebrated
by Bishop Ibrahim, assisted by Fr. Francis Daoud of St. Thomas the Apostle Chaldean
Catholic Church in Turlock. Bishop Alphonse Gallegos was a special guest.
Concelebrating were Fr. August Deasio, paster of St. George; Archmandrite Maxiimos
Mardelli, pastor of St. Joseph Melkite Mission in San Jose and former pastor of St.
George; Fr. Stephen Washko, pasteor of St. Philip the Apostle Byzantine Ruthenian
Catholic Church in Sacramento and Fr. Sylvester Mc Dermott. Sacramento diocese liaison
for the Eastern Catholic churches.
The new Sub-deacon , Neil Nofaley, comments after the liturgy that it was a very special
occasion- a Chaldean ordination and Liturgy celebrated in a Byzantine church with the
participation of Roman clergy. It was like a picture of Universal Church.
Tom DuHain Deacon (Shamasha)
in 1986 by Bishop Mar Bawai Soro in the Church of the East, Assyrian rite. He served at the former St. Barnabas Parish in Sacramento and Elk Grove, California.
In 2008 he was received into the Chaldean Catholic Church, Diocese of St. Peter, following Bishop Soro's acceptance in the Chaldean Church.
Tom has been a news reporter with KCRA-TV (NBC) in Sacramento for 40 years. He previously served two terms as an elected Trustee with the Los Rios Community Collage District.
Also, he is a cancer survivor having completed successful treatment for lymphoma in 1999.
He is married to Susan Kennedy DuHain. They have four daughters and four grandchildern.