Chevalier Dr. Mathew Samuel has been decorated with the title Commander for his contribution for the beginning and activities of Jacobite congregation at Perth, Australia. The St. Aphrem’s medal was presented to him His Holiness The Patriarch of Antioch & All the East and the Supreme head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas at St. Jacob's Monastery at Atchaneh on 6th July 2013.
At this occasion His Holiness blessed the stone to be laid at the newly constructing church at Perth and sent it with him.
Dr. Mathew Samuel is a Consultant Psychiatrist at Perth, Western Australia and belongs to St. Peters JSS Cathedral Thiruvananthapuram. He is the eldest of three sons of Mr. M. Samuel ( Currently Trustee of St. Peters JSS Cathedral) and Mrs. Ammini Samuel. His wife is Dr. Binu Susan Kuruvila, who is doing her fellowship in Cardiology at Perth. They have two daughters – Reshma and Shreya. His youngest brother Dn. Dr. Paul Samuel, an ENT surgeon serves as Youphadyakno of Kollam diocese currently in Thiruvananthapuram.
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