On September 9, 2023, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the monastic tonsure of seminarian deacons: Imad Syryany, Abrohom (Jake) Jacob, Touma (Waseem) Al Niser, and the two celibate priests Fr. Marcos and Fr Jose, after the morning prayer at the altar of the Martyrs of Sayfo in Mor Aphrem Theological Seminary in Maarat Saydnaya – Damascus.
Their Eminences Archbishops: Mor Yacoub Babawi, Patriarchal Vicar for the Affairs of Monks and the Administration of Mor Aphrem Theological Seminary, Mor Theophilus George Saliba, Patriarchal Advisor, Mor Nicolaos Matta Abdelahad, Patriarchal Vicar in Spain, Mor Athanasius Touma Dakkama, Patriarchal Vicar of the United Kingdom, Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Archbishop of Homs, Hama, Tartous and Environs, Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates, Mor Anthimos Jack Yakoub, Patriarchal Vicar in Jerusalem, Jordan and the Holy Land, Mor Boutros Kassis, Archbishop of Aleppo and Environs, Mor Cyril Babi, Patriarchal Vicar for the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Mor Severius Roger Akhrass, Patriarchal Vicar for the Syriac Studies, Mor Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Assistant, Mor Christophoros Markose Abraham, Patriarchal Secretary for the Affairs of the Church in India, Mor Andrawos Bahhi, Patriarchal Vicar for Youth Affairs and Christian Education, and Mor Augeen Al Khoury Nemat, Patriarchal Secretary, assisted His Holiness during the celebration of the rite of the tonsure. His Excellency Msgr. Ibrahim Ibrahim, Greek Catholic Archbishop of Zahleh and Ferzol, and Msgr. Habib Mrad, Syriac Catholic Patriarchal Secretary, were also present.Click to view slideshow.