HG Mar Awraham Youkhanis

His Grace Mar Awraham was born on the Feast of the Epiphany (6 January) in the year of our Lord 1989, in Basra, Iraq; to parents Dr David Youkhanis and Mrs Moren Alexander Youkhanis. His Grace is brother to two siblings, an older brother, Mr Nenos Youkhanis and his wife Mrs Ninorta Youkhanis; and a younger brother, Rev Fr Ramen Youkhanis.

His Grace and his family left Iraq in the year 1993, spending two years in Greece, in hopes of finding a new home. They migrated to Sydney, Australia in the year 1995, where they settled and made their new home.

It is in Sydney where his ministry began, ordained a priest at 21 years old, he quickly galvanised the Youth in the diocese of Australia and New Zealand. He created and developed ACEYA and ACECA (Assyrian church of the East Youth Association and Childrens Association), membership to which includes Youth outings, fundraisers and at the heart of it all, weekly Bible studies. It is today the strongest its ever been and continues to flourish.

In 2019, the Holy Synod of the Assyrian Church of the East gathered in Northern Iraq and took the decision that Rev Narsai Youkhanis was to take up his Episcopal See in the city of London, England and that he would serve as the Bishop for the newly created Diocese of Western Europe. The Diocese includes parishes in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Austria, The Netherlands and Greece.

On 26th May 2019, Rev Narsai Youkhanis was consecrated to the rank of Bishop and took the name Mar Awraham Youkhanis in a ceremony attended by almost 5000 people and presided over by His Holiness Mar Gewargis III Sliwa, Patriarch of the Holy Apostolic Assyrian Church of the East.

He arrived in London on 28th June 2019. Since his arrival he has established the Youth Association and the Childrens Association as well as Hospitality Groups and Events Committees.

Clerical Ordinations

Lector on Feast of Hosannas (9 April 2006)
Sub-deacon on First Sunday of the Hallowing of the Church (5 November 2006)
Deacon on Commemoration of Mar Yousip Khnanisho (8 July 2007)
Priest on Seventh Sunday of Summer (22 August 2010)
Chorbishop on Sixth Sunday the Great Fast (2 April 2017)
Archdeacon on Third Sunday of the Resurrection (5 May 2019)
Bishop on Sixth Sunday of the Resurrection (26 May 2019)

Church Service

Joined St Hurmizd’s Cathedral choir at the age of 12
Student at Rabi Alexander (Shoora) Michailian’s community violin school from the age of 12
Secretary to the Metropolitan Mar Meelis Zaia AM from 2010-2019
Youth and Children’s Associations Chaplain from 2010-2019
Chaplain at St Hurmizd’s Assyrian Primary School from 2010 -2012
Chaplain at St Narsai Assyrian Christian College from 2012-2013
Director on The Assyrian Schools Board from 2010-2019
Secretary to the Family Tribunal from 2018-2019
Member of the Commission of the Middle East of the New South Wales Ecumenical Council from 2015-2019


Primary Education, 1995-1996, Fairvale Public School
Primary Education, 1997-2000, Prairievale Public School
High School Education, 2001-2006, St Johns Park High School
Bachelor of Architectural Studies, 2007-2010, University of New South Wales
Master of Arts in Early Christian and Jewish Studies, 2011, Macquarie University
Postgraduate Certificate of Arts in Ancient History, (Research), 2012, Macquarie University
Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies, 2012, Australian Catholic University
Master of Theological Studies, 2013, Australian Catholic University
Diploma of Language Studies (Classical Syriac and Classic Hebrew), 2012-2013, The University of Sydney
Doctor of Philosophy in History and Archaeology (Thesis Title: The Book of Admonitions to Hermits and Monks By ʿAḅed-Mšīḥā Ḥīrtāyā: A Critical Edition of the Syriac Texts and English Translation with Introduction and Critical Notes), 2013-2023, Macquarie University