New Rambans (Rabban- Monk) Ordained for Malankara
Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Abraham Thukalan and Rev. Fr. Paul (Ullas) Varkey
Vettikkunnel who were chosen as Metropolitan designates for the
dioceses of Idukki and Calicut recently, were elevated to the order
of Ramban (Rabban- Monk) by His Beatitude the Catholicos Mor Baselios
Thomas I at a solemn function held at the St. Athanasius Cathedral,
Puthencuriz today afternoon.
Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Thukalan will henceforth be known as 'Sthepahnos'
and Rev. Fr. Paul Varkey will be known by name 'Shemavun'.
Metropolitans Their Eminences, Mor Polycorpus Geevarghese
(Evangelical Association) , Mor Severios Geevarghese (Knanaya
Archbishop), Mor Athanasius Geevarghese (Bahrain & Qatar), Mor
Theophilos Kuriakose(Seminary), Mor Mathews Aphrem (Angamali High
Range), Mor Chrysistmos Markose (Evangelical Association), Mor
Theovodosius Kuriakose (Kollam), Mor Koorilose Geevarghese (Niranam),
Mor Athanasius Elias (Patriarchal Cathedral) and Mor Ivanios
Kuriakose (Kanaya) participated in the holy ceremony.
On Sunday 24th August, both the newly elevated Rambans will be
consecrated as Metropolitans for the dioceses of Idukki and Calicut
by the supreme head of the Church His Holiness the Patriarch of
Antioch & all the East at the St. Peter & St. Paul Cathedral, Mor
Aphrem Seminary, Damascus.
Photos of Ramban ordination
SOCM News Bureau - Puthencuriz