Abraham Mar Clemis becomes the longest-serving Metropolitan
KOTTAYAM: Abraham Mar Clemis, the head of the Knanaya Church and the
senior-most Metropolitan in India has become the longest-serving
bishop in the history of the Malankara Syrian Church after the
historical `Koonankurisu Satyam' in 1653.
The record was previously held by Catholicos Baselius Geevarghese II.
Mar Abraham completed 18,744 days (51 years and four months) as
Metropolitan after being ordained on April 15, 1951, by Patriarch of
Antioch, Ignathios Mar Aprem I, in Syria.
Catholicos Baselius Mar Thoma Mathews II occupies the second
position, having served for 17,983 days (49 years and three months).