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Fr. Dr. Bijesh Philip To Be At Helm at Nagpur Seminary

Fr John Behr, Dean, (left) and Fr Chad Hatfield, Chancellor, (right) welcomed SVS Alumnus ('95) Fr Bijesh Philip to the seminary campus during Bright Week. Fr Bijesh, Professor of Patristics at St Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary in Nagpur, India, and author of many books, including Christian Faith and Global Peace, is continuing an exchange between the two seminaries that began in September 2000. Fr Behr renewed that exchange when he spent two weeks in central and southern India in October 2009, at the invitation of the Malankara Orthodox Church-Photo by Vladimar Seminary web Team

NAGPUR: The Holy Episcopal Synod of Malankara Orthodox Church has decided to appoint Fr. Dr. Bijesh Philip (43) as new Principal to the St. Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary, Nagpur. Fr. Bijesh Philip’s name was proposed by a sub committee of the Holy Episcopal Synod comprising Metropolitans Youhanon Mar Milithios (Chair), Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, and Alexios Mar Eusebius.

Fr. Bijesh passed out of the Orthodox Theological Seminary with B.D. and GST in 1991 with flying colors. In 1993 he joined the St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, New York for M.Th. studies, which he passed in 1995. St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary is one of the prestigious Orthodox Seminaries in the United States and is highly rated among the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) for United States and Canada. Fr. Bijesh Philip is the only faculty member in the seminaries of Malankara Orthodox Church with M.Th. Degree from an Orthodox theological institution.

In 1996 Fr. Bijesh joined the faculty of St. Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary, Nagpur in the Department of Theology and Patristics and is a well renowned theologian and academician of Malankara Church. He joined the Dharmaraam Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore for doctoral studies. His Dissertation was on ‘Christian Commitment to Global Peace in the Theology of Paulos Mar Gregorios and Hans Kueng; A Comparative Study.’ He was declared as Doctor of Theolgy by Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram in 2009. He belongs to Mar Gregarious Orthodox Church, Njaliyakuzhi, Kottayam. Mrs. Seenu Bijesh is his wife and he has two sons, Abhishek and Asher.

He published three books in English, namely, Theosis and Mission, Christian Faith and Global Peace and A Sojourn with the Saviour. He has also written books in Malayalam for OVBS and Sunday School.