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Chor-Episcopos Thomas Mundukuzhy Passes Away


ALBANY: Very. Rev. Chor-episcopos Thomas Mundukuzhy had passed away earlier this evening in Albany. He was 74. Chor-episcopos Thomas Mundukuzhy was one of the most active and dedicated priests of Malankara Orthodox Church in the American Diocese.

Chor-episcopos Thomas Mundukuzhy had organized the Sunday School of the American Diocese in a systematic way and was the Director of S.S for a long period. He also served as the secretary to Late Mathews Mar Athanasius (Later His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Mathews I ), while as a Deacon . In this period he had compiled and published the “Priest companion” in Malayalam, a small pocket book for the use of priests. Later he wrote the book “Our Church” in English which is a best seller among English reading faithful outside Kerala. More than 25 books he authored.

He is survived by his wife Mrs Achamma Thomas, children Vinu, Anil, Mohan, Annie, daughter-in law Bindu, son-in-law Robin, grandchildren Andrew and Aaron. Chor episcopos was son of Kunnamthanam Mudukuzhy Late Mathai Philipose and Mariamma in Pathanamthitta District. Brothers : Philipose, Late Varghese, Philipose (Baby), Alexander ( Thankachen), Mathew (Kunjumon), Aniyan. Sisters: Mariamma and Sosamma.

Chor episcopos had migrated to America in 1967 for his higher studies in Journalism. Later he served as an editor in NBC Television for a period.

Chor episcopos had conducted Holy services in Kingston last Sunday, where he was shepherding for many years. He was also the Vicar of St.Paul’s Orthodox Church, Albany and Syracuse Orthodox Church. Chor episcops also served in Toronto St. George Orthodox Church and Brooklyn St. Mary’s. He had an exemplary life. He has touched the lives of many through his sermons and writings.