His Grace the Most Rev Dr Philipose Mar Chrysostom
Mar Thoma Valia Metropolitan
|Ordained as Deacon||January 1, 1944|
|Ordained as Kasseessa||June 3, 1944|
|Ordained as Ramban||May 20, 1953|
|Consecrated as Episcopa||May 23, 1953|
|Designated as Suffragan Metropolitan||May, 1978|
|Designated as Officiating Metropolitan||March 15, 1999|
|Installed as Metropolitan||October 23, 1999|
|Designated as Valia Metropolitan||October 2, 2007|
|Having inherited the missionary zeal from his father, Vicar General Very Rev K E Oommen, he graduated from U C College Alwaye and took up the work in the Ashram at Ankola along with Rev. P J Thomas. He received theological education at UTC Bangalore and St. Augustine’s College, Canterbury. He became an ordained minister of the church in 1944 and was consecrated as Bishop with Alexander Mar Theophilus and Thomas Mar Athanasius in 1953. |
He was in charge of different Dioceses in Kerala and also was Missionary Bishop for many years. He was President of the National Christian Council of India and has attended the Assembly of World Council of Churches at Evanston in 1954, and at Upsala in 1968. He has been President of the different Organisations of the Church and the Governing Councils of different Colleges. He has attended the second Vatican Council and has thus made very valuable contributions to the ecumenical cause. He has deep concern for the upliftment of the backward communities. Through a registered organization named STARD (South Travancore Agency for Rural Development) he has helped economically backward communities of South Travancore to improve their lot and achieve self-reliance.
The administrative acumen of His Grace is far beyond what words can express. He is a spiritual leader, dynamic enabler, prolific orator, voracious reader, pungent writer, tactful negotiator, valiant defender of the law, compassionate at heart and a wonderful team man. He respects diversity of opinion, but would not easily budge or compromise ethical principles. He retains his lovable ness, humility and simplicity. He is a person with golden tongue, acceptable to all people irrespective of cast, colour or religious commitments.
His Grace the Most Rev Dr Joseph
Mar Thoma Metropolitan
|Parents||Maramon Palakkunnathu Kadone Lukose and Puthoor Mariamma|
|Ordained as Deacon||June 29, 1957|
|Ordained as Kasseessa||October 18, 1957|
|Ordained as Ramban||January 11, 1975|
|Consecrated as Episcopa||February 8, 1975|
|Designated as Suffragan Metropolitan||March 15, 1999|
|Installed as Metropolitan||October 2, 2007|
Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan belongs to the Palakkunnathu family in Maramon from which have come Abraham Malpan, the reformer and the first four Bishops of the Church after the reformation. He had his theological training at the United Theological College, Bangalore and Protestant Episcopal Seminary in Virginia, USA. He also studied in theological institutions in Canterbury, Oxford and was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity by Virgnia Seminary where he studied. He was the President of the National Council of Churches in India and Member of Executive Committees of different development agencies like CASA and ECLOF. At present he is one of the senior Presidents of CCA and the chairman of CASA. He is in charge of the Niranam Maramon and Adoor Dioceses.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius Episcopa
Parents Ashtamudi Kizhakkechakkalayil
Dr K J Chacko and Mary Chacko Ordained as Deacon 1972, June 24 Ordained as Kassissa 1973, February 24 Ordained as Ramban 1989, November 4 Consecrated as Episcopa 1989, December 9
Mar Theodosius studied at Baselious College, Kottayam and Mar Thoma College Thiruvalla. After taking a degree in Science he joined Leonard Theological College and took BD Degree in 1972. His ordination as ‘Kasseesa’ was in the year 1973. In 1980 he took a Master’s Degree in Comparative Religions from Visva Bharathi University and Doctorate from Mc Master University, Hamilton, Canada in 1986. He was consecrated as Episcopa on December 9, 1989 along with Mar Athanasius and Mar Coorilos. From 1973 onwards he was in charge of several parishes including Mumbai, Calcutta, Toronto and Nanthancode and he served as Director of Thomas Mar Athanasius Orientation Centre, Manganam. On consecration as Episcopa he was given charge of Kunnamkulam- Madras Diocese. Now he is in charge of Chennai - Bangalore and Malaysia-Singapore & Australia Dioceses.
Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius is a good scholar and his books on Reform Movements in Kerala and their Impact on Socio-Economic and Religious Life of the People have made a mark in academic circles.
Rt Rev Dr Euyakim Mar Coorilos Episcopa
Parents Kunnamkulam Cheeranveettil
Itty Many Ittyachenkunju and Saramma Ordained as Deacon 1978, April 29 Ordained as Kassissa 1978, May 16 Ordained as Ramban 1989, November 4 Consecrated as Episcopa 1989, December 9
After completing his degree and Post Graduate studies from Sacred heart College, Thevara, Cochin and Christ College, Iringalakuda, he joined Mar Thoma Seminary, Kottayam for Theological education. In 1978 he became the Kassesa and subsequently served as Parish priest at Jalahalli, Palarivattom, Colaba and Staten Island, and other Parishes. On December 9, 1989, he was consecrated as Episcopa and at present he is in charge of North America and Europe Diocese.
Rt Rev Joseph Mar Barnabas Episcopa
Parents Kottayam Ancherry Elakkattukaduppil
E V Jacob and Saramma Ordained as Deacon 1973, May 29 Ordained as Kassissa 1973, June 12 Ordained as Ramban 1993, August 31 Consecrated as Episcopa 1993, October 2
He took his degree from CMS College, Kottayam and later on studied at Bishop’s College, Kolkatta. Ordained in 1976, he has served in different Parishes in Anakulam, Mumbai, Chempur, Thurithicad and North Madras. He was also in charge of Edmonton Parish in Canada and was consecrated as Bishop on October 2, 1993 along with Mar Timotheos and Mar Philoxenos. He is in charge of the Bombay & Delhi Dioceses.
Rt. Rev. Thomas Mar Timotheos Episcopa
Parents Mulakuzha Kaleekkal Thekkethil Love Dale
Rev K N George and Rachel George Ordained as Deacon 1983, May 28 Ordained as Kassissa 1983, June 10 Ordained as Ramban 1993, August 31 Consecrated as Episcopa 1993, October 2
Having done his college education and later Post Graduation in Gujarat, he joined Union Theological College, Bangalore for his theological studies. He worked as a lecturer for a short period in Gujarat and was ordained in 1983 and served as a Parish priest in various places- Surat, Barooch, Vapi and Gudalur. He was consecrated as Bishop on October 2 1993. He is in charge of the Kunnamkulam-Malabar Diocese.
Rt. Rev.Dr.Isaac Mar Philoxenos Episcopa
Parents Mavelikkara Cherukole Attupurathu
A M Issac and Mariamma Ordained as Deacon 1976, May 29 Ordained as Kassissa 1976, June 9 Ordained as Ramban 1993, August 31 Consecrated as Episcopa 1993, October 2
Born at Attupurathu house, Mavelikkara, Kerala, Mar Philoxenos had his college education at Bishop Moore College, Mavelikkara and Banarus Hindu University and studied theology at Bishops College, Kolkota and Princeton Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1976 and subsequently served in Rajhara, Bilaspur, Allahabad and Mumbai Parishes. He was consecrated as Bishop on October 2, 1993 and served as Bishop of Mumbai-Delhi Diocese till 2001. He initiated various developmental programmes for the upliftment of the poor and downtrodden like Navajeevan Centre, Mumbai and Gramjyothi schools in North Indian villages. At present he is in charge of Kottayam Kochi Diocese.
He serves as the member of the Executive Committee, Senate of Serampore College, president of Kerala Council of Churches and member of the Central Committee of World Council of Churches.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Abraham Mar Paulos Episcopa
Parents Manganam Kanjirathara Mr K C Uthup and Mrs Sosamma Ordained as Deacon 1980, May 31 Ordained as Kassissa 1980, June 28 Ordained as Ramban 2005, February 11 Consecrated as Episcopa 2005, May 14
Dr Abraham Mar Paulos hails from Kanjirathara family, Kottayam. St Peters Mar Thoma Church, Manganam is his Home Parish. His basic education was at Government L P School,Muttambalam, M T Seminary High School, Kottayam, CMS College, Kottayam and Basaleos College, Kottayam. He had his Theological training from Mar Thoma Theological Seminary, Kottayam and Princeton University. He took Doctorate in Christian Education from Boston University.
