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Metropolitan Mor Osthatheos Binyamin Joseph passed away

 

SOLNews - 17th June 2004. Metropolitan of the Syrian Orthodox Church in India, Mor Osthatheos Binyamin Joseph (55), died of cardiac arrest at a private hospital near his home town on Thursday morning (17th June). He collapsed while the doctors were examining him. The metropolitan had been admitted to the hospital on June 14 following a severe stroke.

 

Funeral will be on Saturday, 19th June, at Majanikkara Mor Ignathios Dayro in Pathanamthitta district.


His Grace was the Metropolitan of this famous Dayro at Manjanikkara where the Holy tombs of Patriarch St. Ignatius Elias III (1932), Patriarchal delegate Mor Yulius Elias (1962) and Mor Yulius Yakub (1992) are situated. Mor Osthathios was also the bishop of several Pontifical churches in Malankara.

 

His Grace was the Metropolitan of this famous Dayro at Manjanikkara where the Holy tombs of Patriarch St. Ignatius Elias III (1932), Patriarchal delegate Mor Yulius Elias (1962) and Mor Yulius Yakub (1992) are situated. Mor Osthathios was also the bishop of several Pontifical churches in Malankara.


Metropolitan Mor Osthatheos Binyamin Joseph was born in the Panakkal family of Kunnamkulam on 24th June 1949 to Ukuru and Thandamma. After secular education at M.J.D.H.S Kunnamkulam and St.Thomas College Trichur, he had his seminary course at Manjanikkara. He had been secretary to the Patriarchal Representative V.Rev Aprem Aboodi Ramban. In his 25th year, he was called to the Patriarchal Palace in 1974 and had his higher studies in Theology for 3 years at St. Ephrem Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary and in his 28th year he was appointed to the unique post of secretary in Indian Church affairs by H.H Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Yakoob III-the first of its kind in the Syrian Church history. He was the Vice-Principal of the St. Ephrem Theological Seminary too. Satisfied with his service, he was called by H.H Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I, soon after H.H's Enthronement as his first secretary and secretary for Indian Affairs and Binyamin Joseph Ramban served H.H faithfully up to 1984, when he was consecrated as Assistant Metropolitan of Simhasana Churches and other Institutions of the Holy See in India. As secretary to His Holiness, he accompanied H.H during his travels in North and South America, Turkey, Syria, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Rome, Russia, Armenia and England.

John Philip


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