Bishops

Valia Metropolitan

His Grace the Most Rev Dr Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valia Metropolitan

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.

Parents Vicar General Very Rev. K.E. Oommen and Mrs. Sosamma
Born on April 27, 1918
Ordained as Deacon January 1, 1944
Ordained as Kassissa 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
Installedas Metropolitan October 23, 1999
Designated as Valia Metropolitan October 2, 2007
Diocese
Contact Niranam – Maramon- Poolatheen, Tiruvalla, Kerala, India 689 101 Ph: 91 04736-30313

 

His Grace the Most Rev Dr Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan

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

Parents Maramon Palakkunnathu Kadone Lukose and Puthoor Mariamma
Born on June 27, 1931
Ordained as Deacon June 29, 1957
Ordained as Kassissa 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
Diocese Adoor-Mavelikara Diocese
Contact Hermon Aramana, Adoor P.O., Kerala, India 691 523. Ph: 91 0473-422240 E-mail:
hermon@satyam.net.in
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Rt. Rev. Dr. Zacharias Mar Theophilus Suffragan Metropolitan

After graduation, he took the teacher’s training and worked in the Ashram High School, Perumbavoor till he went for Theological training at the Leonard Theological College, Jabalpur. After teaching for some more years at Perumbavoor, he went for higher theological training at Princeton and took Masters from there and Doctorate from Boston University.

He has worked as Vicar of Parishes in Mumbai and Kozhenchery and was consecrated as Bishop on May 1, 1980. He was given charge of the Adoor- Mavelikkara Diocese till 1984. As the Bishop in charge of the Diocese, he organized a project at Pathanapuram for helping disabled persons ,the Asha Bhavan. He also organized a project to help the poor people along the sea coast at Thrikunnapuzha area. He helped in setting up a working women’s hostel at Haripad and Pathanamthitta. Mar Theophilus is in charge of the Chengannur – Mavelikkara Diocese. He was a member of the Central Committee and the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches.

Parents Niranam Mattackal Venparambil V K Oommen and Mariamma Oommen
Born on 1938, August 29
Ordained as Deacon 1966, May 7
Ordained as Kassissa 1966, July 9
Ordained as Ramban 1980, April 26
Consecrated as Episcopa 1980, May 1
Installed as Suffragan Metropolitan 2004, July 3
Diocese Chengannur – Mavelikkara Diocese
Contact Rt. Rev. Dr. Zacharias Mar Theophilus Mar Thoma Bhavan, 77, 6th Avenue, Harrington Road, Chelpet, Chennai – 600 031 Phone:     044 826 9865  044 826 9865    044 826 9865  044 826 9865      044 826 9865  044 826 9865    044 826 9865  044 826 9865        044 826 9865  044 826 9865    044 826 9865  044 826 9865      044 826 9865  044 826 9865    044 826 9865  044 826 9865

 

Rt. Rev. Geevarghese Mar Athanasius Episcopa

 After graduation from Mar Thoma College, Tiruvalla he went for Theological training at the Leonard Theological College, Jabalpur. He was ordained as ‘Kasseesa’ in 1969 and subsequently served as Vicar of many Parishes including Mumbai, Kottayam, and Madras. From 1975 to 76 he was at Toronto, Canada for higher theological training.

On December 9, 1989 he was consecrated as Bishop. At present he is in charge of Ranny Nilakkal Diocese.  Mar Athanasius served as Vice President of the Governing Board of Leonard Theological College and as President of the National Missionary Society. He took keen interest in completing the Diocesan headquarters at Delhi.

Parents Nedumpram Chirayilkandathil C I Idiculla and Achiyamma
Born on 1944, April 26
Ordained as Deacon 1969, May 3
Ordained as Kassissa 1969, June 14
Ordained as Ramban 1989, November 4
Consecrated as Episcopa 1989, December 9
Diocese Ranny Nilakkal Diocese
Contact Rt.Rev. Geevarghese Mar Athanasius Mar Thoma Centre, Mandiram PO, Ranni – 689 672 Phone: 0473 517 511 0473 527 760)

 

Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius Episcopa

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.

Parents Ashtamudi Kizhakkechakkalayil Dr K J Chacko and Mary Chacko
Born on 1949, February 19
Ordained as Deacon 1972, June 24
Ordained as Kassissa 1973, February 24
Ordained as Ramban 1989, November 4
Consecrated as Episcopa 1989, December 9
Diocese Chennai – Bangalore and Malaysia-Singapore & Australia Dioceses
Contact Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius Episcopa Mar Thoma Kendram, Mannanthala, Trivandrum, Kerala, India 695 015 Ph: 910471-530540 E-mail:
mttvm@vsnl.com
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Rt Rev Dr Euyakim Mar Coorilos Episcopa

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.
At present he is in charge of North America and Europe Diocese.

