Ignatius Antony I Samheri

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Ignatius Antony I Samheri
Patriarch of Antioch
ChurchSyriac Catholic Church
SeePatriarch of Antioch
Installed8 December 1853
Term ended16 June 1864
PredecessorIgnatius Peter VII Jarweh
SuccessorIgnatius Philip I Arkus
ConsecrationJanuary 1826 (Bishop)
by Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius George V
Personal details
Birth nameAntony Samheri
Born3 November 1801
Mosul, Iraq
Died16 June 1864(1864-06-16) (aged 62)
Mardin, Turkey

Mar Ignatius Antony I Samheri (or Antun Semhiri , Samhery, 1801–1864), a converted bishop from the Syriac Orthodox Church, was Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church from 1853 to 1864.


Antony Samheri was born on 3 November 1801 in Mosul in a Syriac Orthodox family. He was ordained priest on 15 August 1822 and consecrated coadjutor bishop of Mardin in January 1826 by the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius George V.[1]

In the Dayr al-Zafaran monastery he found books about the Catholic Church and he took into the Catholic faith. He spoke with his Patriarch who said him to take time, but on 17 March 1828, with Grégorios Issa Mahfouz bishop of Jerusalem and one hundred fifty families, Antony Samheri formally joined the Syriac Catholic Church. For this act he was imprisoned and humiliated for eight months, till a payment of a ransom to the local Ottoman authority.[2] In 1840 he was appointed patriarchal vicar for the Melkite community in Amid.

He was elected Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church on 30 November 1853, enthroned on 8 December 1853, and early in 1854 he traveled to Rome where Pope Pius IX personally invested him on 7 March 1854.

From Rome Antony Samheri went in France (he was the godfather of Louis Napoléon), Belgium and Netherlands to raise funds. After two years of traveling in Europe Rome urged him to return to his flock,[3] where he financed the building of many churches.

He died in Mardin on 16 June 1864.[4] The present bishops of the Syrian Catholic Church derive their apostolic succession from him.


  1. ^ Mamarbaschi, Jean (1855). Les Syriens catholiques et leur patriarche Mgr Ant. Samhiri. Paris. p. 6. Retrieved 2009-04-24.
  2. ^ "Sa Béatitude Ignace Antoine I Semheri". Wikisyr. Retrieved 2009-02-28.
  3. ^ Frazee, Charles A. (2006). Catholics and Sultans: The Church and the Ottoman Empire 1453–1923. Cambridge University Press. p. 294. ISBN 978-0-521-02700-7. Retrieved 2009-02-25.
  4. ^ "Patriarchal See of Antioch". GCatholic.org. Retrieved 2009-02-28..


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