Joseph Mar Severios

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Joseph Mar Severios
Ordination 25 May 1933
Personal details
Birth name Joseph Valakuzhyil
Born (1894-04-07)7 April 1894
Patanamtitta, India
Died 18 January 1955(1955-01-18) (aged 60)
Denomination Syro-Malankara Catholic Church

Joseph Mar Severus was a Syro-Malankara Catholic Bishop of Tiruvalla. His birth name was Joseph Valakuzhyil.


Joseph Severus was born on 7 April 1894 in the Malankara Orthodox family. After leaving school when he was 15, he was dedicated to the reading, then entered the seminary. In 1912 he passed his exams and went to college in Tiruchchirappalli, but soon left and went to Serampore University, where he was hired by Geevarghese Mar Ivanios. In 1916 he graduated with a Bachelor of Philosophy. After finishing his education was director of the primary school and missionary in Brahmavare. On 8 January 1929 he was ordained to the priesthood and in 1932 led the seminary in Kottayam. On 25 May 1933 Severus was ordained a bishop and led the Niranam diocese. Although he had a close friendship with Metropolitan Ivanios, he was not a supporter of the reunification of the Churches and was very disappointed when in 1930 Mar Ivanios became a Catholic and formed the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church. In order to better counter the spread of Uniatism, Mar Severus took up deep study of the history of the Church, which he believed would help to find arguments against the truth of Catholicism. However, the study of church history has led to the opposite result and on 29 November 1937 Joseph Mar Severus professed the Catholic faith and was received by March Ivanios. On 20 November 1938 he became Auxiliary Bishop of the Archeparchy of Tiruvalla, which later led after the retirement of Jacob Mar Theophilos. Joseph Mar Severus died on 18 January 1955.


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