A Regional Bishop will be consecrated for the Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America
Considering the vastness of the American Malankara Archdiocese that is spread across North America & Canada, His Holiness Mor Ignatius Zakka I, Patriarch & the Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church has decided to consecrate a regional bishop to provide assistance to the Archbishop and issued an Apostolic Bull accordingly. As directed by the Patriarch a delegation headed by Archbishop, His Eminence Mor Titus Yeldho, visited the holy father in Lebanon and participated in the detailed discussions before making such a vital decision for traversing the administrative tasks of the Archdiocese more effectively. Secretary to the Clergy Association, Very Rev.Mathews Edathara Corepiscopos and the Joint Treasurer of the Archdiocese, Mr.Saju K. Paulose Marroth, were among the delegation.
As per the direction of the Patriarch, the General Body of delegates from all churches, the decision making supreme body of the Archdiocese, must draw a geographical region as well as recommend name of a priestly person to be consecrated as bishop for that region by His Holiness. The next General Body meeting of the church delegates is scheduled along with the Archdiocesan Annual Family & Youth Conference 2013 to be held from July 18 through 21st in Dallas, Texas. According to the Bull a few parishes in the American continent previously allowed to operate as churches directly under the Patriarch are added as member parishes of the American Archdiocese. The representatives of the newly constituted region will also be in the governing Archdiocesan Council. The implication of this arrangement is meant to proceed as per the Constitution for having an undivided single American Archdiocese, a single governing Archdiocesan Council, an Archbishop and a regional Metropolitan to aid assistance to the Archbishop to foster the entire spiritual flock from Malankara in this hemisphere. H.E. Mor Themotheos Mathews Karimpanackal, Patriarchal Secretary for Indian Affairs, will work along with the Archbishop, His Eminence Mor Titus Yeldho, up until such a regional bishop is selected and consecrated by the Patriarch.
His Holiness with his fatherly affection advised all faithful to abide with these directions and work together for the benefit and glory of the Holy Church and to witness the Savior,Lord Jesus Christ.
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May God Bless the Holy Church.
Chevalier Babu Jacob Nadayil
Public Relations Officer,
Malankara Archdiocese of the S.O.C. in North America