Our Bishops

His Beatitude Cardinal Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis

Major Arch Bishop – Catholicos
Major Arch Bishop's House, Pattom, Trivandrum 695 015,
Kerala, India, Office Tel. 0091-471-2541642, 2541643, 2540446
Personal Tel: 0091-471-2541331, FAX:2533688
E-mail: [email protected] (Office)
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His Excellency Most Rev. Thomas Mar Koorilos

Metropolitan-Archbishop of Tiruvalla
Archbishop's House, Marygiri, Tiruvalla 689 101
Kerala, India, Tel 0469-2730620,2730821, 2600822(Fax)
E.Mail: [email protected]
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His Excellency Most Rev.Geevarghese Mar Timotheos

Bishop Emeritus of Thiruvalla
Snehasadan, Pallimala, Kuttoor
Tiruvalla 689 106, Kerala, India
Tel: 0469-2615648

His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Divannasios

Bishop of Puttur
Shanthi Bhavan, Catholic Bishop’s House
Parladka, Puttur P.O. 574203, Karnataka State
Tel: 08251-238538
E.mail: [email protected]

His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Joshua Mar Ignathios

Bishop of Mavelikkara,
Amalagiri Bishop’s House, Punnamoodu
Mavelikara – 690 101
Kerala, India
Tel:0479-2307558
E.mail: [email protected]

His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Thomas

Bishop of Bathery
Catholic Bishop’s House. Dharmapitam,
Sulthan’s Bathery 673 592, Wayanad Dist.
Kerala, India.
Tel.04936-220207, 221287(Fax)
E.mail: [email protected]

His Excellency Most Rev. Dr.Abraham Mar Julios

Bishop of Muvattupuzha
Bishop’s House, Vazhapilly, Mudavur,
Moovattupuzha 686 669,
Kerala, India
Tel.0485-2812650,2814191,2814346
E.Mail: [email protected]
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His Excellency Most Rev Jacob Mar Barnabas

Apostolic Visitor to the Extra Territorial Regions in India
Mar Ivanios Bhavan
Malankara Catholic Bishop’s Residence
J 61-62 Paryavaran Complex
IGNOU Road, Neb Sarai, New Delhi 110 068
Tel & Fax: 011 29 53 65 25, 09447959118
E.Mail:[email protected]

His Excellency Most Rev.Dr. Thomas Mar Eusebius

Bishop of the Exarchate in USA
Apostolic Visitor to Canada and Europe
Mar Ivanios Malankara Catholic Centre
950 Hillside Ave, New Hyde Park
New York 11040. USA
Tel.516-233-1656, 515-858-0191(P),203-819-0300(Mob)
Fax 516-616-0727
Website: www.malankara.net
E.Mail: [email protected]

His Excellency Most Rev.Dr Philipose Mar Stephanos

Auxiliary Bishop of Tiruvalla
Jyothis Bishop’s House
Kattapana P.O. Idukki – 685 508
Ph. 04868-272527
E.Mail: [email protected]

His Excellency Most Rev.Dr Samuel Mar Irenios

Auxiliary Bishop of Trivandrum
Major Archbishop’s House, Thirusannidhi
Pattom, Trivandrum 695 004, Kerala, India
Tel: 0471-2541642, 2541643, 2540446,2544946(P),2541635(Fax)
E.Mail: [email protected]

His Excellency Most Rev.Dr Thomas Mar Anthonios OIC

Bishop of the Major Archiepiscopal Curia
Major Archiepiscopal Curia
Catholicate Centre, Pattom, Trivandrum – 695 004
Tel. 0471-2558864,2555262,2553214(Fax)
E.Mail: [email protected]

His Excellency Most Rev.Dr Vincent Mar Paulos

Bishop of Marthandom
Bishop’s House, Mathandom 629 165
K.K.Dt. Tamil Nadu, India
Tel: 04651-270180, 272910(Fax)
E-mail: [email protected]

His Excellency Most Rev.Yoohanon Mar Chrysostom

Bishop of Pathanamthitta
Catholic Bishop’s House
St.Peter’s Junction, Pathanamthitta – 689 645
Tel. 0468-2223100,2223200
E.mail:[email protected]

