Saint Mary's Assyrian Chaldean Church

Bishop Mar Bawai Soro

Since January 2009 His Excellency Mar Bawai has faithfully served our Chaldean people in San Diego. We, along with our families, are blessed to have this great spiritual Bishop and leader as a part of our church. For this, we thank our

beloved Eparch His Excellency Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo for both his courageous vision and pastoral plan for welcoming Bishop Mar Bawai among us.

We wish to state our deep appreciation for Bishop Mar Bawai and recognize in him the virtues of a genuine priest who so much loves Christ. His teaching, preaching and performance of the Sacraments squarely fit in the context of the ministry of other Chaldean pastors and priests of our Community.

But most significantly, we are completely impressed with Mar Bawai through the spiritual qualifications he possesses. He is always available for our spiritual needs without any hesitations, making us feel we are the center of his love and attention. We, therefore, say in one voice to the Assyrian Bishops that our love, appreciation, and gratitude for His Excellency Mar Bawai have no limits. We are thankful to the Lord for His blessings for having Bishop Mar Bawai among us. We are filled with joy and gratitude to our Lord who hears the prayers of His faithful, who transforms their weaknesses into strengths and their poverty into richness, and who will at the end vindicate those who adhere to His power and imitate His Son in their lives.

Who We Are

Mar Louis Raphael I Sako

Born in Zakho (Iraq) July 4, 1948, Patriarch Sako completed his primary studies in Mosul, before attending the local seminary of St. John, run by the Dominican Fathers.

Ordained a priest on June 1,1974,

he undertook the pastoral service at the Cathedral of Mosul until 1979. Sent to Rome, he attended the Pontifical Oriental Institute, receiving his doctorate in Eastern Patristics. He later received his Doctorate in history from the Sorbonne in Paris. On returning to Mosul in 1986, he was appointed parish priest of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

From 1997 to 2002 he held the office of Rector of the Patriarchal Seminary in Baghdad. He then returned to Mosul took over pastoral care of the Parish of Perpetual Help until the election as Archbishop of Kirkuk September 27, 2003. He received episcopal ordination on 14 November.

He has published several books on the Fathers of the Church and several articles.

Apart from Arabic and Chaldean, the Patriarch speaks German, French, English and Italian

Pope Francis

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 17, 1936, Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis on March 13, 2013, when he was named the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Bergoglio, the first pope from the Americas, took his papal title after

St. Francis of Assisi of Italy. Prior to his election as pope, Bergoglio served as archbishop of Buenos Aires from 1998 to 2013 (succeeding Antonio Quarracino), as cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church of Argentina from 2001 to 2013, and as president of the Bishops' Conference of Argentina from 2005 to 2011.

To date, his tenure has been characterized by humility and outspoken support of the world's poor and marginalized people, and he has been involved actively in areas of political diplomacy and environmental advocacy.

The tone of his papacy, which has become admired globally, was established long before his elevation to the church's highest position; however, when he was named to that post, the media quickly picked up on stories of his humility. News circulated about the fact that he returned to the boarding house where he had been staying to pay his bill personally, rather than send an assistant, and that he would choose to live in a simple two-room apartment rather than the luxurious papal accommodations in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace. In choosing to live more simply, Pope Francis broke a tradition that had been upheld by popes for more than a century.

Father Michael Barota

Father Michael Barota was born on October 5th, 1956, in Baghdad, Iraq. He was ordained a deacon in 1973. He attended Baghdad University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology in 1978 and went on to earn his Master's degree in Geo-

Chemistry in 1982. Father Michael is married and has three children. He moved with his family to the United States in 1995. In the year 2004, he was ordained a priest by His Excellency Mar Bawai Soro. In 2007, Father Michael joined the Chaldean Catholic Church and was received by His Excellency Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo. Father Michael has served as a full deacon in Iraq, Jordan, and Chicago, Illinois and has served as a priest in San Jose and Modesto, California. He is currently serving in Saint Mary's Assyrian Chaldean Catholic Church in Campbell, California.

Bishop Sarhad Yawsip Jammo

He has been the bishop of the Eparchy of St. Peter The Apostle in the United States since its inception on July 25, 2002. His bishopric currently sits at St. Peter's Chaldean Catholic Cathedral in El Cajon, California.

Mar Sarhad Jammo was born in Baghdad and ordained a priest on December 19, 1964. Following 38 years as a priest he was elevated to the episcopacy by the then Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, Mar Raphael I Bidawid. Upon his installment, his first post was to serve as bishop of the newly created eparchy, St. Peter the Apostle, which spans across nineteen states of the western USA, and where he is today.

He attended the Chaldean Patriarchal Seminary in Mosul for formation and left to Rome at the age of 17. He attended the Pontifical Urbaniana University, where he earned a master's degree in both philosophy and theology. He then pursued doctoral studies at the Pontifical Oriental Institute, where he earned a Ph.D. in Eastern Ecclesiastical Studies. His dissertation was titled, "The Structure of the Chaldean Mass". Bishop Jammo conducted instructional work at several prestigious universities. He taught at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, the University of Notre Dame, and the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

From his youth and early studies, as well as his early priesthood, Bishop Sarhad was interested in the fields of literature, history, theology and art, especially music. He authored a number of articles in different languages including French, English, Chaldean and Arabic in regards to these fields. He also authored many hymns that are included in the Patrimony of the Chaldean Church today. A number of the articles are included below.

After finishing his studies in Rome, he was appointed pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Baghdad, where he would serve from 1969 to 1974. During that time, he became the rector at the Chaldean Patriarchal Seminary in Mosul. In 1977, he was made associate pastor of Mother of God parish in Southfield, Michigan, where he would serve with Mar George Garmo. In 1983, he was appointed pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Troy, Michigan, in which capacity he would serve until his elevation to the episcopacy.

In 2002, Pope John Paul II created a second diocese for the Chaldean Church in the United States. The new diocese would divide the country between the east and west. Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo would be given an apostolic seat to preside over the Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle covering the western United States. Bishop Jammo has championed ecclesiastical renewal and reconciliation. In 2006, the Chaldean Church received Vatican approval on a reform of the Liturgy of Addai and Mari. The St. Peter Diocese has been the first to implement the reformed mass showing Bishop Jammo's passion and zeal for liturgical renewal.