Four new Bishops and two new eparchies for Syro-Malankara Church

The Syro-Malankara Church has created two new eparchies and appointed four new bishops.

This was announced by Major Archbishop Baselios Cleemis Catholicose at St. Mary’s Cathedral, the headquarters of the Syro-Malankara Church in Pattom,Thiruvananthapuram,Kerala,India and in Rome simultaneously on Monday evening.

The Major Archbishop said the new Eparchy of Pathanamthitta has been created by bifurcating the present Major Archieparchy of Thiruvananthapuram. Its territory consists of four ecclesiastical districts - Pathanamthitta, Konni, Ranni-Perunadu and Pandalam, and the parishes of Anandapally, Angadickal, Chandanappally, Pongalady and Thatta of the Adoor ecclesiastical district.

The present Bishop of Marthandam,Dr.Yoohanon Mar Chrysostom, has been transferred to Pathanamthitta. The cathedral of the new eparchy will be St. Peter’s Church, Pathanamthitta.

The Eparchy of Puthur has been created by including the northern parts of the Eparchy of Bathery. The cathedral of the eparchy will be St. Joseph’s Church, Puthur.

The Major Archbishop announced that the present Bishop of Bathery,Dr.Geevarghese Mar Divannasios, has been transferred from Bathery to Puthur. The Apostolic Visitator to North America,Dr.Joseph Mar Thomas, has been appointed the Bishop of Bathery.

The Registrar and Professor of St. Mary’s Malankara Seminary, Thiruvananthapuram, Dr.Vincent Kulapuravilai, has been appointed as the new Bishop of Marthandom.

The Syncellus of the Major Archieparchy of Thiruvananthapuram,Dr.Samuel Kattukallil, and the Dean of the Faculty of Theology of St. Mary’s Malankara Seminary,Dr.Stephen Thottathil, have been appointed Auxiliary Bishops of the Major Archieparchy of Thiruvananthapuram and Archieparchy of Thiruvalla respectively.

The Postulator of the Cause of Canonisation of Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios and Chancellor of the Major Archiepiscopal Curia, Dr.Antony Valiyavilayil, has been appointed as the Bishop of the Curia.

The announcement was made in the presence of all the Malankara Catholic bishops and the Arch Bishop of the Latin Arch Diocese of Thiruvananthapuram,Dr.Susai Pakiam.

More about the Bishop designates are given in the above link.


Axios, Axios, Axios!
Many years.

Mar Ivanios Vidhya Nagar, Trivandrum


The Episcopal Ordination of the New Metroplitans,
Very Rev. Msgr Kulappuravilai Vincent (Dr.Vincent Mar Paulose) (as Bishop,Eparchy of Marthandom),
Very Rev. Msgr Kattukallil Samuel (Dr.Samuel Mar Irenius) (as Auxiliary Bishop,Major Archieparchy of Trivandrum),
Very Rev.Msgr Thottathil Stephen (Dr.Philipose Mar Stephanos) (as Auxiliary Bishop, Archieparchy of Tiruvalla) and
Very Rev Msgr Valiyavilayil Antony OIC(Dr.Thomas Mar Anthonios) (as Curia Bishop, Major Archiepiscopal Curia )
took place at the special venue prepared at Mar Ivanios Vidhya Nagar, Nalanchira, Trivandrum.

Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Catholicos, the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church officiated the ordination ceremonies. Archbishop Dr.Thomas Mar Koorilos, Metropolitan Archbishop of Tiruvalla and Most Rev Dr.Yoohanon Mar Chrysostom, Metropolitan of Marthandom were the main concelebrants of the Episcopal Ordination.

The celebrations started at 8am, giving a rousing reception to the Episcopal dignitaries together with bishops-elect.
Most Rev Dr.Soosaipakiam, Archbishop of Trivandrum Latin Archdiocese, gave homily during the Holy Qurbono.

After the Kukkilion, the Episcopal ordination liturgy started.

His Beatitude Moran Mor Gregory III Laham, the Patriarchate of Melkite Catholic Church who was the special guest was also present in the celebrations.

Delegates from Syrian Catholic Church (including Arch Bishop Beiluny from Beirut),and delegate from Vatican were also present.

The metropolitans of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church,Syro Malabar Catholic Church and Latin Catholic Church were present.Several bishops from other Churches were also present.

Many priests, religious, seminarians and 25,000 faithful witnessed the blessed event.

Dr.Joseph Mar Thomas was installed as the new Bishop of the Sulthan Bathery diocese of the Syro-Malankara Church in Wayanad district on Tuesday at an impressive ceremony led by Baselios Cleemis Catholicos, Major Archbishop and Catholicos of the Church in the presence of bishops, priests, religious leaders and thousands of faithful, who gathered at St. Thomas Cathedral at Sulthan Bathery in the district.

A liturgical reception was given to the Catholicos and other bishops at the church.

Amid the holy mass headed by the Catholicos and 11other bishops of Syro Malankara Catholic Church the enthronement ceremony (Sunthroniso) of the new bishop was held.

Dr.Mar Jose Porunnedom,the Bishop of Mananthavady Syro Malabar diocese,Dr.Mar George Njaralakkat, Bishop of the Mandya Syro Malabar diocese, Dr.Mar Joseph Kunnath,Bishop of the Adilabad Syro Malabar diocese,Dr.Varghese Chakkalakkkal,the Bishop of the Kannur Latin diocese and Dr.Joseph Kalathiparambil,the Bishop of the Kozhikode Latin diocese also took part in the enthroning ceremony.

The order of the Catholicos appointing Joseph Mar Thomas the new bishop of the Sulthan Bathery diocese was read out by Thomas Kanjiramukalil, the Chancellor of Sulthan Bathery diocese.

The new bishop, seated in a chair, was lifted thrice amidst loud chants of Oxios,’ a Greek word meantthat he is worthy.’ The Catholicos blessed the new bishop and handed over the pastoral staff to him, later, marking the culmination of the installation ceremony.

Dr.Samuel Mar Irenius,Auxiliary Bishop of Thiruvananthapuram Major Arch diocese, delivered the homily.

A public meeting held in connection with the Episcopal installation (Sunthroniso) and the farewell function of the out going bishop,Dr.Geevarghese Mar Divannasios was inaugurated by M.I. Shanavas MP.

Baselios Cleemis Catholicos, Major Archbishop of the church, presided over the function.

Dr.Thomas Mar Koorilos,Arch Bishop of Thiruvalla,Dr.Varghese Chakkalakkkal,the Bishop of the Kannur Latin diocese and Dr.Jose Porunnedom, the Bishop of Mananthavady Syro Malabar diocese delivered blessing speeches.

Dr.George Njaralakkat,the Bishop of the Mandya Syro Malabar diocese and Dr.Joseph Kalathiparambil,the Bishop of Kozhikode Latin diocese felicitated the new bishop.

Enthronement of Dr.Geevarghese Mar Divannasios as the first Bishop of Puthur which was held at St.Joseph’s Pro-Cathedral,Noojibalthila and Puthur Diocese inauguration photos,which were held on 15-04-10.

(This is the first Syro Malankara Catholic Diocese in the state of Karnataka)

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