Our Bishops

His Grace The Most Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan

Jubilee Home
Maramon P.O., Kozhencherry
Pathanamthitta Dist. - 689 549
Kerala, India.a.

Ph: +91 468 2211210, Fax: +91 468 2211212,
Email: valiyametropolitan@gmail.com

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 Organizations 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 help them 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 a golden tongue, acceptable to all people irrespective of cast, colour or religious commitments.

His Grace The Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan


Niranam-Maramon Diocese
Poolatheen, Pathanamthitta Dist
Thiruvalla - 689 101, Kerala, India.

Ph: +
91-469-2630313 (O), 2601210 (P) ,
Mob: 9961963090, 9447370700,
Fax: +91-469-2602626,

Email: metropolitan@marthoma.in ,
nmdiocese@marthoma.in

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. At present he is one of the senior Presidents of CCA and the chairman of CASA. He is in charge of the Niranam Maramon and Adoor Dioceses.

 

After graduation from Mar Thoma College, Tiruvalla he went for Theological training at the Leonard Theological College, Jabalpur. He was ordained as ‘Kasseesa’ in 1969 and subsequently served as Vicar of many Parishes including Mumbai, Kottayam, and Madras. From 1975 - 76 he was at Toronto, Canada for higher theological training. On December 9, 1989 he was consecrated as Bishop. At present He is in charge of Ranni Nilackel Diocese.

Mar Athanasius served as Vice President of the Governing Board of Leonard Theological College and as President of the National Missionary Society. He was instrumental in the completion of the Diocesan headquarters at Delhi.

Rt. Rev. Geevarghese Mar Athanasius Suffragan Metropolitan

Ranni - Nilackel Diocese
T.M.A.M. Mar Thoma Centre
Mandiram P.O., Ranny - 689 672.
Pathanamthitta Dist.,Kerala, India.

Ph: +91 4735 22748 , 227511 (O), 227760 (P),Fax:  +91 4735 227511
Email: marathanasius@rediffmail.com,
marathanasius@marthoma.in, ranninilackal@marthoma.in

 

Parents

Nedumpram Chirayilkandathil
C I Idiculla and Achiyamma

Born on

1944, April 26

Ordained as Deacon

1969, May 3

Ordained as Kassissa

1969, June 14

Ordained as Ramban

1989, November 4

Consecrated as Episcopa

1989, December 9

Installed as Suffragan Metropolitan 2015, February 10

After graduation from Mar Thoma College, Tiruvalla, he went for Theological training at the Leonard Theological College, Jabalpur. He was ordained as ‘Kasseesa’ in 1969 and subsequently served as Vicar of many Parishes including Mumbai, Kottayam and Madras. From 1975 to '76 he was at Toronto, Canada for higher theological training. On December 9, 1989 he was consecrated as Bishop. At present, He is in charge of Ranni Nilackel Diocese. Mar Athanasius served as Vice President of the Governing Board of Leonard Theological College and as President of the National Missionary Society. He was instrumental in the completion of the Diocesan headquarters at Delhi.

 

Episcopas

Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius Episcopa

North America - Europe Diocese
Sinai Mar Thoma Centre,                                                                                   
2320 S.Merrick Avenue, Merrick, NY - 11566, U.S.A.

Ph: 516-377-3311,Fax: 516-377-3322
Email: mtcmartheo@yahoo.com.ph,marthomadiocese@gmail.com,martheodosius@marthoma.in

 

Parents

Ashtamudi Kizhakkechakkalayil Dr. K J Chacko
and Mary Chacko

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.

Rt. Rev. Dr. Euyakim Mar Coorilos Episcopa

(Kottayam-Kochi Diocese) Bethel Aramana

Manganam P.O.,Kottayam-686018

Ph:+91-481-257 8420(o), +91-481-257 3737(p),
Fax:+91-481-257 0720

Email:marcoorilos@marthoma.in, marthoma.kk@gmail.com

 

Parents

Kunnamkulam Cheeranveettil Itty Many Ittyachenkunju
and Saramma

Born on

1951, November 25

Ordained as Deacon

1978, April 29

Ordained as Kassissa

1978, May 16

Ordained as Ramban

1989, November 4

Consecrated as Episcopa

1989, December 9

After completing his degree and Post Graduate studies from Sacred Heart College, Thevara, Cochin and Christ College, Irinjalakuda, he joined Mar Thoma Seminary, Kottayam for Theological education. In 1978, he became the Kassesa and subsequently served as Parish priest at Jalahalli, Palarivattom, Colaba and Staten Island, and other Parishes. On December 9, 1989, he was consecrated as Episcopa and was in charge of the North America-Europe Diocese and Kottayam - Kochi Diocese. Presently, He is the Sahayi Methran of the Niranam Maramon Diocese.