Major Arch Bishop Cyril Mar Baselios Catholicos

James was born on 16 August 1935 at Ullannoor in Pandalam as the son of Mathai Malancharuvil and Aleyamma. He had his elementary education at Mezhuveli. He successfully completed his tenth standard in 1950. He is one among the six brothers of the Malancheruvil family who gave importance to the religious life dedicating their life to the service of Christ and his Church. He was sent to the Bethany Ashram by Archbishop Mar Ivanios and was received there on 15 June 1950. He made his temporary profession of vows on 18 March 1953. Later he was sent to the Bethany Ashram, Pune to pursue his studies in Philosophy and Theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum. On completing the major seminary and ashram formations successfully he was ordained priest at the Papal Seminary, Pune in 1960. After returning to Kerala, Fr. Cyril took charge of some of the mission centers in Thiruvananthapuram. Here he learnt the initial lessons of doing good to the human society especially to the poor. Thereafter he was sent to Rome and joined the Gregorian University to study Canon Law. His dissertation titled ‘the Syro-Malankara Church’ is the study that specifies the canonical status of the Malankara Catholic Church. On returning to Kerala, he was appointed professor in St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor, Kottayam. Fr. Cyril was sent to St. John’s University in New York in 1970 for his higher education in Psychology, which he completed with the highest rank.

He was elected superior general of the Bethany Ashram in 1974. He was appointed Metropolitan of Bathery in 1978. His stewardship of the Eparchy for 19 years was a milestone in the social development of the whole of Bathery. He was appointed a member of Congregation for the Eastern Church in 1989. He participated in the Asian Bishop’s Conference held in Indonesia in 1990 as the representative from India. He became the president of Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Indian twice.

He became the administrator of the Malankara Catholic Church on the demise of Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios. He was appointed Metropolitan of the Malankara Catholic Church and Archbishop of Trivandrum by Pope John Paul II on 29 November 1995. It was his farsightedness and hard work that raised the Malankara Catholic Church to the status of a Major Archiepiscopal Church. He assumed the title “Catholicos of the Malankara Catholic Church.” Moran Mor Cyril Baselios, the First Major Archbishop-Catholicos passed away on Thursday 18 January 2007. His mortal remains are entombed at the St. Mary’s Cathedral, Pattom, Trivandrum by the side of his illustrious predecessors Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios and Archbishop Mar Gregorios.

Archbishop-Bishop Joseph Mar Severios

Joseph was born on 7 April 1894 at Anikdu near Mallappally, as the son of Oommen and Akkamma, in the Valakuzhy family. Though his baptismal name was Joseph, he was popularly known as Eappachan. He had his primary and middle school education at Mallappally. He received the holy order of Koruyo from Metropolitan Pulikottil Joseph Mar Divannasios at the age of fifteen on 15 April 1909. After his high school education, he joined the MD Seminary and continued his studies. In 1912, he passed the matriculation exam in flying colours. Although he joined a College in Trichinapoly for his higher studies, he discontinued and went to the University of Serampoor along with Fr. P.T. Geevarghese (MA Achan), who later became Archbishop Mar Ivanios, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy in 1916.

Later, he worked as Headmaster of an elementary school and also as a missionary in Brahmavar. In 1923, he was appointed as teacher of the MGM High School, Tiruvalla, where he was also the Boarding Master. He was ordained priest by Metropolitan Mar Vattasseril at his own Pathikattu parish church on 8 January 1929. He was conferred the sacred order of Remban on April 17 in 1932. Then he was appointed Manager of the Old Seminary, Kottayam. At the age of 39, Moran Mor Geevarghese Baselios Catholicos ordained Remban Joseph as Bishop of Niranam after the name Mar Severios on 25 May 1933, at the Bethany church, Tiruvalla. He administered the Eparchy staying at the Parumala Seminary.

Though Mar Severios had a deep personal relationship with Metropolitan Mar Ivanios he was not in favour of the Re-union Movement. In order to counteract the Re-union Movement he made a deep study of the history of the Church. This made him convinced of the truth that the Church founded by Jesus Christ is the Holy Catholic Church. On 29 November 1937, he made the profession of faith, in Trivandrum before Archbishop Mar Ivanios. He was appointed Administrator of the Eparchy of Tiruvalla on 20 November 1938. When Mar Theophilos was made the Titular Bishop of Amedara by the Pope on 5 May 1950, Mar Severios was appointed Metropolitan of Tiruvalla. When Archbishop Mar Ivanios passed away on 15 July 1953 Mar Severios was the senior most bishop and the Holy See conferred on him the title ‘Archbishop’ in 1954. He passed away on 18 January 1955.

