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Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Syrian Church

Founder St. Thomas the Apostle
Independence Apostolic Era
Recognition Oriental Orthodox
Primate His Holiness Mar Baselios Mar Thoma Didymos I
Headquarters Kottayam, Kerala
Territory India
Possessions [1]
Language Malayalam,Syriac, English, Hindi
Website Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church

Coordinates: 11°19′05″N 75°56′42″E / 11.3179721832°N 75.9451217651°E / 11.3179721832; 75.9451217651

History of Diocese

The Malabar Diocese, which has extended in the western districts of Kerala, was formed in 1953. Paulose Mar Sevarios and Pathrose Mar Osthathios (1953-68) have executed its administration at different times. From 11 November 1966 Thomas Mar Timotheos became the diocesan head and now Catholicose of the East. Mount Hermon Aramana in Kozhikode is the diocesan headquarters. The St. Thomas Home and Estate and the Aravanchal Estate at Erumamunda and Attapadi, and Parumala Mar Gregorios Orthodox Guidance Center are some of the institutions functioning under the aegis of the diocese. The Attapadi St. Thomas Mission Center comes under the Malabar Diocese. From 1997 onwards the diocesan journal Hermon Sandhesam is being published. The Aramana is situated 100 meters away from the Kattamgal junction on the Kozhikode- Mukam route near the Regional Engineering College, Kozhikode.

Mount Hermon , R.E.C P.O, Kozhikode 673 60, India REC post,Kozhikode-673601

Malankara Sabha

Metropolitan ( Bishop )

His Grace Dr Zacharia Mar Theophilos

File:Mar Zachariah.jpg

His Grace, a member of St George Orthodox Church, Chengaroor, was born on 16 September 1952 to Mr MP Chandapillai and Mrs Achamma Chandapillai, Manjanamkuzhiyil, Puthussery South Post, Kallupara, Thiruvalla. He had his early education in local schools at Kallupara, and college education at Marthoma College, Thiruvalla. After taking his Bachelors Degree in Science (BSc Maths) from the University of Kerala, he joined Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam, for theological studies. After his Graduate Degree in Sacred Theology (GST) from Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam, he joined the Bachelor of Divinity (BD) degree at the Senate of Serampore University. After taking his MTh from FFRRC, Serampore, he completed research studies in "Bible and Holy Land Past and Present" at St George College, Jerusalem. The St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, New Jersey, USA, conferred on him a Degree of Doctor of Ministry in the faculty of Theology for his dissertation, “Strengthening Prayer Life in Parishes".

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