He had been ordained as Deacon on 31/05/1980 by Dr Joseph Mar Irenaeus Suffragan Metropolitan at Manganam St Peters MTC. His Ordination as Kassessa was on 28/06/1980 at St Thomas MTC, tvla by Dr Alexander Mar Thoma Valia Metropolitan. The Sabha Prathinidhi Mandalam held on 11/01/2005 elected him as the Episcopa of the Church. He was ordained as Ramban on 11/02/2005 at Jerusalem Mar Thoma Church, Kottayam by Geevarghese Mar Athanasius Episcopa. On 14th May, 2005 he was consecrated as Episcopa of the Church at S C Seminary Tiruvalla by Dr Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Metropolitan.
He served in different Parishes such as Naranamoozhy, Kattikkalaruvi, Thonikadavu, Ranni Pazhavangadikara, Trivandrum Paruthippara, Karthamangal, Bangalore, Kaithakuzhy, Boston. He was also served as the Chaplain of St Thomas Schools, Trivandrum and as Diocesan Secretary of Trivandrum Quilon Diocese. His tenure as General Secretary of the Sunday School Samajam was the exemplification of his Leadership qualities, organizing capabilities etc. The centenary celebration of the Sunday School Samajam including the Children’s Maramon under his leadership was a remarkable one.
Consecrated as Episcopa on the silver Jubilee year of priesthood, His Lordship is a great orator, good scholar, theologian and above all he is a great friend of children and youth. He is in charge of Trivandrum - Quilon Diocese.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Mathews Mar Makarios Episcopa
Parents Late Mr.K.E. Mathew and Late Mrs. Kunjamma Mathai.
Ordained as Deacon - 04/22/1978. Ordained as Kassissa - 05/22/1978. Ordained as Ramban- 05/07/2011.
Consecrated as Episcopa - 08/13/2011.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Mathews Mar Makarios Thirumeni ( Rev. Dr. Varghese Mathai) was born on 25th February 1953. HIs home parish is Thumpamon North Immanuel Parish. Varghese Mathai completed education from Thumpamon EALP, MG High School and Pandalam NSS College. He took his degree in Physics. He joined postal services in Mumbai.
On being called for divine service he left the job and joined Kottayam Mar Thoma Theological Seminary for a Theological degree in 1975. On completion of his studies brilliantly he was ordained as Semmas on 22nd April 1978 at the St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church, Kozhencherry by Joseph Mar Iraneaus Episcopa and as Kaseessa on 22nd May 1978 at the St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church, Thiruvalla by Dr. Alexander Mar Thoma Metropolitan. He served as Vicar in Ranni Valiakavu, Karimpanamkuzhy, Kumaly, Anakkara, Vandanmed, Kolkatta, Nattassery, Australia, New Zealand and Othera Ebenezer. He got MTh from Kottayam FFRRC in 1985 and doctorate from Bangalore SATRI in 1994 based on New Testament. He successfully completed research on the subject ‘Christ Vision and Holy Spirit in the Gospel of St. John’. He taught New Testament in Leonard Theological College of Madyapradesh from 1987 to 1996 and in Kottayam Mar Thoma Theological Seminary during 1996-2003 and 2006-2008. He served during this period as member of the Research Committee of Serampore University and as Dean of the Doctoral studies of FFRRC. He has published explanatory books on Hebrews and 1. Corinthians. The other books published are Paraclitos the experience of the Holy spirit, Jesus the Good shephered, Sishyathavum, Viliyum, Niyogavum and Fragrance of Christ. He is able to publish outstanding articles in the periodicals of the Church and International Theological periodicals.
He was consecrated Ramban along with Rev. K.V. Varkey and Rev. Dr. Oommen George by Geevarghese Mar Theodosius Episcopa on 7th May 2011 at the specially constructed Holy Madbaha at Ernakulam St. Alberts College Grounds. With the other two Rambans he was consecrated as Episcopa by Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan on 13th August 2011 at the specially prepared Holy Madbaha at Thiruvalla SCS Ground with the name Mathews Mar Makarios Episcopa.
Rt. Rev. Gregorios Mar Stephanos Episcopa
Parents - Mr.K.P. Varkey and Mrs. Kunjamma(Late).
