John III of Antioch

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John III
Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East
Church Syriac Orthodox Church
See Antioch
Installed 846
Term ended 873
Predecessor Dionysius I Telmaharoyo
Successor Ignatius II
Personal details
Died 3 January 873

John III (Syriac:Mor Yuhanon) was the Patriarch of Antioch, and head of the Syriac Orthodox Church from 846 until his death in 873.


John studied and became a monk at the Monastery of Mar Zacchaeus near Raqqa, where he was also ordained as a priest. In February 846, John was elected and consecrated as patriarch of Antioch at the Monastery of Shila near Serugh after which he issued twenty-five canons.

As a result of the strained relations between the maphrian and the patriarch in past, in 869 John convened a synod at Kfar Tutho, in which he issued eight canons and it was agreed that just as the patriarch consecrated the Maphrian, the consecration of a new Patriarch would be reserved to the Maphrian.

During his reign as patriarch, John ordained eighty-six metropolitans and bishops before dying on the third of January 873.


Preceded by
Dionysius I Telmaharoyo
Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch
Succeeded by
Ignatius II