Lawrance Mar Ephram

Lawrence was born on 15 May 1928 an ancient family of Kakathottam at Vellelumbu, Nellikkakuzhy in the Neyyattinkara Taluk as the eldest son of Justus and Victoria. Most of his family members belonged to the Church of South India (CSI). In the initial days of the Reunion Movement, his parents joined the Malankara Catholic Church.

He had his elementary education in an English Medium School at Kanjiramukalam. He had a special relationship with Fr. Pothanamoozhy (later Bishop Pothanamoozhy) who was Secretary to the Archbishop Mar Ivanios and the Rector of the St. Aloysius Minor Seminary. Fr. Pothanamoozhy who was doing missionary works in the area brought him to the Archbishop’s House. He joined the St. Mary’s School Pattom and successfully completed the tenth standard in 1944. Later he started his studies in St. Aloysius Minor Seminary. He was sent to St. Joseph’s Inter-diocesan Seminary, Mangalore in 1946. He was ordained priest by Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios on 14 May 1953. He then served for one and a half years in St. Aloysius Seminary. Later, he was appointed the Rector of the Seminary. His service as Rector from December 1954 to October 1962 was noteworthy and he was hailed as ‘scholar-rector’. He also served as a missionary during this period. He started around thirty mission centres.

Later he was sent to Rome for higher education. He secured his Diploma in Missiology and Degree in Sociology from the Gregorian University. When he returned he was appointed Director of St. Mary’s Institute of Pastoral Studies at Palayam.

He undertook the ministry to serve the lepers at St. John’s Hospital, Pireppencode from 1964. He served as its Director till 1977. He worked as the Vice President of Catholic Hospital Association of India for three years and as its President for six years. He also served as the Vice President of Voluntary Health Association of India for two years. He spent most of his time for the sick. He founded The Health for One Million people (HOM). He started mission centres and charitable institutes in the Kanyakumari Disrtict. He started a high school in Kirathoor and five Primary and Upper primary schools in its suburbs. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archieparchy at the age of 52. During the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Malankara Reunion Movement, he was ordained Bishop after the name Lawrence Mar Ephraem by the Metropolitan Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios at Kottayam on Saturday, 27 December 1980. He was elected Administrator of the Archieparchy after the demise of Archbishop Mar Gregorios on 10 October 1994. He was appointed the first Metropolitan of the Eparchy of Marthandom, established on 16 December 1996. His enthronement ceremonies were held at the Christuraja Cathedral, Marthandom on 23 January 1997. He passed away at 1 a.m., on 8 April 1997 and his mortal remains rest in the Christuraja Cathedral at Marthandom.

Metropolitan Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios (1953-1994)

Varghese Thangalathil was born on 1 February 1916 as the second son of Idicula and Annamma, at Kalluppara in Tiruvalla. They gave him the pet name Kunjukutty. At the age of four, his uncle Pappy Sir began to teach him alphabets of the vernacular, Malayalam. At the age of five he was sent to the LP School, Puthussery. After completing his middle school studies he joined the St. John’s School, Eraviperur for his Secondary School education. It was at this time that the Metropolitan Mar Ivanios started many Bethany churches with the intention of reforming the Orthodox Church and one among them was close to the Thangalathil family. As a result of that Varghese who had an inclination towards sanyasa, was able to maintain good relationship with the Bethany Sanyasis. Very soon, the reunion of a part of the Malankara Church with the Catholic Church became a reality under the leadership of Metropolitan Mar Ivanios. The relationship of Varghese, a member of the Orthodox Church with the members of the Bethany Ashram infuriated his family members. But he already joined the Bethany Ashram without their knowledge. On 21 November 1933, Brother Varghese entered the novitiate. His family later conceded to his desire. He adopted the name Benedict, which means blessed, and on 15 August 1935 he made his temporary religious profession before Archbishop Mar Ivanios. After his studies in St. Aloysius Minor Seminary, he was sent to the Papal Seminary at Candy (Sri Lanka), for his priestly studies.

