PARUMALA: A meeting of the Malankara Syrian Christian Association , 4,051-member parliament of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, held at the St Gregorios Nagar (Parumala seminary premises) on the banks of the Pampa at Parumala near Thiruvalla at 1 p.m. on Today is over by electing Metropolitan Paulos Mar Militheos as Catholicos-designate.
His Holiness The Malankara Metropolitan and Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Didymus 1 thereafter declared elected Mar Militheos as Catholicos-designate who would be the successor to the throne of St. Thomas as Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan. The Catholicos and Metropolitans of the Church were received to the meeting venue in a ceremonial procession from Parumala church at 1 p.m. The Malankara Metropolitan, who is also the president of the Malankara Syrian Christian Association, presided over the meeting. Church secretary Alexander Karackal welcomed the gathering.
The Catholicos-elect sought the blessings of the Catholicos soon after his elections. H.B.Mar Militheos was felicitated at a public meeting held on the Parumala seminary premises later. The Mar Thoma Metropolitan Philipose Mar Chrysostum inaugurated the meeting. The Catholicos presided. Nair Service Society general secretary P.K. Narayana Panicker; Archbishop of Changanassery (Syro-Malabar Church) Mar Joseph Powathil; Pro Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University K.P. Younuskutty; Geevarghese Mar Osthathios, senior metropolitan of the Church; Dr. Alexander Karackal; Fr. O. Thomas, clergy trustee of the Church; P.C. Abraham Padinjarekkara, lay trustee; addressed the meeting.
The Association resolved to increase the strength of the managing committee of the Church in view of the creation of new dioceses.