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H.H. the Patriarch ordained Very Rev. Ramban Yeldho Pathikkal as Metropolitan for the Malankara Archdiocese of North America with the title 'Mor Tithos'

SOLNews - His Holiness the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas today ordained Very Rev. Ramban Yeldho Pathikkal as the Archbishop and Patriarchal Vicar of the Malankara Archdiocese in North America at the solemn function held at the St.Peter and St.Paul Cathedral in the Monastery of St.Aphrem the Syrian, at Ma'arrat Seydnaya, Damascus, Syria. The new Metropolitan was entrusted with the title 'TITHOS' during the consecration ceremony. His Grace will henceforth known by name 'Mor Tithos Yeldho'. Archbishops  from different countries were present to grace the occasion: Mar Gregorios Joseph (Kochi), the synod secretary of Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church, Mar Julius Kuriakose- Secretary to His Holiness the Patriarch, H.G. Mor Osthathius Matharohom (Syria), Mor Severius Isaak Saka Mosul (Iraq), Mor Silvanos Petrus (Homs), Mor Athanasius Elia Bahe (Patriarchal Assistant), Mor Cyril Aphrem (America). Also were present the 1st secretary of the Indian Embassy in Damascus Mr.R.C.Manchanda, monks, nuns, friends and family members. At the end of the Holy ceremony, the newly consecrated Archbishop thanked His Holiness the Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka 1 Iwas and all those who were present. He pledged his fidelity to the church and promised to be faithful in imparting the teachings of the church to the faithful.

Born on 22 July 1970 to Pathikkal P M Kuriakose and Sosamma, His Grace belongs to the Perumbavur Bethel Suloko Church in the Angamali diocese, India. His schooling was at the Asramam High School, Perumbavur. He took the Degree and Post Graduation in Mathematics from the Union Christian College at Alwaye. Later he completed the B.Ed. course from the Mahatma Gandhi University. 

It was the age of 12, on 28 October 1982, Metropolitan Mor Tithos Yeldho was ordained deacon by Mor Athanasius Paulose, the late Metropolitan for the Evangelical Association of the East. In 1997 he went to the Patriarchal Cathedral at Damascus. On September 5, 1999 he was ordained Ramban by His Holiness the Patriarch and on 26th ordained as Kashisho. The Metropolitan had his theological education from the Patriarchal Seminary at Damascus and the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Seminary at Udayagiri, India. During this period he had the opportunity to have studies at the Syrian Orthodox Monasteries of Jerusalem, Turkey, Holland, Germany and Switzerland. After the demise of Mor Gregorios in 1999, he was appointed the administrator of the Perumpally St.George Church. Later he was deputed to New York and was serving different churches in the Malankara Archdiocese of North America till recently. 

From 1995 to 2001, he was actively involved in YMCA organization as its regional vice chairman and also as its National Executive Board member.

Thomas Daniel (SOCM Forum)

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