KOTTAYAM: Sources informed IOH that the largest ecclesiastical parliament, namely, the Malankara Association, is to meet in March 2012. This meeting will elect members to the next Malankara Managing Committee and the new Managing Committee will replace the present one that completes its tenure next year. Date and venue of the Association will be known in the coming days.
The 2012 Association will elect the new Priest and Lay Trustees. This Association will be the first one to be convened by the reigning Catholicos Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II.
The new Malankara Association Secretary will be elected in the first meeting of the new Malankara Managing Committee meeting.
The present Malankara Managing Committee was elected at the Malankara Association meeting convened by the then Catholicos Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Didymus I at Parumala on March 21, 2007. The September 2006 meeting decided that the Managing Committee shall have 129 elected members and 30 nominees of Malankara Metropolitan.
The last Malankara Association was met at Sasthamkotta on February 17, 2010 and it was the Catholicos Emeritus Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Didymus I, who had convened the meeting. Seven priests were elected in that meeting to be elevated to the bishopricate.
The 2012 Malankara Association gains utmost importance considering the fact that the Centenary of the establishment of the Catholicate also falls in 2012.