Bishops Election: Nov. 9 – Deadline to Submit Nominations

Written By: on Nov 5th, 2009 and filed under Church News, Episcopal Election, News.

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KOTTAYAM: For the upcoming Bishops election, the deadline to submit the nomination from qualified celibate priests is announced as November 9, 2009.

After the cut off date, the screening committee will collect confidential reports from various sources on the candidates. Accordingly the screening committee will review the details and announce 14 candidates from among the nomination they received, on December 30, 2009.

On Friday January 22, the Sabha Managing committee will meet to select 11 candidates out of the 14 names submitted by the Screening Committee and they will be declared as official candidates of the church. By January 27 the final list of candidates will be published from the Catholicate office to prepare the ballot paper.

From a reliable source from Kottayam, we understand that at present Twenty plus nomination papers are out on circulation for signatures from the Malankara Association Members.

Malankara Syrian Christian Association will meet on February 17, 2009 at Mar Baselios Nagar Sasthamkotta to elect 7 more Bishops for Malankara Orthodox Church.

Last time much ado was on air on the process of the screening committee. This time the screening committee nominees were elected by the Managing committee Members through secret ballot and endorsed them for the new office.

“We have much confidence in our nominees. Better we take our hands off from the screening process and allow them to do their job.” told IOH by one of the Managing Committee Members.

The faithful of the Church are curiously waiting for the outcome of the process.

For more details visit our Malayalam Edition on Nov. 6

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