Announcement of New Chaldean Bishop for United States

Detroit, Michigan - 21 May, 2002 In a press release, the Chaldean Catholic Diocese of the United States announced the appointment by Pope John Paul II of a new Chaldean Bishop to lead a second Chaldean Diocese that covers the 19 Western states of United States of America. The new Diocese will be created from the territory of the Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle and it will be known as St. Peter the Apostle of San Diego for the Chaldeans. The decision of the Pope was done in accordance with the Synod of the Bishops of the Chaldean Church held in Rome in December 2001. The Holy Father gave his consent to the election as a Bishop of the Right Reverend Sarhad Jammo, Vicar General of the Eparchy of St. Thomas and Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Troy, Michigan. The date of the Episcopal Ordination and Enthronement of Right Reverend Sarhad Jammo will be determined at a later date.

Biography of Rt. Rev. Sarhad Jammo

Fr. Sarhad JammoRev. Sarhad Jammo was born in Baghdad, Iraq in March 14, 1941. He was ordained a priest in Rome in 1964 and returned to Iraq in 1969 to become pastor of St. John the Babptist in Dora, Baghdad from 1969-1974. During that time, a new church rectory were built for the parish. He became Rector of the Patriarchal Seminary in Baghdad from 1974-1977. Rev. Jammo has served the Chaldean catholic community in Michigan since 1977, when he was appointed Asociate Pastor with Msgr. Garmo at Mother of God parish in Southfield. In 1980 he became pastor of the parish and served in that capacity until 1983. In 1983, he was assigned to be pastor of St. Joseph Chaldeans catholic Church in Troy, Michigan. During his tenure a new social hall, meeing hall, a resdential rectory as well as a new church and a new office facility have been built and the old church remodeled into a cultural center. Rev. Jammo has served as Vicar General of the Chaldean Diocese in the USA since 1991. In 1993, Dr. Jammo was appointed Professor of Eastern Liturgies at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome.

 Chaldean News Agency