KOTTAYAM: The Holy Episcopal Synod of Malankara Orthodox Church approved the election of seven candidates to episcopacy at the Malankara Syrian Christian Association met on February 17 at Sasthamkotta. The Holy Synod met at the Catholicate Palace Hall, Devalokam and HH the Catholicos presided over sessions. Sittings of the Holy Synod stretched from February 18th through 26.
Fr. Dr. John Mathews, Fr. V. M. James, Fr. Dr. Nathaniel Ramban, Fr. Yoohanon Ramban, Fr. Dr. Sabu Kuriakose, Fr. Dr. George Pulikottil and Fr. Dr. V. M. Abraham are the seven Metropolitan-elects.
Out of these seven five are priests and they will be professed as Remban on April 15th, 2010 at Parumala St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Orthodox Church. They will be consecrated as bishops on Thursday, September 23, 2010. Venue for the consecration will be announced later.
Holy Episcopal Synod Secretary Dr. Mathews Mar Severios presented minutes. Youhanon Mar Milithos, Zachariah Mar Nicholavos, Alexios Mar Eusebius and Dr. Youhanon Mar Dioscoros led the daily retreats.
In order to form a ‘social service strategy’ for the Church a committee was formed with Youhanon Mar Chrisostomos as Chairman. ‘Department of Human Resource Development’ will be reconstituted as ‘Ministry of Human Empowerment’ and the new Ministry will begin a ‘Family Centre and an Employment Portal’ to cater to the various needs of faithful.
The Holy Synod decided to celebrate ‘World Ecological Day’, June 5th and decided further to organize a range of ecological awareness programs.
It was further decided that in 2012, when the Church celebrates ‘Centenary of Catholicate’ and ‘1960 years of Christianity in India’ an International Symposium will be organized, in which all Oriental Orthodox Churches shall participate.
From now on Visitor Bishop for the Christusishya Ashram, Thadagam, will be Dr. Zachariah Mar Theophilos.