Rt. Rev. Joseph Mar Barnabas Episcopa

Adoor & Malaysia-Singapore-Australia Dioceses
Hermon Aramana,Adoor - 691 523                                                                                  {Image)
Pathanamthitta Dist.,Kerala, India.

Ph: +91 4734 228240 (O), 229130 (P),Fax: +91 4734 228352
Email: hermon@marthoma.in, marbarnabas@marthoma.in

 

Parents

Kottayam Ancherry Elakkattukaduppil E V Jacob
and Saramma

Born on

1949, September 8

Ordained as Deacon

1973, May 29

Ordained as Kassissa

1973, June 12

Ordained as Ramban

1993, August 31

Consecrated as Episcopa

1993, October 2

He took his degree from CMS College, Kottayam and later on studied at Bishop’s College, Kolkatta. Ordained in 1976, he has served in different Parishes in Anakulam, Mumbai, Chempur, Thurithicad and North Madras. He was in charge of Edmonton Parish in Canada and was consecrated as Bishop on October 2, 1993 along with Mar Timotheos and Mar Philoxenos. He was in charge of the Bombay & Delhi Dioceses. Presently, He is in charge of the Adoor and Malaysia - Singapore - Australia Dioceses.


Rt. Rev. Thomas Mar Timotheos Episcopa

Thiruvananthapuram - Kollam Diocese
Mar Thoma Kendram, Mannanthala P.O.,                                                                      {Image)
Trivandrum - 695 015, Kerala, India.

Ph: +91 471 2530540 (P), 2533636 (R) ,Mob: +91 9447066957,Fax: +91 471 2531535 (O)
Email: martimotheos@marthoma.in,tvmklm@marthoma.in,martimotheos@gmail.com
marthoma@marthomatvmqlndiocese.com

Parents

Mulakuzha Kaleekkal Thekkethil Love Dale Rev. K N George
and Rachel George

Born on

1950, December 13

Ordained as Deacon

1983, May 28

Ordained as Kassissa

1983, June 10

Ordained as Ramban

1993, August 31

Consecrated as Episcopa

1993, October 2

Having done his college education and later Post Graduation in Gujarat, he joined Union Theological College, Bangalore for his theological studies. He worked as a lecturer for a short period in Gujarat and was ordained in 1983 and served as a Parish priest in various places - Surat, Barooch, Vapi and Gudalur. He was consecrated as Bishop on October 2 1993. He was in charge of the Kunnamkulam - Malabar Diocese. At present, He is the Diocese Bishop of Thiruvananthapuram - Kollam Diocese,also the President of  the Mar Thoma Evangelistic Association

Rt. Rev. Dr.Isaac Mar Philoxenos Episcopa

Chennai - Bangalore Diocese                                                                                             {Image)
Mar Thoma Bhavan, No.77, 6th Avenue,
Harrington Road, Chetpet, Chennai - 600 031.
Tamil Nadu, India. 

Ph: +91 9846074191(M),+9144 28363165 (O),+9144 28362705 (P),Fax: +91 44 28363165
Email: mtbhavan@yahoo.co.in (O),isaacmarp@yahoo.co.in (P) marphiloxenos@marthoma.in

 

Parents

Mavelikkara Cherukole Attupurathu A M Issac
and Mariamma

Born on

1951, December 5

Ordained as Deacon

1976, May 29

Ordained as Kassissa

1976, June 9

Ordained as Ramban

1993, August 31

Consecrated as Episcopa

1993, October 2

 Born at Attupurathu House, Mavelikkara, Kerala, had college education at Bishop Moore College, Mavelikkara and Banaras Hindu University and studied theology at Bishops College, Kolkota and Princeton Theological Seminary. Secured Ph.D. from Banaras Hindu University on the topic “Doctrine of grace in Vaishnavism and Christianity”. This helped in initiating inter – religious dialogue in the Indian context with people of other faiths. While being a lecturer at Mar Thoma theological Seminary was elected to be the bishop of Mar Thoma Syrian Church and consecrated in 1993. Now in charge of the Chennai - Bangalore Diocese of the Mar Thoma Church.

 

Rt. Rev. Dr. Abraham Mar Paulos Episcopa

Mar Thoma Centre,
26, Bhai Vir Singh Marg,                                                                                                     {Image)
Gole Market, New Delhi -110 001, India.