He made his perpetual vows on 24 August 1941. Most Rev. Regno, the Bishop of Candy ordained him priest on 24 August 1944 and he celebrated his First Holy Qurbono in the Seminary Chapel. After his return in December 1944, Archbishop Mar Ivanios appointed Fr. Benedict to teach Syriac in the St. Aloysius Minor Seminary. He joined St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirapally in 1946 for graduation course in Economics and passed the Degree with first rank from the University of Madras in 1949. Then he was appointed the first Principal of Mar Ivanios College. In 1952, he was elected Bishop. He was ordained Remban in the Aramana Chapel on 27 December 1952 and made Auxiliary Bishop of the Archieparchy of Trivandrum after the name Mar Gregorios. Most Rev. Benedict Mar Gregorios was enthroned as the Metropolitan-Archbishop of Trivandrum and the Head of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church on 27 January 1955. Under the spiritual renewal, the pastoral guidance and the social commitment of Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios, the Church began to flourish in its various dimensions.

He received Pallium, on 14 May 1959. He dedicated his life for service of the human society in general through his ministry in the Malankara Catholic Church. He left his indelible marks in the social and religious fabric of India. During times of social calamities and religious unrest he was sought after to reinstate peace and concord in society. He was a champion of religious harmony. The various projects he initiated for the upliftment of the poor bore abundant fruits and they were well appreciated. The Malankara Catholic Church grew in strength and vitality during his reign. After serving the Archieparchy for 41 years he passed away for his eternal reward on 10 October 1994. His mortal remains now rest adjacent to the tomb of his guru Archbishop Mar Ivanios.

Metropolitan Jacob Mar Theophilos

Varghese Thangalathil was born on 1 February 1916 as the second son of Idicula and Annamma, at Kalluppara in Tiruvalla. They gave him the pet name Kunjukutty. At the age of four, his uncle Pappy Sir began to teach him alphabets of the vernacular, Malayalam. At the age of five he was sent to the LP School, Puthussery. After completing his middle school studies he joined the St. John’s School, Eraviperur for his Secondary School education. It was at this time that the Metropolitan Mar Ivanios started many Bethany churches with the intention of reforming the Orthodox Church and one among them was close to the Thangalathil family. As a result of that Varghese who had an inclination towards sanyasa, was able to maintain good relationship with the Bethany Sanyasis. Very soon, the reunion of a part of the Malankara Church with the Catholic Church became a reality under the leadership of Metropolitan Mar Ivanios. The relationship of Varghese, a member of the Orthodox Church with the members of the Bethany Ashram infuriated his family members. But he already joined the Bethany Ashram without their knowledge. On 21 November 1933, Brother Varghese entered the novitiate. His family later conceded to his desire. He adopted the name Benedict, which means blessed, and on 15 August 1935 he made his temporary religious profession before Archbishop Mar Ivanios. After his studies in St. Aloysius Minor Seminary, he was sent to the Papal Seminary at Candy (Sri Lanka), for his priestly studies.

He made his perpetual vows on 24 August 1941. Most Rev. Regno, the Bishop of Candy ordained him priest on 24 August 1944 and he celebrated his First Holy Qurbono in the Seminary Chapel. After his return in December 1944, Archbishop Mar Ivanios appointed Fr. Benedict to teach Syriac in the St. Aloysius Minor Seminary. He joined St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirapally in 1946 for graduation course in Economics and passed the Degree with first rank from the University of Madras in 1949. Then he was appointed the first Principal of Mar Ivanios College. In 1952, he was elected Bishop. He was ordained Remban in the Aramana Chapel on 27 December 1952 and made Auxiliary Bishop of the Archieparchy of Trivandrum after the name Mar Gregorios. Most Rev. Benedict Mar Gregorios was enthroned as the Metropolitan-Archbishop of Trivandrum and the Head of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church on 27 January 1955. Under the spiritual renewal, the pastoral guidance and the social commitment of Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios, the Church began to flourish in its various dimensions.

He received Pallium, on 14 May 1959. He dedicated his life for service of the human society in general through his ministry in the Malankara Catholic Church. He left his indelible marks in the social and religious fabric of India. During times of social calamities and religious unrest he was sought after to reinstate peace and concord in society. He was a champion of religious harmony. The various projects he initiated for the upliftment of the poor bore abundant fruits and they were well appreciated. The Malankara Catholic Church grew in strength and vitality during his reign. After serving the Archieparchy for 41 years he passed away for his eternal reward on 10 October 1994. His mortal remains now rest adjacent to the tomb of his guru Archbishop Mar Ivanios.

