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Mar Nichodimos will be awarded Doctorate on May 18

NEW YORK: General Theological Seminary in New York will award five honorary doctorate degrees on May 18 during the seminary’s 189th commencement ceremony.

Among the 5, Joshua Mar Nicodimos, Metropolitan of Nilackal Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, a former student of General Theological Seminary, is one of the degree recipients

Mar Nicodimos is first metropolitan of the newly formed Nilackal Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church in India.

Born in 1962, he received a master’s degree from Kerala University, a B.D. from Serampoor University, a Master of Theology degree from the Indian Institute of Spirituality, and a Master of Sacred Theology degree from the General Theological Seminary.

An innovative and responsible priest of the church, he took a lead in the preparation of teaching materials for Christian education at all levels, especially in the areas of Baptism, Eucharist, and the sacramental life.

Before his consecration in the Mar Elia Cathedral, Kottayam on May 12, 2010, he served as superior of the Holy Trinity Ashram, Ranni, India, where he was spiritual leader to 40 monks. He also served as director of Holy Trinity Disabled Children’s Centre in Trivandrum, and as local manager of the Holy Trinity School, also in Trivandrum. In US he served as the manager for the Diocesan center in New York and secretary to Metropolitan Mathews Mar Barnabas.