Ph: +91 11 23342828 (O), 23369151 (P) ,Fax: +91 11 23348800
Email: mtcdelhidiocese@rediffmail.com (O),marpaulos@marthoma.in,delhidio@marthoma.in

 

Parents

Manganam Kanjirathara K C Uthup
and Sosamma

Born on

1953, August 16

Ordained as Deacon

1980, May 31

Ordained as Kassissa

1980, June 28

Ordained as Ramban

2005, February 11

Consecrated as Episcopa

2005, May 14

Dr. Abraham Mar Paulos hails from Kanjirathara family, Kottayam. St. Peters Mar Thoma Church, Manganam is his Home Parish. His basic education was at Government L P School, Muttambalam, M T Seminary High School, Kottayam, CMS College, Kottayam and Basileos College, Kottayam. He had his Theological training from Mar Thoma Theological Seminary, Kottayam and Princeton University. He took Doctorate in Christian Education from Boston University. He had been ordained as Deacon on 31/05/1980 by Dr. Joseph Mar Irenaeus Suffragan Metropolitan at Manganam St. Peters Mar Thoma Church. His Ordination as Kassessa was on 28/06/1980 at St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church, Tiruvalla, by Dr. Alexander Mar Thoma Valia Metropolitan. The Sabha Prathinidhi Mandalam held on 11/01/2005 elected him as the Episcopa of the Church. He was ordained as Ramban on 11/02/2005 at Jerusalem Mar Thoma Church, Kottayam by Geevarghese Mar Athanasius Episcopa. On 14th May, 2005 he was consecrated as Episcopa of the Church at S C Seminary Tiruvalla by Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Metropolitan.

He served in different Parishes such as Naranamoozhy, Kattikkalaruvi, Thonikadavu, Ranni Pazhavangadikara, Trivandrum Paruthippara, Karthamangal, Bangalore, Kaithakuzhy and Boston. He has also served as the Chaplain of St. Thomas Schools, Trivandrum and as Diocesan Secretary of Trivandrum - Quilon Diocese. His tenure as General Secretary of the Sunday School Samajam was the exemplification of his Leadership qualities, organizing capabilities etc. The centenary celebration of the Sunday School Samajam including the Children’s Maramon under His leadership was a remarkable one. Consecrated as Episcopa on the Silver Jubilee year of priesthood, His Lordship is a great orator, good scholar, theologian and above all, He is a great friend of children and youth. He was in charge of Thiruvananthapuram - Kollam Diocese, Mumbai and Delhi Dioceses. He is presently in Charge of the Delhi Diocese.

Rt. Rev. Dr. Mathews Mar Makarios Episcopa

Bethel Aramana,
Manganam P.O,Kottayam - 686 018                                                                               {Image)

Kerala, India
Email:marmakarios@marthoma.in
 

 

Parents

Late Mr.K.E. Mathew and Late Mrs. Kunjamma Mathai

Thumpamon North Kalayil Kannam Poikayil 

Born on

1953, February 25

Ordained as Deacon

1978, April 22

Ordained as Kassissa

1978, May 22

Ordained as Ramban

2011, May 07

Consecrated as Episcopa

2011, August 13

Bishop Mar Makarios (Rev. Dr. Varghese Mathai) was born on February 25, 1953. He is the son of Mr. K.E. Mathew and Kunjamma of Kalayil Kannanpoikayil. Thirumeni’s mother parish is Thumpamon Immanuel Mar Thoma Church in Pathanamthitta District. Thirumeni completed his bachelor’s degree in Theology from Kottayam Vaideeka Seminary (1975–1978). Makarios Thirumeni was ordained as a Deacon on April 21, 1978 at Kozhencherry St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church by Joseph Mar Ireaneus Episcopa and as a priest on May 22, 1978 at Thiruvalla St. Thomas Church by Alexander Mar Thoma Metropolitan.

He was ordained as a Ramban on May 7, 2011 and consecrated as an Episcopa on August 13, 2011. Thirumeni obtained his M.Th. from FFRRC, Kottayam (1983–1985) and his Ph.D. from SATHRI, Bangalore (1991–1994), based on the subject “The Revelation of Christ in John’s Gospel of the New Testament.” Thirumeni served as a priest in parishes at Ranny Valiyakavu MTC, Karimpanamkuzhy MTC, Kumali MTC, Anakkara MTC, Vandenmedu MTC, Calcutta MTC, Nattaseri MTC, Sydney, Australia, New Zealand parishes, and Othara Ebenezer MTC. He also served as the student chaplain in the Kottayam-Ranni Diocese and as Bahya Kerala Eastern Zonal Secretary.

Thirumeni taught New Testament for 18 years at various institutions including Leonard Theological College, Jabalpur, Mar Thoma Theological Seminary, Kottayam, and FFRRC. Thirumeni also served on the Research Committee of Serampore University, Calcutta and Dean of Doctoral Studies at FFRRC. Thirumeni has written several books in Christian theology including “Paraclete: The Experience of the Holy Spirit,” “Jesus the Good Shepherd,” (Criticism on the Epistle to Hebrews),” (1st Epistle to Corinthians),” (Discipleship: Calling and Responsibility)”. He is presently in charge of the Kottayam – Kochi Diocese.

