NEW DELHI: Primate of the Antiochene Syriac Orthodox Church, Mor Severios Mose Gurgan consecrated two priests from Jacobite and Orthodox factions as bishops at St. James Lutheran Church, New Delhi on June 17.
Yuhanon Mor Thimothios is appointed as bishop of Idukki and North Kerala diocese and Mathews Mor Gregorios as bishop of Kottayam and South Kerala diocese.
Yuhanon Ramban was serving as Manager of Manjanikkara Dayara. He has also served as manager of Benyamin Joseph Mar Osthathios, the former secretary of two Patriarchs of Antioch, namely, Yacob III and Zakka Iwas. He was a member of St. Johns Jacobite Church, Rajakumari. He belongs to the Molethu family, Rajakumari, Idukki.
Fr. C.G. Mathews hails from Neduvampurathu Kaliankal family of Kaipattoor, Pathanamthitta and was a member of St. Ignatius Orthodox Church, Kaippettoor of Thumpamon diocese. He is at present the Superior of St. Jude’s Monastry, Amayannoor, Kottayam. Fr. C.G. Mathews completed his B.D and M.Th. from Orthodox Theological Seminary Kottayam. It was in 2004 that Fr. C.G. Mathews established the St.Jude’s Dayara at Amayannoor, near Kottayam. Fr. Mathews, being a humble devotee of St. Jude, started the Dayara to materialize his vision, which he had had during his North Indian Ministry. He is also the Chief Editor of ‘Thadevoos’, a publication of ecclesiastic interest.
It is the second time that a Jacobite priest becomes bishop of Antiochene Syriac Orthodox Church. Earlier Joseph Ramban of the Patriarchal faction was consecrated as bishop of Antiochene Syriac Orthodox Church by Mor Severios Mose Gurgan, her Primate. Bishop Joseph Mar Barthalomios is shepherding Ankamali and Central Kerala diocese.
It is being understood that Mor Severios Mosus Gurgan has plans to consecrate more bishops and priests for Antiochene Syriac Orthodox Church in Kerala and other countries.