His Grace the Most Rev Dr Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valia Metropolitan
Date of Birth April 27, 1918 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
Puthoor Mariamma Date of Birth June 27, 1931 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. He is one of the Senior Presidents of CCA and the Chairman of CASA.Presently, He is in charge of the Niranam Â¡V Maramon Diocese.
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
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. He was the Episcopa of the Chennai - Bangalore and Malaysia - Singapore - Australia Dioceses. He is presently the Episcopa of the North America - Europe Diocese.
Address: Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius North America - Europe Diocese Sinai Mar Thoma Centre, 2320 S.Merrick Avenue, Merrick, NY - 11566, U.S.A.