 

 

Rt. Rev. Gregorios Mar Stephanos Episcopa

Mar Thoma Centre
Makkada P.O,Kakkodi (Via),Calicut - 673 617                                                                {Image)
Kerala, India.                                                        

Ph: +91 495 2265773 ,Fax: +91 495 2267641
Email:marstephanos@marthoma.in

 

Parents

Kochi Panayapally Parayil
Mr.K.P. Varkey and Mrs. Kunjamma(Late)

Born on

1959, March 16

Ordained as Deacon

1986, June 27

Ordained as Kassissa

1986, July 30

Ordained as Ramban

2011, May 07

Consecrated as Episcopa

2011, August 13

Bishop Mar Stephanos (Rev. K. V. Varkey) was born on March 16, 1959.  He is the son of Mr. K.P. Varkey of Kinattukara Parayil house and Kunjamma of Chengannur Plamoottil house. Thirumeni’s mother parish is St. George MTC in Fort Kochi. He obtained B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from Maharajas College, Ernakulam, and M. Phil from Madras Christian College. Thirumeni was in the University football team while studying at Maharaja’s college.
He completed his bachelor’s degree in Theology from Bishop’s College, Calcutta (1982–1986), affiliated to Serampore University. He was ordained as a deacon on June 27, 1986 at St. Thomas MTC, Thiruvalla by Easow Mar Timotheos Episcopa and as a priest on July 30, 1986 at St. George MTC, Fort Cochi by Easow Mar Timotheos Episcopa.

He was ordained as a Ramban on May 7, 2011 and consecrated as an Episcopa on August 13, 2011.  He served as a priest in parishes at Bilaspur, Corba, Ambikapur, Chetpet, Thambaram, St. Thomas Mount, Kolalampur, Ranchi, Mumbai Santacruz, Maramon, Venmony Sehion, and Kavum Bhagom Ebenezer. Thirumeni also served as the Principal and Manager of Ranchi St. Thomas School, Vice President of Ranchi Education Society, Missionary at Ranchi Navajeevan Kendram, manager at Maramon A.M.M. School, Vice President of Niranam-Maramon Voluntary Evangelistic Association, Vice President of Niranam-Maramon Development Board, and Secretary of Mar Thoma Medical Mission. For his administrative abilities, he has received several awards, including best principal award in 1997 from Prathibbha Uthan Parishad, Bihar, Vijayasree award in 1999 from India International Friendship Society, New Delhi, and International Millennium Gold Star Award in 2000 from International Forum for NRS’s New Delhi. He is presently the Episcopa of the Kunnamkulam- Malabar Diocese.

Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Mar Theethos Episcopa

Mar Thoma Centre,
Plot No.18, Sector 10-A,                                                                                                      {Image)
Vashi, Navi Mumbai,Maharashtra - 400703, India.

Ph: +91 22 27657141 (P), 27669484, Fax: +91 22 27669486
Email:martheethos@marthoma.in,mumbaidio@marthoma.in

 

Parents

Mr.P.N. George and Mrs. Aleyamma George
Adoor Kannamcode Kottackattu Puthen Veettil 

Born on

1959, May 10

Ordained as Deacon

1985, June 01

Ordained as Kassissa

1985, June 14

Ordained as Ramban

2011, May 07

Consecrated as Episcopa

2011, August 13

Bishop Mar Theethos (Rev. Dr. Oommen George) was born on May 10, 1959. He is the son of P. N. George of Kottakkad Puthenveettil, Kannankode, Adoor, and Aleyamma of Pinuvilayil Thengumthundiyl, Thevalakara. Thirumeni’s mother parish is Adoor Kannamkode MTC. He obtained his graduation in Science from Catholicate College in Pathanamthitta. Thirumeni completed his B.D. from Kottayam Theological Seminary (1982–1985). He was ordained as a deacon on June 1, 1985 at Adoor Kannamkode MTC by Easow Mar Timotheos Episcopa, and as a priest on June 14, 1985 at Kottarakara MTC by Easow Mar Timotheos Episcopa.

He was ordained as a Ramban on May 7, 2011 and consecrated as an Episcopa on August 13, 2011. He received his Masters degree in Sociology from Indore University and M.Th. and Ph.D. from Dharmaaram Theological College, Bangalore based on the subject “Holy Communion and Spirituality”. He also had his higher education from Amsterdam University, Netherlands during his doctoral studies. Thirumeni served as priest in parishes at Chengaroth, Chempanoda, Anakulam, Gandhigram, Bhuj, Bhav Nagar, Mumbai Goregaon, Colaba, Thumkur, Kalamassery, Chengannur-Thittamel, Pularicadu, and Chirayirambu. He also served in the Diocese of North America & Europe at Long Island MTC, New York, St. James MTC, New York, and St. Andrew’s MTC, New York. Thirumeni served as the principal of Indore Higher Secondary School and as Bishop Secretary to Most Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom, Valiya Metropolitan. He is presently in Charge of the Mumbai Diocese.