Metropolitan Thomas Mar Deoscoros

Thomas was born on 4 January 1884 at Chingavanam in Kottayam as the second son of Thomman Kuruvila and Pallam Ottathaickal Naithiyamma of the Thervalady family. He received the sacred order of Diaconate after his studies at the CMS School, Pallam and at the CMS College, Kottayam. He was ordained priest at the age of 28, by Metropolitan Idavazhickal Mar Severios. As a member of the Knanaya Jocobite Church, he was recommended to succeed Metropolitan Mar Severios when the latter passed away. He was ordained Bishop after the name Deoscoros by Eliaz III, Patriarch of Antioch, on 11 November 1926 in Jerusalem. He governed the Church from 1927 to 1939 staying at the Mar Ephraem Seminary, Chingavanam. As a result of his Theological studies, he developed a deep spiritual affection towards the Catholic Church (the true Church).

Due to his irresistible desire to commune with the Catholic Church, he went to Archbishop Mar Ivanios and on 12 November 1939 made his profession of the Catholic faith before him. In order to lead a life of prayer, he relinquished his offices and went to Cherupushpagiri, Tiruvalla and stayed with Mar Theophilos and Mar Severios. He spent his last days in the church at Tirumoolapuram. He passed away on 22 February 1943 and is buried at the St. Mary’s Church, Tirumoolapuram.

Paulose Mar Philaxenos

Paul Thomas was born as the eldest child of Thomas and Thandakutti on 28 April 1928 at Ayyamkulangara. He studied in the Thozhiyoor CMUP School and in the Government High School at Kunnamkulam. He completed his intermediate from Wellington College, Sangli in Maharashtra with the intention of becoming a doctor. He couldn’t continue his studies, as the college was shut down. He returned home and started pondering over his vocation. He received his diaconate in 1952 and priestly ordination in 1961 from Metropolitan Geevarghese Mar Koorilos. On 9 December 1967 he received the sacred order of Remban from Metropolitan Mathews Mar Athanasios of Marthoma Church and the sacred order of the Episcopa on 16 December from the Marthoma Metropolitans Yoohanon and Thomas Mar Athanasios after the name Paulose Mar Philexinos III.

He had a clear picture of the weaknesses and limitations of the ‘Church of Thozhiyoor’ and earnestly got desired to reunite with the Catholic Church. He intended for the reunion not as an individual but together with the entire faithful of the Church of Thozhiyoor. Cherishing this desire in mind, he sent a pastoral letter to all the parishes under his administration. But the people of his Church paid no heed to it. On 28 August 1977 he left the Thozhiyoor Syrian Church, of which he was the thirteenth Metropolitan and got reunited with the Catholic Church at the Bishop’s house, Trissur. He was appointed Titular Bishop of Chayal by the Holy See on 11 October 1977. Later, he was appointed the Episcopal Vicar of the Archieparchy of Trivandrum. He visited the Pope in 1979. He made pilgrimage to Lourdes, Liseux, etc. He worked for the welfare of the Church without considering his health problems. At 10 p.m., on 3 November 1998, he breathed his last and his mortal body is entombed in St. John’s Cathedral, Tiruvalla.

Servant Of God Archbishop Geevarghese Mar Ivanios

The First Metropolitan Archbishop of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church

Geevarghese was born on 21 September 1882 at Puthiyakavu in Mavelikara as the son of Thoma Panicker and Annamma of Panikeruveedu. After his training in Kalari (Elementary School), he joined the CMS English School nearby and later continued his studies in a Government Public School. The Jacobite Metropolitan, Pulikottu Mar Divannasios, who was edified by the pious, intelligent and brave child Geevarghese, took him to the Seminary in Kottayam for higher studies and for priestly formation. He completed matriculation from MD Seminary High School in flying colours. Later, he passed the Fellow of Arts (FA) exam from CMS College, Kottayam. He secured his BA and MA Degrees in History and Economics respectively from Madras Christian College. On 26 Dhanu 1074 (Malayalam Era) Pulikottu Mar Divannasios ordained him a Deacon, in the church at Puthenkavu. As a Deacon, he spent his days preaching on the Sacraments to revivify the Malankara Church, weakened by strife and litigations. Thus he came to be named Kudasa Semmasan (Deacon of Sacraments).

