The London Times10 November 1886


A correspondent writes: ? Mr. Athelstan Riley has just returned from Kurdistan bearing letters to the Archbishop of Canterbury from his Holiness the Patriarch Mar Shimoon, Catholicos of the East, and from Archbishop Isaac, Metropolitan of the East, acknowledging the arrival of the Rev. Canon Maclean and the Rev. W. H. Browne, who it will be remembered, left England with Sir. Riley last June to organize seminaries and schools among the Assyrians or Chaldeans of Turkey and Persia at the Patriarch?s urgent request. A college for priests and a school for boys and candidates for ordination have already been opened at Urmi, where theological and secular instruction will be given, partly by the English clergy themselves and partly under their immediate direction. Among several of the chief Assyrian ecclesiastics whom the Patriarch and the bishops are sending to the college this winter are Mar Oraham, the young Patriarch-designate (already a bishop), and several boys who are being brought up as successors to the present occupiers of the Chaldean sees, these bishoprics being confined to members of certain episcopal families by un abuse of 300 years? standing. His Grace the Primate intends to make shortly a very special appeal to Churchmen generally to enable him to carry on and to develop this work, unique in the history of Anglican missions, which has begun with such great promise.

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