Ignatius Youssef III Younan is the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East of the Syrians for the Syriac Catholic Church. He was ordained a priest on September 12, 1971. He served as director of the Seminary of Charfet for two years, as Director of Catechesis of the diocese of Hassaké for seven years and as pastor of the Church of the Annunciation in Beirut up to 1986. In 1986 he was sent to the United States to establish missions for the Syrian Catholic faithful. On November 6, 1995, Pope John Paul II erected the Syrian Catholic Eparchy of Our Lady of Deliverance in Newark for all the Syrian Catholics of the United States and Canada, and appointed Youssef Younan as first eparch (bishop). Along with Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Younan served as a co-president of the October 2010 Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East in the Vatican.