Thomas Mor Timotheos

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His Eminence "Naheero"
Dr.Thomas Mor Thimotheos
Metropolitan of Kottayam Diocese
Church Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church
See Holy Apostolic See of Antioch & All East
Predecessor H.E Geevarghese Mor Gregorios,Kottayam Diocese
Orders
Ordination 21 May 1975 (Kassisso)
by H.B Baselios Paulose II Catholicos
Consecration 03 January 1991
by H.B Baselios Paulose II Catholicos
Rank Metropolitan
Personal details
Born (1949-07-11)July 11, 1949
Areeparambu, Kottayam, Kerala
Nationality Indian
Denomination Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church
Parents Mr. Kurian Kuruvilla and Mrs. Annamma Kuruvilla
Education B.D. and M.Th in Theology, United Theological College, Bangalore
Alma mater Erlangen-Nuremberg University

His Eminence "Naheero" Mor Thimotheos Thomas is the Metropolitan of Kottayam Diocese of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Christian Church. Mor Timotheos Thomas was ordained as the Metropolitan of the Outside Kerala Diocese on 3 January 1991 by H.B Mor Baselios Paulose II Catholicos of the East .[1] [2] [3]

Early life[edit]

Thomas was born on July 11, 1949 in the Muriyankal family of the Lakkattoor village (Kottayam District, Kerala, India) to Kurian Kuruvilla and Annamma Kuruvilla, the sixth of their eight children.

Education[edit]

Thomas had his initial primary education in the village CMS (the Anglican Church Missionary Society) School. Middle School and High School education were completed at the Amayannoor High School. In 1964, while in the ninth grade, Thomas was ordained Korooyo by Mor Philoxenos Paulose (later Catholicose Baselios Paulose II) who was then Metropolitan of the Kottayam diocese. His parish priest, Corepiscopus Thomas Mattathil, imparted early instruction in Syriac and liturgical rites. Having completed the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examination in 1965, Thomas joined the Baselius College, Kottayam, for the Pre-Degree course. Subsequently, he joined the CMS college, Kottayam, where he continued till 1972, graduating with a bachelor's and master's degrees in English literature.[1]

Theological education[edit]

In 1973 Thomas joined the Old Seminary, Kottayam for theological studies. He could study there only for a year due to a volatile situation in the Malankara Church, which had its echoes on the Seminary too. Finding it difficult to continue, Thomas joined the Manjanikkara Dayro for Syriac Studies and priestly formation. Under the spiritual guidance of Jacob Madapattu Rabban (later Metropolitan Mor Yulius Ya`qub), he completed liturgical studies. During the one-year stay at the monastery, he completed Bachelor of Education degree at the NSS Training College, Pandalam.

Priesthood[edit]

While at the seminary, Metropolitan of Kottayam diocese Geevarghese Mor Gregorios (Perumpally Thirumeni) ordained him shamshono (full deacon). In 1975 Mor Philoxenos Paulose ordained him Kassisso (priest). Thereupon Thomas began to assist the vicar of his parish. Later he began to teach at the T.M. High School, Perumpilavu near Kunnamkulam. While teaching there, he assisted K.V. Kuriakose (later Mor Yulius Kuriakose), at the Simhasana Church, Kunnamkulam. When late Mor Philoxenos Paulose was consecrated Catholicose of the East, he invited Thomas to assist him at the Muvattupuzha Aramana. After a few months, Thomas was appointed vicar of the St. Mary's Church, Bangalore. This became a turning point in his life. He served in this capacity for eight years until 1984. During this period, along with his pastoral duties, Thomas completed the B.D. and M.Th. degrees from the United Theological College, Bangalore. St. Mary's Church in Bangalore was built during this period.[1]

Bishopric[edit]

In 1984 Thomas became the vicar of St. Peter's Church, New Delhi, where he served for two years. In 1986 he left for Germany for higher studies and joined the Erlangen-Nuremberg University. After completing studies in German language, he moved to the Goettingen University in 1987 to pursue Syriac patristic studies. He returned to India in 1990, after being elected to the bishopric of the Outside Kerala diocese. On 3 January 1991, Thomas was ordained Mor Timotheos Thomas to assist the Metropolitan of the Outside Kerala diocese Mor Theophilos Thomas, who was getting old. On 12 January 1992 Theophilos Thomas died, and Mor Timotheos assumed full responsibility for the diocese.

