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Our World
(from Catholic Near East July – August 1995)

Rest in Peace
Posted: 01 Jul 1995

We were deeply saddened by the death on Easter Sunday of Mar Athanasius Yeshue Samuel, 87, Primate of the Syrian Orthodox Church in the United States and Canada. Mar Athanasius was ordained Archbishop of Jerusalem and Transjordan in 1946. In 1949 he was sent to the United States to collect funds for Palestinian aid and was asked to remain. By 1957 members of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America had petitioned the Patriarch of Antioch for a permanent bishop; Mar Athanasius was then named Primate.

The Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, celebrated the funeral liturgy at St. Mark’s Syrian Orthodox Cathedral in Teaneck, NJ.