Syriac Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate of Jerusalem
Patriarchal Exarchate of Jerusalem (Syrian)
- Catholics (including non-members)
|(as of 2015)|
|Denomination||Syriac Catholic Church|
|Cathedral||Church of Saint Thomas, Jerusalem|
|Patriarch||Ignatius Joseph III Yonan|
|Patriarchal Exarch||Camil Afram Antoine Semaan|
The Syriac Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate of Jerusalem (informally Jerusalem of the Syriacs) is a Patriarchal exarchate (missionary Eastern Catholic pre-diocesan jurisdiction) of the Syriac Catholic Church (Antiochian Rite in Syriac language and Arameic) for Palestine and Jordan.
It is directly dependent on the Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch (with see in Beirut), but not part of his or any other ecclesiastical province, and depends in Rome on the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.
Established in 1991 as Patriarchal Exarchate of Jerusalem (Palestine and Jordan), on territory (Palestine and (Trans)Jordan) previously without proper Ordinary of the particular church sui iuris, which was governed as Patriarchal Vicariate of Jerusalem of the Syriacs.
All West Syriac Rite.
Patriarchal Exarchs of Jerusalem (Palestine and Jordan)
- Father Pierre Jaroûë (? – 1820.02.25), later Patriarch of Antioch of the Syriacs (Lebanon) as Ignace Pierre VII Jaroûë ([1820.02.25] 1828.01.28 – death 1851.10.16)
- Grégoire Pierre Abdel-Ahad (1991 – 2000), Titular Bishop of Batnæ of the Syriacs (1996.06.29 – 2001.02.16); previously Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem (Palestine and Jordan) of the Syriacs (Palestine) (1978 – 1991); later Patriarch of Antioch of the Syriacs (Lebanon) ([2001.02.16] 2001.02.24 – retired 2008.01.25) as Ignace Pierre VIII Abdel-Ahad, President of Synod of the Syriac Catholic Church (2001.02.24 – 2008.01.25)
- Grégoire Pierre Melki (25 February 2002 – 20 November 2019), Titular Bishop of Batnæ of the Syriacs (2002.02.25 – present)
- Camil Afram Antoine Semaan (28 March 2020 – present)