Hormisdas Djibri

Hormisdas Etienne Djibri (Estefan Jabri)
Bishop of Kirkuk
Church Chaldean Catholic Church
Appointed 31 August 1917
Term ended 18 July 1953
Predecessor Theodore Massaieh
Successor Raphael Rabban
Ordination 4 June 1893 (Priest)
Consecration 30 Nov 1902 (Bishop)
by Yousef VI Thomas
Personal details
Born 8 January 1872
Died 18 July 1953

Hormisdas Etienne Djibri [or Stephen Jibri (Mutran Estefan Jabri)], 1872–1953) was Archbishop of Kirkuk, Sulaimaniya and Arbil of the Chaldean Catholic Church from 1917 until his death in 1953. Making him the longest serving archbishop of the Chaldean church with 46 years of service.[1]


Hormisdas Etienne Djibri (Mutran Estefan Jabri) was born in Mosul on 8 January 1872. He was ordained a priest on 4 June 1893. He was appointed auxiliary bishop of Kirkuk and consecrated bishop on 30 Nov 1902 by Patriarch Yousef VI Emmanuel II Thomas.[2]

On 31 August 1917, ArchBishop Estefan Jabri succeeded Theodore Massaieh as Archbishop of Kirkuk. Following the first world war, he found refuge for those displaced by the conflict by leading them to the city of Ninevah (Mosul) and the northern Christian villages of Iraq, including Inkawa and Alqosh. He built the Church of Saint Joseph of Kirkuk, the Church of Saint Georgis of Inkawa, the Arbil Chaldean church and the church of Saint Mary in Shaklawa. He refurbished many of existing Chaldean churches as well as preserving the heritage of monasteries, including Rabban Hormiz. He died on 18 July 1953.


  1. Fiey, Jean Maurice (1993). Puor un Oriens Christianus Novus, Repertoire des dioceses syriaques orientaux et occidentaux:. Beirut: Steiner. p. 64. ISBN 3-515-05718-8.
  2. "Archbishop Hormisdas Etienne Djibri". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
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