Episcopal Election 2010: Candidate’s Profiles

Written By: on Feb 4th, 2010 and filed under Episcopal Election, Opinions.

Among all ancient Christian churches the Malankara Church is one with a strong democratic footing to elect her leaders.

Malankara Syrian Christian Association consisting more than 4000 members representing the whole Malankara Church is her supreme legislative assembly. Historians, therefore, depict this assembly as the parliament of Malankara.

Malankara Association elects the Malankara Metropolitan, the Catholicose, Priest Trustee, Lay Trustee, Metropolitans and Church Managing Committee members. The constitution of the Malankara Church can be amended or new by-laws can be introduced only through getting them passed in this apex body.

Episcopal election demands, however, at least 50 percent and one vote separately from the clergy and lay members, who are legally entitled to vote and be present at the Association site, to declare a candidate elected.

Members are elected to represent parishes at the Malankara Association. This election at parish level is according to the proportion of families in each parish basing the Supreme Court directives. Representatives from each parish are issued with a certificate of legitimacy (Adhikaara Pathram) on a specified format, which is sent from the Church Secretariat. Attendees then have to produce and submit this certificate of legitimacy validated by the vicars to enter into the Association Site.

Here below is the list of 11 official candidates for the Episcopal election to be held at Sasthamkotta on February 17, 2010.

Click on the names of the candidate to view their profile and photo. (The names are mentioned below according to descending order of age).

1. Fr. Dr. John Mathews (57) (Old Seminary)
2. Dr. Nathaniel Ramban (57) (St.Pauls)
3. Fr. V. M. James (56) (Mt.Horeb Ashram)
4. Thomas Yohannan Elavukattu Ramban (56) (Cathilicate center-Kozhuvaloor)
5. Fr. Zacharia O.I.C (55) (Bethany Ashram)
6. Fr. Mathukkutty (49) (Chengamanadu Ashram)
7. Yoohanon Ramban (47) (Ranni Ashram)
8. Fr. M. K. Kurian (45) (Madras)
9. Fr. Dr. Sabu Kuriakose (43) (Devalokam Aramana)
10. Fr. Dr. George Pulikottil (42) (Nagapur Seminary)
11. Fr. Dr. V. M. Abraham (40) (MGOCSM)

These candidates are filtered out through two levels of screenings from 27 nominations received towards the seven Episcopal vacancies at the beginning of the process. The Church considers this 11 member panel as the official one and wants to elect seven candidates to be consecrated as bishops out of this panel.

Although campaigning is forbidden through an official bull from the Malankara Metropolitan, pamphlets are circulating freely and there exists a fear among the faithful as well as the church administration that this anti-campaigning might considerably reduce the chance of getting seven bishop elects from this official panel.

Observes from Kottayam smell solitary voting and invalid voting being planned at various corners. This will jeopardize the election process and thereby making the results unpredictable. Therefore, IOH also thinks that chance for getting elected can be limited to between three to five candidates at the Sasthamkotta Association.


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7 Responses for “Episcopal Election 2010: Candidate’s Profiles”

  1. Praying for the church to get the desired number of candidates.Let the Holy spirit help to get the number seven

  2. Priest says:

    Too many anonymous printouts are being circulated to confuse the voters. The situation getting verse here.

    Hope for the best.

    Mathews Achen

  3. Philip A.C, Auckland says:

    Please correct my request to the candidates as 11 candidates instead of 10 and also the last sentence to be read as, Be prepared to be one among the 4 loosers not among the seven winners.
    Sorry for the error.

  4. Philip A.C, Aukland says:

    A request to all the faithful:

    Pray for the Church when it is embarking on a mission of electing 7 more Bishops. We have 3 dioceses without Bishops and minimum 3 more dioceses are being planned after the Diocese reorganization committee submits its report shortly. We have also a few Bishops who are ailing and are awaiting their successor for retirement. So we need to get seven elected.

    A request to the association members:

    Please cast all your seven votes. Please count the number of votes you cast as one extra vote means the ballot paper becomes in valid. During the last election, one elected candidate got 137 single votes, which means 137 people didn’t vote for a second person when they could have gone upto voting for seven candidates. All the candidates are equal in the eyes of the faithful and the Church. So please utilize all your valuable votes.

    A request to the 10 Candidates:

    All of you must have conducted Holy Qurbana on Aneeda Sunday. But I don’t know how many of you must have listened to the Old Testament readings. Incidentally, there is a reading which is worth the occasion of your election to episcopate. Please don’t consider this as an advice. Ezekiel Chapter 34. Please do a self analysis. Are you all worth the calling? I am sure many will fall short of the expectations. Please correct in the lines of what the Prophet says irrespective of the fact whether you win or loose the election and put a brave face even if you loose the election. Be prepared to be one among the 3 loosers not among the seven winners.
    Wish you all the very best.

  5. Dear beloveds,
    We need spiritual leaders to lead our Church in the new millennium. Be aware about the value of your votes. Each vote is valuable as you are the determining factor of the future of The Malankara Orthodox Church. But you must have a vision for what you are going to decide. You should not cast your vote to whom you are not satisfied with qualities. This is not a position to decorate somebody to please. This is the time for you to determine the future of the Indian Orthodox Church, which is the Body of Jesus Christ. You have the responsibility to keep its Holiness. It is the responsibility of all of us to do what all we can to ensure a free and fair election. We must ensure that the most eligible and worthy candidates are selected. We can safely say that if we can do our bit sincerely to ensure a fair and free election there – God’s voice will be heard and the outcome would be God’s will. A lot of money and efforts being spent by the church in organizing such an event. It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to see to it, that the efforts do not go in vain.

    We call upon every faithful of the Church to remember this topic in your daily prayers and request all Parish representatives to fast and pray before attend and exercise your rights at the Association Meeting. God Almighty will guide you to cast your valuable vote.


  6. Fr. T.George,Ireland. says:


  7. Fr.Varghese Yohannan Vattaparampil says:

    Surely seven candidates can be easily elected,if our association members will vote with a faith in God almighty.

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