Elias Mor Athanasios

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His Eminence Sir
Dr.Elias Mor Athanasios
President of Antiochean Faith Movement in India & Metropolitan of Thrissur Diocese
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Church Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church
Diocese Thrissur Diocese
See Holy Apostolic See of Antioch & All East
In office 2007-
Orders
Ordination 15 August 1995 (Kassisso)
by H.G. Thomas Mor Dionysius
Consecration 01 January 2007
by H.B Baselios Thomas I Catholicos
Rank Metropolitan
Personal details
Born (1964-02-11)February 11, 1964
Angamaly
Nationality Indian
Parents Late Mr.Ittoop & Mrs. Eliyamma
Education Doctor of Ministry (D.Min),Politics
Alma mater Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala

Sir Dr. Mor Athanasious Eliyas ( born Eliyas on 11th February 1964) is a Syriac Orthodox bishop. As of 2012 he was the President of Antiochean Faith Movement in India and Vicar General of the St. Athanasius Cathedral at the Puthencuriz.[1][2]

Early years[edit]

Sir Athanasious Eliyas was born, in the Kozhiparambath family of Thuruthisserry in Angamali, to Ittoop and Eliyamma (Kooranthazhathu Parambil family, Peechanickad) on 13 April 1964. The family belonged to the Akaparambu Mor Sabor Afroth church in Angamali diocese.

Education[edit]

He had his schooling at the Nedumbasserry Mar Athanasious School and college education at the Angamali DePaul College.[3] He pursued theological studies under Ramban Geevarghese Karimbil (Metropolitan Mor Dionysius Geevarghese) at Dayro d’Ignatius, Manjanikkara. Dr. Athanasious is currently doing research in Trinity under renowned scholar and theologian Commander Prof. Dr. C A Ninan PhD, DSc, DLitt, DD. He is expected to submit the thesis and attend the defense soon.

Ordination[edit]

On 22 July 1988 Mor Dionysius Thomas ordained him as Deacon (Korooyo), and on 15 January 1995 he was ordained as priest (Kassisso). On 2 November 2002, Kassisso Eliyas was elevated to the order of Ramban (Dayroyo) by Catholicos Mor Baselios Thomas I at the Mor Sabor Afroth church in Akaparambu. In November 2006 he was elected to the highest priestly order of the Metropolitan and the decision was later ratified by the Malankara Synod, Working Committee, Managing Committee, the Catholicos and the Patriarch. On Monday the 1st January 2007, Catholicos Mor Baselios Thomas I ordained Rabban Eliyas as Metropolitan Athanasious at the St. Athanasius Cathedral, Puthencuriz, in the presence of many religious and government dignitaries.

Athanasious was enthroned on April 15, 2007 at the Mor Sabor Mor Aphroth Church at Akaparambu. Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I was the chief celebrant and Metropolitans Mor Gregorios Joseph and Mor Chrysostmos Markose were the co-celebrants during the holy ceremony. Athanasious was appointed as the President of the Antiochean Movement in India and vicar-general of St. Athanasius Cathedral at Puthencuriz Patriarchal center. The Malankara Episcopal Synod held in May 2007 gave him the additional charge of the Malankara Clergy Association.

As a priest[edit]

As a priest he had served the churches at Vadattupara St. George Church, Aymuri St. Thomas Church, Neduvathoor St. George Church, Peechanikad Mount Tabor Church, Angamali St. Mary's Cathedral, Ernakulam St. Peter's Church and Thuruthissery Simhsana Church. For a brief period he had also served as the secretary of Metropolitan Mor Dionysius Thomas.

As a Metropolitan[edit]

Sir Athanasious was appointed as the President of the Antiochean Movement in India and vicar-general of St. Athanasius Cathedral at Puthencuriz Patriarchal center. The Malankara Episcopal Synod held in May 2007 gave him the additional charge of the Malankara Clergy Association. Athanasious also serves as the President of Malankara Evangelical Association, President of Malankara Jacobite Syrian Sunday School Association, Manager of Mar Athanasious Upper Primary School, Thuruthissery and Chairperson of Women Welfare Institute, under Antiochean Movement at Thuruthissery.

Responsibilities[edit]

As of 2012 Sir Dr. Athanasious was

  • President of Antiochean Faith Movement in India (Current)
  • Chief Patron, Indian Christian Movement (ICM) (Current)[4]
  • Vicar General of the St. Athanasius Cathedral at the Puthencuriz, Church HQ, Kerala, INDIA (Current)
  • President of Akhila Malankara Suvishesha Mahayogam (Current)
  • Metropolitan of Thrissur Diocese of Jacobite Syrian Church (Current)
  • Patriarchal Vicar of Singapore & Malaysia (Current)
  • Past Patriarchal Vicar of State of Qatar (Past)
  • President of the Malankara Clergy Association (Current)
  • President of Malankara Evangelical Association (Current)
  • President of Malankara Jacobite Syrian Sunday School Association, Aluva District (Past)[5]
  • Manager, Mar Athanasious U.P School, Thuruthissery, Kerala (Current)[6]
  • Chairperson, Women Welfare Institute, Thuruthissery, Kerala (Current)[7]
  • Patron, YMCA, Nedumbasserry (Current)[8]
  • Founder Convenor of Nedumbasserry Cochin International Airport[9]

Honors[edit]

  1. Good Shepherd Award from Rotary International (2016)
  2. Manava Seva Puraskaram (2015)
  3. Order of St. Michael and Sir title from Teologiska Högskolan Västerbotten, Sweden (2013)
  4. Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) Degree from Asia Pacific Institute for Theological Research, (2011)
  5. Mother Teresa award (2010)
  6. Best Manager Award (2003)

See also[edit]

Syriac Orthodox Church
Jacobite Syrian Christian Church

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flag hoisted for 80th Dhukrono of St. Ignatius Elias III at Manjanikkara Dayaro". 6 February 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2018. 
  2. ^ "The Daily Diary of Jacobites". Malankara Syriac Voice. Retrieved 2018-03-19. 
  3. ^ "DiST Angamaly, Top MBA colleges in kerala -". www.depaul.edu.in. Retrieved 19 March 2018. 
  4. ^ "Indian Christian Movement". indianchristianmovement.org. Retrieved 19 March 2018. 
  5. ^ "Malankara Jacobite syrian Sunday School Association". mjssa.in. Retrieved 19 March 2018. 
  6. ^ "Mar Athanasius Lps Thuruthissery School, Nedumbassery, Ernakulam - Kerala". iCBSE. Retrieved 19 March 2018. 
  7. ^ "kswdc - The Kerala State Women's Development Corporation Ltd". kswdc.org. Retrieved 19 March 2018. 
  8. ^ "YMCA International Hotels - Hotels in Kochi - Ernakulam Hotels - Hotels in Ernakulam - Budget Hotels". www.ymcaernakulam.com. Retrieved 19 March 2018. 
  9. ^ "The Official Website of Cochin International Airport". cial.aero. Retrieved 19 March 2018. 
  1. www.morathanasius.in, The Personal website of Sir Dr. Athanasius Elias
  2. Annual Journal of Asia Pacific Institute for Theological Research, 2011.
  3. http://www.syrianchurch.org/bio/malankaraprelates/bio_athelias.htm (2007).
  4. News published at http://malankarasyriacvoice.com on various occasions.
  5. www.viswasasamrakshakan.org