Philipose Mar Chrysostom
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|His Grace The Most Reverend
Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom
Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan (Mar Thoma XX)
|Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan|
|Church||Mar Thoma Syrian Church|
|Installed||23 October 1999|
|Predecessor||Alexander Mar Thoma (Mar Thoma XIX)|
|Successor||Joseph Mar Thoma (Mar Thoma XXI)|
|Ordination||1 January 1944|
|Consecration||23 May 1953|
|Birth name||Philip Oommen|
April 27, 1918 |
|Residence||Jubilee Home, Maramon, Kozhencherry, Pathanamthitta|
Most Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan born Philip Oommen on 27 April 1918, is the Valiya (senior) Metropolitan Bishop of the Mar Thoma Church. He has been a bishop for 63 years, 2 months and 7 days, which makes him the longest-serving bishop in India. He is addressed and referred to as Chrysostom Thirumeni or Valiya Thirumeni.
Early life and education
Philipose's father was Vicar General K. E. Oommen, Kalamannil, Adangapurathu, Kumbanad. His mother was Sosamma of Nadukke Veettil, Karthikappally. He did his schooling at Maramon, Kozhencherry and Eraviperoor schools, and went on to graduate from Union Christian College, Aluva.
In 1950, the Church Mandalam (representative assembly) consecrated three more bishops; Oommen was one of those selected. During his bishopship, he was the president of the National Council of Churches, India and has attended World Council of Churches at Evanston in 1954 and Uppsala in 1968. He also attended the Second Vatican Council.
On 23 May 1953, Juhanon Mar Thoma Metropolitan assisted by Mathews Mar Athanasius Episcopa ordained Rev Philip Oommen as Episcopa and gave him the episcopal title, Philipose Mar Chrysostom. Rev M.G.Chandy (Alexander Mar Theophilus later Alexander Mar Thoma ) and Rev P.Thomas (Thomas Mar Athanasius) were also ordained on the same day.
In 1954, Mar Chrysostom joined St. Augustine's College, Canterbury, the United Kingdom to further his theological studies.
He was designated as Suffragan Metropolitan in May 1978. After Alexander Mar Thoma Metropolitan stepped aside from the daily administration of the Church due to physical ailments on 15 March 1999, Mar Chrysostom was designated Officiating Metropolitan.
Valiya (Senior) Metropolitan
Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Metropolitan completed 90 years on 27 April 2008. As part of the celebration Mar Thoma Church devised a project, Navathy Home Project, to support and enable 1500 families in India, irrespective of cast, creed or religion, to build a home of their own. (Malayalam – navathy – ninetieth anniversary). The cost of each home was Rs. 1,50,000. (US$2400). Each house consisted of a sit out, a drawing room, a bedroom, a kitchen, a dining room and a toilet. Mar Thoma Church members donated so much that the project was a great success, that it extended from India up to Mexico.
- Mar Thoma Church
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- List of Syrian Malabar Nasranis
- Juhanon Mar Thoma
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- Joseph Mar Thoma
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