The Metropolitan established his administrative office at Mulund, Bombay. A new publication, "The Vision" was started thereafter and continues to be published as a bilingual monthly. Following the 1993 Latur earthquake, Thomas Mor Timotheos launched a rehabilitation program with the support of the entire Church. A Gram Jyothi Social Welfare Centre was established at the Harangul village in Latur which served three villages with health clinics and educational programmes. A mission centre was organized at Anagalpura near Bangalore city and the centre started functioning along with St. George's School.

In 1999 when the late Metropolitan of Kottayam Diocese, Gregorios Geevarghese fell ill, Mor Timotheos Thomas assumed responsibility for the Kottayam diocese. After Gregorios Geevarghese died on February 22, 1999, full responsibility for the diocese was entrusted to Mor Timotheos. In addition, Thomas Mor Timotheos assumed responsibilities as Assistant Metropolitan for the Southern Kerala Dioceses of Thumpamon, Niranam and Quilon for a short period. Thomas also served as the President of the Youth League of the Malankara Church. [4]

Ecumenical activities[edit]

Mor Timotheos Thomas participated in the Vienna Consultations—the dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches. He represented the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church in the eighth assembly of the World Council of Churches, held at Zimbabwe in 1998. Thomas Mor Timotheos is a regular participant in forums hosted by the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) and served for fours years as the President of NCCI Unit I. He was also a key participant in the dialogue between the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church which produced breakthroughs in controversial issues such as inter-confessional marriages. As of 2013 Thomas Mor Timotheos was the president of the Bible Society of India, Kerala Auxiliary.

Patriarchal Honor[edit]

Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka Ist Iwas, the Patriarch of Antioch and Supreme head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church honored Mor Thimotheos with the title " NAHEERO" which means "Brilliant" as a token of appreciation to his valuable services to the holy church.

Episcopal Contributions[edit]

Mor Themotheos Thomas is having significant role in the development of present Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church in India, especially in the outside dioceses. Mor Themotheos ordained 6 present metropolitans of the church into the Holy priesthood " Kassiso" which is a remarkable record in his grace life. None another bishop in Jacobite church have that record as of now. Priest's ordained by Mor Themotheos serving as Bishops are :

1. Mor Osthatheos Pathrose (Bangalore) 2. Mor Eusebious Kuriakose (Delhi) 3. Mor Coorilose Geevargese (Niranam) 4. Mor Phelexinos Zacharias (Idukki) 5. Mor Alexandrios Thomas (Mumbai) 6. Mor Thimotheos Matthew (Patriarchal Secretory for Indian Affairs)

Mor Themotheos is the founder of Pre-Marital counselling program in Jacobite church. First he started this in his diocese and later it was added to the whole church.

Mor Themotheos served as the President and resident metropolitan of M.S.O.T seminary for 9 years ( 1991-2000) and a faculty of the seminary. Later on Dr.Mor Theophilose Kuriakose succeeded him.

See also[edit]

Syriac Orthodox Church
Jacobite Syrian Christian Church

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Syrianchurch.org Is For Sale". www.syrianchurch.org. Retrieved 19 March 2018. 
  2. ^ Administrator. "Bishops". www.niranamdiocese.org. Retrieved 19 March 2018. 
  3. ^ "Church denies burial to Priyanka's granny for marrying a Hindu". Times Now. 12 July 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2018. 
  4. ^ "Mar Themothios back in the saddle". The Hindu. 11 June 2016.