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Bishops Election 2010: 27 Candidates for Episcopate

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KOTTAYAM: Catholicate office had received twenty seven nomination papers duly signed on Nov. 9, 2009 informing their candidacy to episcopate.

Since the screening process is on the way, we are are not giving any details other than the names.
1. Fr. Dr. John Mathews
2. Dr. M.S.Yoohanon Remban
3. Fr. Dr. O. P. Varghese
4. Fr. V. M. James
5. Rev M S Sakariah Ramban
6. Fr. Mathai OIC
7. Rev.Dr.Nathaniel Remban
8. Rev. Thomas Yohannan Elavukattu Remban
9. Fr. Zacharia O.I.C
10. Rev Geevarghese Ramban
11. Fr. V. J. Thomas
12. Fr. Dr. M. O. John
13. Fr. K. V. Paul
14. Fr. Mathukkutty Chengamanadu
15. Rev Yoohanon Ramban
16. Fr. K. Geevarghese Chengamanadu
17. Fr. M. K. Kurian
18. Rev. G.M. Skariah Remban
19. Fr. Dr. Sabu Kuriakose
20. Fr. Dr. George Pulikottil
21. Fr. Alexander Daniel
22. Fr. Dr. P.C.Thomas
23. Fr. Dr. V. M. Abraham
24. Rev. Zacharia Ramban
25. Fr. Abraham Thomas
26. Fr. Jacob Daniel
27. Fr. Simon Lukose

For the coming Episcopal election, the age limit for the candidates is fixed as 40 to 55. According to the new norms released, the qualified candidates may also be eligible for a 3 year grace when considering other factors.

The screening committee will now review the nominations so far received and finally on December 30, 2009 they will forward 14 candidates’ names to the Sabha Managing Committee to meet on January 22, 2010 to select 11 candidates out of 14.

Finally the names of the 11 candidates will be announced as an official panel for a secret ballot to elect 7 Bishops for Malankara Orthodox Church. 4000 plus members of the Malankara Syrian Christian Association are eagerly looking forward for the out come of the Sabha managing Committee and then will decide to who they are to vote for.

In 1986 Malankara Orthodox Herald had written an editorial requesting the church to appoint a scrutiny Committee for future Episcopal elections to evade the canvassing of candidates. Almost 20 years later the church has adapted the concept.