Tech-savvy Malankara Orthodox Metropolitans… Mar Nicholovos And Mar Eusebius Emerge Active Facebook Users

Written By: on Sep 18th, 2010 and filed under Columns, Features, Opinions.

“Two google searches would produce as much green-house gases as boiling a cup of water!!!”

This was an interesting posting on Facebook from HG Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, Assistant Metropolitan of America. This however related to a feature from UK The Sunday Times, titled: “Revealed: the environmental impact of Google searches.”

With more than 500 million active users, Facebook, the social networking and microblogging site launched in 2004, is really the in-thing. The Facebook bug has not left Malankara Orthodox metropolitans either. Those belonging to the younger generation have switched to the high-tech virtual world easily.

HG Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, based in New York and HG Alexios Mar Eusebius, new Metropolitan of the Texas-based Diocese of South West America have emerged front runners with their updates and postings.

Not to be left behind is HG Dr Yuhanon Mar Milithios, Thrissur diocese Metropolitan head who uses MSN space lavishly and differently.

Mar Nicholovos tops with an impressive list of 1,502 friends followed closely by Mar Eusebius at 1,490 and the list seems growing rapidly with each passing week.

Both Mar Nicholovos and Mar Eusebius due to their base in the United States have utilized the virtual world to be in touch with the net-crazy Orthodox faithful.

The immensely popular microblogging site have helped them keep their community of friends updated through their posts, pictures and videos.

They have also used the site to espouse the cause of the Malankara Orthodox church and its beliefs in the best possible manner.

They have linked their likes to bishops of the older generation like Catholicate head HH Baselios Marthoma Didymos I, HB Paulose Mar Milithios, HG Job Mar Philoxenos, HG Yuhanon Mar Meletius, HG Dr Mathews Mar Severios, HG Geevarghese Mar Osthathios and HG Joseph Mar Dionysius.

HG Dr Yuhanon Milithios may have a long way to go on netting Facebook friends as he is way behind with 172 friends. But logging presents one with a startling picture. Milithios is tech savvy to the hilt and keeps in constant touch with his friends and followers.

Setting up his own blog, the Metropolitan has gathered an amazing collection of events and happenings in his life and shared it for public view.

Dr Milithios welcomes comments for visiting his site. “Those who visit my space and record their comments must leave their email ID too if a reply is expected, I do not wish to make this a discussion forum. Thank you for your co-operation,” he writes.

The huge and meticulous collection of events, talks and pictures is available on SkyDrive set up as public folders (about 208) all of which are open for public view and individual opinion.

MOTC TV team has created Facebook page for Catholicos-designate HB Paulose Mar Milithios and dedicated it to Niyuktha Bava Thirumeni and liked by 202 people. He is also on

HG Mathews Mar Barnabas, Metropolitan of America is on Facebook in the most humble manner with his quote – “As a priest he went where other priests hesitated to go. He put his heart and soul to live his divine call,” on the front page.

His links are on “The Secret of Real Work At Home Success,” “How I Lost 5 Stone 4 Pounds In 15 Weeks” and also “Reconciliation of Malankara Syrian Christians.”

HG Job Mar Philoxenos, Metropolitan, Diocese of Delhi, is referred as Vanampady of The Indian Orthodox Church on Facebook.

MOTC team has also initiated HG Dr Mathews Mar Severios, Metropolitan of Kandanad on Facebook. Introduced as serving the Holy Episcopal Synod as its secretary! with links to Mar Severios also has an exclusive site on charitable projects at which opens with a saying of Mother Teresa. Lists of various charitable projects of Kandanad diocese is on

HG Dr Geevarghese Mar Osthathios is online on which insights his profile, articles, books, institutions and details the Mar Osthathios Vision.

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6 Responses for “Tech-savvy Malankara Orthodox Metropolitans… Mar Nicholovos And Mar Eusebius Emerge Active Facebook Users”

  1. Dear John,
    I never visited their postings. My data was from IOH and MTV reports and my response was to those reports. Pardon my ignorance. My general research showed that they must be spending quite bit of time- about 10 hours or more p/d (statistically speaking) simply reaching out our youngsters. If it is simply a “social net work/cool guy” approach (from you example) then it is a different take. Mission is the “Missio- Dei” , that is God’s mission. Our calling is to extend that mission.. By the way, responsible and ethical use of technology with some set guidelines is a contextualization of ministry. However, you don’t give the secrets of HAARP technology to a toddler.

  2. Jacob K. says:


    I agree. Based on the article, I had incorrectly assumed that our Thirumeni’s were presenting our church in a positive light.

    It is not the tool (Facebook, Twitter) that matters. Content is what matters.

    Yes – we do have some very good, devout and highly educated priests (both young and old) who do the Lord’s work in the right way.

    May God continue to grant them wisdom and courage.

  3. John Mathew says:

    With all due respect, do you actually thing that:
    “Vacation now over … have to shed a few pounds … need to bring that glucose level to under 100″
    is the type of mature, experienced online comment that is going to attract the supposed “lost youth” of the diaspora back to the Church?

    I don’t think so. What I do think is that this kind of silliness is what will turn off more people from the Church when they realize that our leaders are not the type of “spiritual mentors” they want.

    In my opinion, the saving grace of the Malankara Church is the large minority of extremely competent, decent, devoted priests, not the supposedly tech-savvy bishops who tweet useless trivia.

    If you want a real example of technologically-savvy churches that do useful things, look at the Orthodox Church in America or the British Orthodox Church. They provide copious amounts of material that help to logically define what they are about, and leave it to those principles to attract people. That’s the way to do it, the Orthodox way.

    Can you imagine Parumala Mar Gregorios fooling around with the internet? Or let’s even look at lesser bishops like Mor Augen?

    No! Those fathers wrote books, started monasteries, translated ancient texts to make them accessible to the modern generation (of their time). They fostered Orthodoxy.

    The bishops we have now? Can they even touch the hem of our true fathers of old?

    Or is Orthodoxy about merely gaining new converts and followers via any mechanism? Then why stop at tweets and facebook, why not totally embrace the modern era and get on a reality TV show, or go on America’s Got Talent, or whatever?

    I doubt these bishops are presenting our Church in a positive light; if you want an example of that, you need only check out the OCA or the British Orthodox Church for examples of how it ought to be done.

    Thankfully, we have priests like Chos Episcopa Thottupuram putting out useful online journals like the “Voice of Orthodoxy” to counterbalance the immature Facebook junk.

  4. Jacob K. says:


    At least these Thirumenis are exposing positive aspects of our church on the world-wide web.

    But, what about some of our inexperienced Achens who haven’t learned the dangers of the new media and use Facebook and Twitter as teenagers!

    It is hilarious to read some of their postings.

  5. John Mathew says:

    What happened to the good old days when we were led by non-worldly monks, who one could refer to as a “spiritual father” without gagging?

    Now what do we have?

    Worldly vacuous politicians.

  6. Great. Evangelization in a digital age. It is a good tool as the social network is growing leaps and bounds- over 500 million people already in the list with 70% in the US. Other statistics shows that 78% of the Face book users falls below 35 years or younger. Average face book users has about 130 fans and they spend about 55 minutes a day browsing/interacting on face book. It seems that digital technology use by our bishops will help attract more youth back to the church since there is a growing concerns about our diaspora youngsters.

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