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Catholicose Mor Baselios Thomas I consecrates a new Bishop for the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary in Kerala

 

SOLNews - Kerala. On Monday 29th September 2003, H.B Catholicose Mor Baselios Thomas I ordained Rev. Dr. Saji Varghese as Metropolitan MOR THEOPHILOS, at the patriarchal Centre Chapel, Puthenkuriz.  The ceremony started with the celebration of Holy Qurbono at 8.00 am by His Beatitude the Catholicose followed by the consecration ceremony, signing of 'SUSTHATHIKKON' (Agreement) and 'OKSIOS' (Rising and Declaration). Before the beginning of the ordination, the Patriarchal Bull was read by H.G. Markose Mor Koorilose. Besides the Catholicose, eight Metropolitans were present during the Holy Service. The Metropolitans who assisted Shresta Bava during the consecration ceremony are H.G. Yuhanon Mor Philoxenos (Malabar); H.G. Geevarghese Mor Polycorpus ( St.Antony's Mission); H.G. Joseph Mor Gregorios (Kochi); H.G. Markose Mor Koorilose (Trivandrum); H.G  Geevarghese Mor Dionysius (Simhasana Churches); H.G. Kurikose Mor Dioscorus (Kandanad); H.G. Yuhanon Mor Milithios (Kollam, Thumbamon); H.G. Geevarghese Mor Athanasius (Thrissur) 

 

The new consecrated bishop Mor Theophilos Kuriakose is for the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary. It is after a gap of 12 years a Metropolitan for the Syrian Church is to be ordained in India. The last Metropolitan ordained in Malankara was H.G. Thomas Mor Thermotheos (the present Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of Greater India and the Kottayam diocese) by Catholicose Baselios Paulose II on 3rd January 1991.  As the Catholicose of the Church, Late lamented Baselios Paulose II has ordained seven Metropolitans for the Syrian Church in India. This is for the first time the present Catholicose Mor Baselios Thomas I is leading the consecration of a Metropolitan after His Beatitudes enthronement in July 2002.  

 

Metropolitan-designate Rev.Dr. Saji Varghese belongs to the St.George Thabore Church, Ooramana in the Kandanad diocese. He was born on 1st February 1966 as the son of Cheria Varkey and Saramma Varkey in the Kodikuthiyil family. His schooling was at the Ooramana High School, after which he completed his BA in Political Science from the St.Peter’s College, Kolencherry.  In 1980, he took his BTh. from the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Seminary, Udayagiri. In 1989 he was ordained a Deacon by late lamented H.G.Geevarghese Mor Gregorios Metropolitan.  

In 1993 he received the B.D from the United Theological College at Bangalore. From 1993 to ’95 he served as the lecturer at the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary. During this period he was the Organizing Secretary of the ‘Syrian Orthodox Christian Student Movement’. In 1995 he went to Germany where he mastered in German and Latin languages from the Ostkirchliches Institute. In 2001 he got the Masters Degree and Doctorate in Theology at the Catholic Faculty of the University of Regensburg.  In 2002 he returned to Malankara as the Lecturer of the M.S.O.T Seminary. 

Since 1994 Rev.Dr. Saji Varghese is a member in the Dialogue Committee between Roman Catholic Church and the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church. In 1996 he had attended the International Conference of the Bishops organized by the Fokolar Movement as a special invitee. The priestly ordination of the Metropolitan-designate Rev.Dr.Saji Varhghese was on 12th November 2002.

Prakash George / Kerala


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