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Malankara Association to Meet on February 17, 2010

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KOTTAYAM: Preparations are underway to meet Malankara Association on Wednesday 17, February 2010 to elect 7 more bishops.

The Sabha Managing Committee held today at Pazhaya Seminary finally gave green signal to elect 7 more bishops for the Church of Malankara.

The venue for the Malankara Association will be Mar Baselios Nagar, Sasthamkotta. The event will begin at 12 in the noon.

The Sabha Managing Committee had elected 3 of its members to the Screening Committee. Fr. Dr. O. Thomas, Dr. George Varghese, Delhi (Prasar Bharathi) and Adv. Biju Oommen Muringasseril from Thiruvalla are the newly appointed screening committee members.

The Holy Episcopal synod nominates for the screening committee are Thomas Mar Athanasius (Chengannoor), Dr. Thomas Mar Athanasius (Moovattupuzha) and Dr. Mathews Mar Severios (Synod Secretary) Kandanadu Diocese.

Priest Trustee – Fr. Dr. Johns Abraham Konattu, Association Secretary – Dr. George Joseph and Lay Trustee- M George Muthoot will be the Ex-officio members in the screening committee.

The Catholicose and Malankara Metropolitan nominated two more members from Theological seminaries. Fr Dr T J Joshua (Orthodox Theological Seminary,Kottayam) and Fr.Bijesh Philip ( Nagapur St.Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary) are the nominated members.

The “largest church parliament in the world,” the Malankara Association, meets this time to elect seven more bishops. More than 4,000 delegates, comprising more than a 1,700 priests and nearly 3,000 laymen, representing the 1,700 parishes of the Malankara Orthodox Church all over the world will participate.

The constitution has clearly defined the composition and representation of the association. In article 71: a priest two laymen elected by each parish general body and the members of the existing managing committee shall be members of the association. This was later amended in time with Supreme Court directive. Now the representation of the lay people is based on the number of parishioners.

The association is the body that elects the members of the managing committee, bishops, the Catholicos and Malankara metropolitan. Malankara metropolitan is the president of the Malankara Syrian Christian Association.

The Malankara Association last met at the Mar Thimothios Memorial Higher Secondary School, Pampakkuda, on Thursday September 11 elected seven bishops from the 10 nominated by the managing committee of the Malankara Orthodox Church.

Those elected were Fr. Alex Daniel, Fr. Christophorous Ramban, Fr. Eldo Ramban, Fr. John Panikker, Fr. Markose Joseph, Fr. Mathew Baby and Fr. Stephen.