Friday, June 01, 2012

His Grace Mar Paulus Benjamin was ordained in Chicago on Sunday, May 27, 2012 in the city of Chicago at the St. George Assyrian Church of the East Church by our Patriarch, His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV. We look forward to many years of his grace and leadership and offer to him our sincere congratulations and prayers in his service to our Holy Church in the days and years to come. May our Lord continue to Bless him in his new role as Bishop. 

Biography of His Grace Mar Paulus Benjamin, Bishop of the Eastern Diocese of the United States:
Courtesy of the Voice of the East magazine published by the Archdiocese of India and the UAE. It is from the March-April 2012 issue and was written about HG Mar Paulus prior to his consecration to the Episcopal See while he was still a Chor-Bishop. It is as follows: 

Cor-bishop Paulus Benjamin was born Korosh Benyamin, to his mother Roza Jacob (daughter of the late Qasha Keshto Yakob) and to his father Yoarash Benyamin on June 24, 1968 in the village of Qala, Urmia (Iran). He was tutored in the services of our Church by the late Archdeacon Qasha Aprim Mar Yonani, and was ordained a deacon by His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV on June 24, 1984 at St. George Cathedral, Tehran. Qasha Paulus received his B.A. in Social Communications from the University of Tehran in 1993. He served the military from 1993 to 1995. In 1996, he was sent for higher theological studies to Rome by His Holiness. After studying at the Pontifical Gregorian University, he received the S.T.B. in Philosophy in 1998 and the S.T.B. (Bachelor of Sacred Theology) in Theology in 2001. He was ordained a priest on September 13, 2001 at Mar Gewargis Cathedral, Chicago, by His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV. He is presently a candidate for the S.T.L. (Licentiate of Sacred Theology) in Canon Law and has already finished his doctorate courses as required by the Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome. In the summer of 1999, he spent 3 months with Archdeacon Yonan Youel in London, England studying Aramaic, and did a course in French language at Bisancon, France in the summer of 2002. Qasha Paulus came to the US in July of 2007 and in 2008 was appointed assistant vicar of Mar Gewargis Cathedral, Chicago. In 2009, he was appointed the vicar of said parish. On March 20, 2011, he was raised to the rank of Cor-bishop by H.G. Mar Awa Royel, Bishop of California, at the directive of His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV.

  Source: Voice of the East magazine March 2012-April 2012 edition published by the Archiodese of India and UAE