New Eparchy for Chaldean Catholics in Canada

Friday, June 10 2011

Ottawa, June 10, 2011– After having consulted the Holy See, the Synod of Bishops of the Patriarchal Chaldean Church has established the Eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto of the Chaldeans, for all Chaldean Catholics in Canada. At the same time, with the approval of the Holy Father, the Chaldean Synod of Bishops has appointed as the first Eparchial Bishop of the new Eparchy the Most Reverend Hanna Zora, who until now has been the Archbishop of the Chaldean Eparchy of Ahwaz. The Eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto is the first Chaldean Eparchy in Canada.  The new eparchy has 38,000 Catholics served by four priests.

At the moment of his nomination, Archbishop Zora was pastor of the Good Shepherd Chaldean Parish in North York, Ontario, which until now has been under the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto.

The number of Chaldean Catholics in Canada has greatly increased over recent years, especially because of Iraqi refugees coming to Canada. Many of these have settled in Toronto and Vancouver, as well as Ottawa, with the assistance of local Catholic immigration centres and also often sponsored by local Roman Catholic parishes. The Chaldean Catholic Patriarchate is based in Baghdad. Chaldean Catholics have traditionally been located in Iraq, Iran and Syria.