Thoma Darmo

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Thoma Darmo
Catholicos Patriarch of the East
Church Ancient Church of the East ܥܕܬܐ ܥܬܝܩܬܐ ܕܡܕܢܚܐ
See Apostolic See of Seleucia-Ctesiphon
Installed 11 October 1968
Term ended 7 September 1969
Predecessor None.
Patriarch Mar Thoma Darmo is the 1st Catholicos-Patriarch of the Ancient Church of the East
Successor Mar Addai II
Other posts 120th Catholicos of the East
Ordination 11 October 1968 at St. Zaia Cathedral (Baghdad, Iraq)
Rank Catholicos-Patriarch
Personal details
Birth name Mansour Darmo
Born 1904 September 21
Died 7 September 1969
Baghdad, Iraq
Denomination Ancient Church of the East
Parents Elishai Darmo (father) and Shirine Darmo (mother)
Occupation Clergy
Previous post Metropolitan of the Church of the East in India (June 1952 – October 1968)

Mar Thoma Darmo, (b. 21 September 1904 in Mesopotamia, [present-day Iraq] – d. in Baghdad on 7 September 1969), was the first Catholicos-Patriarch of the Ancient Church of the East from 1968 to 1969.

Thoma Darmo was born as Mansour Darmo, son of Elishai and Shirine. He spent his childhood in Turkey and from 1919 in Iraq, becoming an ordained clergyman in 1921. He continued to serve in Iraq for 15 years. Then he moved to Syria where he served from 1936 to 1952.

In 1952, he was assigned as Metropolitan of the Assyrian Church of the East, based at Trichur, Kerala, India until 1968. He built a number of churches and established a number of new dioceses in India, encouraged the preparation of new clergy and established the Mar Narsai Press.

In a schism against the Catholicos Patriarch Mar Eshai Shimun XXIII because of reform issues introduced by the Assyrian Church of the East as well as the hereditary system of the Patriarchate, he voiced his opposition. This resulted in a split from the Church (then headquartered in San Francisco, now headquartered in Erbil) and Darmo became one of the founders of the Ancient Church of the East.

Subsequently, after three years of the seat of the Ancient Church of the East remaining vacant (1964–1967), Mar Thoma Darmo was elected as head of the new church as its first Catholicos-Patriarch in October 1968.

He relocated the Ancient Church of the East to Baghdad where the church is headquartered. He died the following year on 7 September 1969. He was succeeded in 1970 by Catholicos-Patriarch Mar Addai II


Mar Aprem, Mar Thoma Darmo, a Biography, (Trichur: Mar Narsai Press, 1974).

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Preceded by
Catholicos-Patriarch of the Ancient Church of the East
Succeeded by
Addai II Giwargis