Parents Kunnamkulam Cheeranveettil Itty Many Ittyachenkunju and Saramma
Born on 1951, November 25
Ordained as Deacon 1978, April 29
Ordained as Kassissa 1978, May 16
Ordained as Ramban 1989, November 4
Consecrated as Episcopa 1989, December 9
Diocese North America and Europe Diocese
Contact Rt.Rev. Dr. Euyakim Mar Coorilos Sinai Mar Thoma Center, 2320, S. Merrick Avenue, Merrick NY- 11566,USA Ph: 516 377 3311  516 377 3311

 

Rt Rev Joseph Mar Barnabas Episcopa

Mar Barnabas took his degree from CMS College, Kottayam and later studied in Bishop’s college, Calcutta. He was ordained in 1976 and served in different parishes in India such as Anakulam, Bombay, Chembur, Thuruthicad and North Madras.
He was also in charge of Edmonton parish in Canada. He was consecrated as Bishop on 2nd October 1993 along with Mar Timotheos and Mar Philoxenos.
He is in charge of Mumbai – Delhi Diocese. Mar Barnabas is a profound Eastern Christian thinker. Mar Barnabas takes a profound interest in liturgical practices.

Parents Kottayam Ancherry Elakkattukaduppil E V Jacob and Saramma
Born on 1949, September 8
Ordained as Deacon 1973, May 29
Ordained as Kassissa 1973, June 12
Ordained as Ramban 1993, August 31
Consecrated as Episcopa 1993, October 2
Diocese Mumbai – Delhi Diocese
Contact Rt. Rev.Joseph Mar Barnabas 26, Bhai Virsing Marg, Gole Market, New Delhi – 110 001 Ph: 011 334 2828  011 334 2828  E-mail:

 

Rt Rev. Thomas Mar Timotheos Episcopa

Mar Timotheos had his college education in Gujarat from where he took his post graduate degree. He joined Union Theological College, Bangalore for his theological studies. He worked as a lecturer for a short period in Gujarat. He 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 Kunnamkulam – Malabar Diocese.

Parents Mulakuzha Kaleekkal Thekkethil Love Dale Rev K N George and Rachel George
Born on 1950, December 13
Ordained as Deacon 1983, May 28
Ordained as Kassissa 1983, June 10
Ordained as Ramban 1993, August 31
Consecrated as Episcopa 1993, October 2
Diocese Kunnamkulam-Malabar Diocese
Contact Rt. Rev. Thomas Mar Timotheos Mar Thoma Centre, Makkada PO, Kakkodi, Kozhikode – 673 617 Phone : 0495 265 773  0495 265 773 ,  0495 265 796  0495 265 796 ) E-mail:
martimotheos@yahoo.com
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Rt. Rev. Dr. Isaac Mar Philoxenos Episcopa

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.

Parents Mavelikkara Cherukole Attupurathu A M Issac and Mariamma
Born on 1951, December 5
Ordained as Deacon 1976, May 29
Ordained as Kassissa 1976, June 9
Ordained as Ramban 1993, August 31
Consecrated as Episcopa 1993, October 2
Diocese Kottayam – Kochi Diocese
Contact Rt.Rev.Dr. Issac Mar Philoxenos Bethel Aramana, Manganam PO, Kottayam – 686 018 Ph: 01481 578 420  01481 578 420  , 0481 573 737  0481 573 737

 

Rt. Rev. Dr. Abraham Mar Paulos Episcopa

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.

Parents Manganam Kanjirathara Mr K C Uthup and Mrs Sosamma
Born on 1953, August 16
Ordained as Deacon 1980, May 31
Ordained as Kassissa 1980, June 28
Ordained as Ramban 2005, February 11
Consecrated as Episcopa 2005, May 14
Diocese Trivandrum – Quilon Diocese
Contact Rt. Rev. Dr. Abraham Mar Paulos Episcopa Mar Thoma Center, Mannanthala P.O.. Trivandrum – 695 015 0471-2530540  0471-2530540

 

Rt. Rev. Dr. Mathews Mar Makarios Episcopa

Parents Late Mr.K.E. Mathew and Late Mrs. Kunjamma MathaiThumpamon North Kalayil Kannam Poikayil
Born on 1953, February 25
Ordained as Deacon 1978, April 22
Ordained as Kassissa 1978, May 22
Ordained as Ramban 2011, May 07
Consecrated as Episcopa 2011, August 13

Address:

Rt.Rev.Dr.Mathews Mar Makarios
Bethel Aramana,
Manganam P.O,
Kottayam-686018
Email:marmakarios@marthoma.in

 

Rt. Rev. Gregorios Mar Stephanos Episcopa

Parents Kochi Panayapally Parayil
Mr.K.P. Varkey and Mrs. Kunjamma(Late)
Born on 1959, March 16
Ordained as Deacon 1986, June 27
Ordained as Kassissa 1986, July 30
Ordained as Ramban 2011, May 07
Consecrated as Episcopa 2011, August 13

Address:

Rt.Rev.GregoriosMarStephanosEpiscopa
MarThomaCentre
MakkadaP.O
Kakkodi(Via)
Calicut – 673 617.

 

Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Mar Theethos Episcopa

Parents Mr.P.N. George and Mrs. Aleyamma George
Adoor Kannamcode Kottackattu Puthen Veettil
Born on 1959, May 10
Ordained as Deacon 1985, June 01
Ordained as Kassissa 1985, June 14
Ordained as Ramban 2011, May 07
Consecrated as Episcopa 2011, August 13

Address: 

Mumbai
MarThoma,Centre,
PlotNo.18,Sector10-A,
Vashi,Navi,Mumbai,
Maharashtra – 400703, India.