Date of Birth - 03/16/1959. Ordained as Deacon - 06/27/1986. Ordained as Kassissa -07/30/1986.
Ordained as Ramban - 05/07/2011. Consecrated as Episcopa - 08/13/2011.
Rt. Rev. Gregorios Mar Stephanos Episcopa was born on 16th March 1959. St. George is the mother Parish.
He continued his education in Kochi where his father was employed after early studies in Niranam Mar Thoma LP School. After completing Pre-Degree from Cochin College he took BA and MA in Philosophy from Maharajas College. Then he procured MPhil from Chennai University. Along with college education he was member of College football and hockey teams in addition to being the General Captain of the college and proved his ability.
During 1982-86 he got degree in theology from Kolkotta Bishops College. Thereafter he was ordained as Semmas on 16th March 1986 at St. Thomas Church, Thiruvalla and as Kaseessa on 27th June 1986 at his home Parish by Easow Mar Timotheos Episcopa.
Bilaspur, Korba, Ambikapur, Chennai-Chetpet, Thambaram, St. Thomas Mount, Kolalampur, Ranchi, Mumbai Santacruz, Maramon, Venmoney, Kavumbhagom were the parishes he served as Vicar.
He was awarded with many prizes in recognition of his efficient management of the School as the Principal of St. Thomas School, Ranchi. Chief among them were the honour from Prathibha Udhan Samithi, International Millenium Gold Star, Vijayasri Puraskar. The active leadership of Mumbai Navajeevan Kendra, Medical Mission Secretary and leadership of education reform Committees were rich experiences of active life. He led the mission work of Ranchi also.
He was consecrated as Ramban on 7th May 2011 at the specially prepared holy Madbaha in the St. Alberts College ground by Geevarghese Mar Theodosius Episcopa along with Rev. Dr. Varghese Mathai and Rev. Dr. Oommen George. He was elevated as Episcopa with the name Gregorios Mar Stephanos on 13th August 2011 at the specially prepared Holy Madbaha at the Thiruvalla SCS ground.
Strong leadership ability, unshakable faith in God and timely vision of Kingdom of God activities are the hall mark of Thirumeni’s activities.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Mar Theethos Episcopa
Parents - Mr.P.N. George and Mrs. Aleyamma George.
Date of Birth - 05/10/1959. Ordained as Deacon - 06/01/1985. Ordained as Kassissa - 06/14/1985.
Ordained as Ramban - 05/07/2011. Consecrated as Episcopa - 08/13/2011.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Mar Theethos Episcopa was born on 10th May 1959. His Grace's home parish is Adoor Kannamkod Mar Thoma Church. He had his school education at Vadakkadathukavu Govt. UP School and Adoor Govt. High School. He passed Pre-Degree from Kottarakkara St. Gregorios College and BSc Botany from Catholicate college, Pathanamthitta.
He got degree in Theology from Mar Thoma Theological Seminary, Kottayam during 1982-85. Easow Mar Timotheos Episcopa ordained him as Semmas on 1st June 1985 and as Kaseessa on 14th June 1985 at Kottarakkara.
He served as Vicar of Chengaroth, Chempanoda, Aanakulam, Gandhidham, Bhuj, Bhavnagar, Goregau, Kolaba, Thumkur, Kalamassery, Devas, Chengannur – Thittamel, Pularikad, Long Island, New York St. Johns, New York St. Andrews and Chirayiramb Immanuel. He was also the Manager and Senior Principal of Indore Mar Thoma Higher Secondary School. He worked as the Secretary of His Grace Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan. He got MA in Sociology from Indore University. He procure a MTh and Doctorate from Dharmaram Vidyakshetra, Bangalore. The topic for research was Holy Qurbana and spirituality. He visited Amsterdam University and conducted research as part of his study. He has given leadership in many conferences.
He was consecrated as Ramban by Geevarghese Mar Theodosius Episcopa on 7th May 2011 at Ernakulam St. Alberts College ground specially prepared Madbaha along with Rev. Dr. Varghese Mathai and Rev. K.V. Varkey. He was raised as Thomas Mar Theethos Episcopa on 13th August 2011 at the Holy Madbaha prepared at the Thiruvalla SCS ground.
He marches forward with his mission in the Church in the light of noble theological streams of thought and visionary activities of care for the needy and social change.