Kuriakose Mor Theophilos

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Theophilose Kuriakose
Malankara Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary
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ChurchMalankara Jacobite Syriac Orthodox Church
DioceseMiddle Europe
Other postsResident Metropolitan of MSOT Seminary
Ordination1989 as Deacon
Consecration2003 as Metropolitan
Personal details
Born (1966-02-01) February 1, 1966 (age 53)
Ooramana, Ernakulam, India
ParentsCherian Varkey
Sarama Varkey
Alma materUniversity of Regensburg, Germany

Theophilos Kuriakose is a Syriac Orthodox bishop of the Malankara Jacobite Syriac Orthodox Church. As of 2013 he was the resident Metropolitan of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary, Udayagiri [1] and the Metropolitan of the Malankara dioceses of Germany.


Kuriakose was born on 1 February 1966 in the Kodikuthiyil family of the Ooramana village (Ernakulum District, Kerala, India) to Mr. Cherian Varkey and Mrs. Saramma Varkey. His home parish is St.George Thabore Jacobite Syrian Church, Ooramana in the Kandanad Diocese.

He did his schooling in Ooramana High School and graduation (B.A. Political Science) in St.Peter’s College, Kolencherry. In 1980, he completed B.Th. from the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary, Udayagiri. He was ordained as a Deacon by Mor Gregorious Geevarghese Metropolitan in 1989.[2]

He later joined United Theological College in Bangalore for the degree of Bachelor in Divinity, which he completed in 1993. Afterwards he served as a lecturer in the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary, Mulanthuruthy (Ernakulam District) for around three years (1993-1995). Concurrently he functioned as the Organizing Secretary of the ‘Syrian Orthodox Christian Student Movement’. In 1995 he went to Germany for higher studies. In Germany he mastered in German and Latin languages from the Ostkirchliches Institute, and also received Doctor of Theology at the Catholic Faculty of the University of Regensburg. His thesis was on "Den Armen gehoert das Reich Gotttes. Lukanische Impulse fuer ein Dalit Theologie". In 2002 he returned to India and continued as a lecturer of the M.S.O.T Seminary.

On 12 November 2002 he was ordained as a priest, and on 29 September 2003 he was consecrated as a Metropolitan by Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I. Since then he served as the Resident Metropolitan of M.S.O.T. Seminary, and had various other responsibilities in the church.[3]


  1. ^ "MSOT Seminary". MSOT Seminary. Retrieved 2012-05-09.
  2. ^ "Biography". theophilosekuriakose.com. Retrieved 2012-05-09.
  3. ^ "Biography". syriacchristianity.info. Retrieved 2012-05-09.