KOTTAYAM: Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II issued necessary orders to appoint Zachariah Mar Nicholavos as Metropolitan of the North East American Diocese. Metropolitan Mar Nicholavos had been serving the North East American Diocese as Assistant to Metropolitan Mathews Mar Barnabas since 2002.
The new Metropolitan had been attending winter sessions of Holy Episcopal Synod at Sophia Center, Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam. He will return to the United states on March 11, 2011.
Decisions on the official welcome to the new Metropolitan will be taken in the Diocesan Council meeting and will be informed later, said Fr. John Thomas, the Diocesan Secretary.