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John E. Rybolt C.M., Ph.D.


Paul Bedjan was a nineteenth-century Vincentian who had been born in the Chaldean (East Syrian) tradition. He abandoned the rite when he entered the Congregation but continued to support Chaldeans through fund raising and publishing. He worked in present-day Iran and Europe. He founded the Catholic Press of Urmya; the press was destroyed in 1883, but he published thirty-five works from that year until 1912. Aside from a Chaldean breviary and a Chaldean missal, these included publications on theology, piety, and literature, among other topics. He is best known for the breviary and for seven volumes on the martyrs and saints of the East. His works aided the Chaldean Church’s development and gained recognition for Syrian Christianity.