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H.H. Baselios Marthoma Paulose II

The Eighth Catholicos of the East & Malankara Metropolitan (2010–present)

Young Paul was born in a small village called Mangad near Kunnamkulam August 30, 1946 to the ancient Syrian Christian family of Kollannur to K. I. Ipe and Kunjeetty. Paul was baptized at his home parish, St. Mary 's Orthodox Church, Pazhanj.

From his early childhood Paul showed keen interest in spiritual matters. His home parish played an important role in his spiritual growth. At the age of 13, he was selected by his parish priest to be one among the twelve in the ‘Washing of Feet Service ' by His Grace Paulose Mar Severios, Metropolitan. This marked a turning point in the life of young Paul when Metropolitan Mar Severios saw the making of a priest in his character.

The influence of his parents, especially that of his mother who hails from the famous Pulikkottil family, played a great role in the molding of his spiritual life. Even from his childhood, he took great interest in Syriac chants and prayers and was very keen in attending all liturgical services in the Church. Following his interests and his leaning towards the Orthodox Faith, young Paul joined the Orthodox Theological Seminary from where he secured GST and Bachelor of Divinity from the Serampore University.

His Grace Yuhanon Mar Severios of Blessed Memory ordained him to the Subdiaconate at the Holy Pilgrimage Center of the Church, St. Peter & St. Paul Church, Parumala on April 8, 1972 and to the full Diaconate at Sion Seminary, Koratty on May 31, 1973. He was ordained to priesthood by his spiritual father, Yuhanon Mar Severios Metropolitan, at Sion Seminary, Koratty on June 2, 1973.

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Fr. Paul served as a model shepherd of St. Mary's Orthodox Church Ernakulam, Moolepat Orthodox Church Pazhanji, St. Mary 's Magdalene Convent Adappotty, Kummanmkulam and Medical College Chapel Kottayam.

 

The Malankara Syrian Christian Association held at MGM Thiruvalla on December 28, 1982 elected Fr. Paul as Metropolitan. His Grace Mathews Mar Coorilos, (later His Holiness Moran Mar Baselius Mar Thoma Mathews II) of Blessed Memory, professed Fr. Paul to Monastic Orders (Ramban) May 14, 1983 and was later consecrated as Metropolitan Paulose Mar Milithios by His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Mathews I, of Blessed Memory.

His Grace was elevated as the first Metropolitan of the newly formed Kunnamkulam diocese on 1st August 1985. The Malankara Syrian Christian Association held at Parumala on 12th October 2006 unanimously elected His Grace Paulose Mar Milithios Metropolitan as the Catholicos Designate and the successor to the Malankara Metropolitan. On 1st November 2010, following the abdication of his predecessor, His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Didymus I. His Grace Paulose Mar Milithios Metropolitan was enthroned as the Catholicos of the East & Malankara Metropolitan with the new name His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Paulose II.

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Rev. Fr. George Ninan

Priest

Office Bearers

Committed to instilling the Malankara Orthodox faith into all congregants. At St. Thomas Orthodox Church of Washington our office bearers consists of the Vicar and elected office bearers that are committed to providing exceptional service to our growing community. They are the faces behind the daily upkeep of the Church, and the reason behind our ability to smoothly run our events and services. Contact us today and speak with one of our office bearers.

Shibu Baby

Shibu Baby

Executive Committee Member

Thomas Varghese

Thomas Varghese

Ex-Officio and Executive Committee Member

Leslie George

Leslie George

Executive Committee Member

Nittu Thomas

Nittu Thomas

Secretary

Jacob George

Jacob George

Executive Committee Member

Sanju Joseph

Sanju Joseph

Trustee

Abraham Jacob

Abraham Jacob

Executive Committee Member

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