Deacon P.T Geevarghese was appointed Principal of the renowned MD Seminary High School, in 1908. He was ordained priest by Vattaseril Mar Divannasios at Parumala Seminary on 15 August 1908. He became famous as MA Achen, as he was the first MA Degree holder among the Syrian priests of Kerala.

Fr. P.T. Geevarghese served as professor of History, Politics and Economics from 1913 to 1919 in the University of Serampoor, Bengal. It was during this period that he got inspired by the Indian culture and Sanayasa and started a new religious movement (Sanyasa Prasthanam), in collaboration with the students, whom MA Achan brought from Kerala to Serampoor to pursue higher education. He intended to found an Ashram in an isolated place and wanted to engage himself in activities of love of God, spiritual awakening of the Malankara Church and the upliftment of the downtrodden of the society. Eventually, he resigned his post at the University and founded the Order of the Imitation of Christ, also known as Bethany Ashram, on 15 August 1919 at Mundanmala in Ranni-Perunadu, Pathanamthitta district. He was made Remban on 28 January 1925 at Tirumoolapuram Church and on 1 May he was ordained Bishop at Niranam after the name Mar Ivanios. He founded a religious congregation for women known as the Sisters of the Imitation of Christ, also known as Bethany Madhom, on 8 September 1925 after he was ordained Bishop of Bethany. On 13 February 1929 he was raised as the Bethany Metropolitan.

Metropolitan Mar Ivanios had dedicated his life to revive the Malankara Church weakened by disputes and litigations. It was under this circumstance that MA Achen, who was just 30 years old succeeded to get established the throne of the Catholicos in Malankara in the year 1912.

At a time when the Metrankakshi (Bishop’s Party) and the Bavakakshi (Catholicos’ Party) were engaged in court litigations to secure the title-hold of Vattippanam (a fixed bank deposit) for favour of the Malankara Church, he toiled to bring peace and reconciliation in the Church. The Synod of the Orthodox Church, convoked at Parumala in 1926 as a solution to find lasting peace in the Church proposed the reunion of the Malankara Church with the Catholic Church and authorized Mar Ivanios to hold negotiations with Rome for the same. After a persevering endevour for four years, Rome accepted the proposal of Mar Ivanios for reunion. However, as the verdict of the civil court on Vattippanam came in favour of the Metrankakshi, they backed out of re-union endevours. But Metropolitan Mar Ivanios along with Mar Theophilos, Fr. John OIC, Deacon Seraphion and Mr. Kilileth Chacko came in communion with the Catholic Church, making the profession of faith before Bishop Aloysius Maria Benzigor in the Aramana Chapel at Kollam on 20 September 1930.

Metropolitan Mar Ivanios visited Pope Pius XI, in 1932. The Malankara Catholic Hierarchy was erected with Trivandrum as Archieparchy, His Grace Mar Ivanios as its Metropolitan Archbishop and Tiruvalla as its suffragan Eparchy under Bishop Mar Theophilos on 11 June 1932. His Grace Mar Ivanios was enthroned Metropolitan Archbishop of Trivandrum on 12 March 1933. In 1947, Archbishop Mar Ivanios visited America and Australia. This visit consolidated the life and progress of the Malankara Catholic Church by sharing the ecclesiological and theological positions of the Malankara Catholic Church and the Reunion Movement in the Universal Church.

Archbishop Mar Ivanios made a global influence through his ascetic life and endevours for the communion of Churches through the Re-union Movement which was essentially ecumenical in nature. He was a great force in the society through his pioneering efforts in the fields of education and dedication to the cause of the poor. Within twenty two years of his life as Metropolitan Archbishop of Trivandrum, he founded 78 primary schools 18 Upper Primary Schools, 15 High Schools, 2 Teacher Training Schools and 1 Arts college.

As his health deteriorated, he received the anointing of the sick for prelates (Kanthila Susrusha). He ordained Benedict Mar Gregorios as Auxiliary Bishop of Trivandrum. He passed away to his eternal reward on 15 July 1953.

Ever since his demise, pilgrims flock to his tomb at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Pattom, Trivndrum. Thousands join the AnnualPadayatra (pilgrimage on foot) to his tomb from 10 – 15 July every year to celebrate his commemoration. He was declared servant of God in the Church on 14 July 2007 by His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Catholicos, the Major Archbishop of the Malankara Catholic Church.