Kolkata Orthodox Diocese

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Stephanos Mar Theodosious
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Metropolitan: 1979–2007
Predecessor None
Successor Joseph Mar Dionysius (From 2009)
Born 2 October 1924
Pathamuttom, Kottayam. District of Kerala
Died 5 November.2007
Entombed St. Thomas Ashram, Bhilai

The Kolkata Diocese is one of the 30 dioceses of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.

History[edit]

This diocese was part of the Outside Kerala (Bahyakerala) diocese earlier. The present diocese of Calcutta came into existence in 1979.[1] The Diocese celebrated its silver jubilee in 2004.

Organization[edit]

The Orthodox parishes in the North and North Eastern states of India, Kuwait in the Persian Gulf region are included in this diocese, viz. Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, parts of Maharashtra, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, and Manipur. The Diocesan headquarters is in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh. This was consecrated by Baselios Mar Thoma Mathews I, the Catholicose in 1986.

The founder Bishop, Stephanos Mar Theodosius, lived in St. Thomas Ashram, Kailash Nagar, Bhilai. The Diocesan Metropolitan is also the Director of St. Thomas Orthodox Church Mission, one of the pioneer missions outside Kerala. The Mission is mainly concerned with Education and Social Development.

The diocese manages 25 schools, one Arts and Science Post Graduate & B.Ed. College and an Engineering College( CCET-Bhilai ). It has village mission projects in numerous villages.

As of 2014, the Metropolitan of the diocese was Joseph Mar Dionysius

Statistics[edit]

  • Total number of Priests: 42
  • Ramban: 02
  • Deacons: 04
  • Seminary students: 10
  • Parishes (In India): 38
  • Parishes (In Middle East): 04
  • Congregations: 14

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