Bishop Augen Mar Divannasyos dies
The Very Rev Augen Mar Divannasyos of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian
Church dies in a road accident early today morning. He was travelling
to Ponkunnam in Kottayam District in a Scorpio when a bus hit the
car. He died on the spot. He was taken in an ambulance to Kottayam
Medical College. He was the bishop of the Orthodox diocese in Idukki.
He was ordained as a bishop on June 10 2004. He was 55 years old.
Very Rev. Augen Ramban was the Manager and Vicar of Vallikkattu
Dayara in Kottayam, Kerala. He was a veteran spiritual leader, and
excellent speaker a perfect organizer and a born administrator of the
Malankara Orthodox Church. Very Rev. Augen Ramban was born Vinoy
Kurien. He was ordained as deacon in 1979 and Priesthood in 1980 by
His Holiness Baselius Marthoma Mathews I, the Catholicos of the East
and Malankara Metropolitan. In 1992, H.H. Baselius Marthoma Mathews
II Catholicos elevated Fr. Zachariah Perangattu to the order of
Ramban, in the name Augen, which was suggested by H.H. Baselius
Marthoma Mathews I, the then Catholicos.
He was a celebrated writer too. His first books is a travelogue
which is entitled 'Marushadwalangaliloode' (through the Desert &
Greenlands). 'Catholicatinte Nidhi' (The Treasure of Catholicate), a
book which depicts the biography of the Second Catholicos of the
church, 'Prathyasha' (Hope) etc. are some of his known books. A
number of his articles are being published in various church
publications. The unpublished daily notes of H.H. Baselius
Geevarghese I and H.H's descriptions of the journey to Ceylon are now
ready to be in print.