Kadavil Paulose Mor Athanasius Thirumeni (1833-1907)
On Nov. 2nd 2007 the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church remembers Paulose Mor Athanasius thirumeni (Kadavil Thirumeni I) along with St. Gregorios ( www.ParumalaThirumeni.org /.com), who passed away 100 years ago on Saturday 2nd Nov. 1907. Kadavil thirumeni who was installed as Metropolitan by late Patriarch of Antioch Mor Peter IV at Vadakken Paravur Church, was the first metropolitan
ordained for the diocese of Kottayam after its formation in 1876 as per the decision of the historic Mulanthuruthy Synod.
From 1891 onwards he assumed the additional responsibility of Ankamali, the largest diocese in the Malankara church. He was the senior most of the six Metropolitans ordained for the Malankara Archdiocese by the Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Pathros IV during his Apostolic journey to India from 1875 to '77.
Mor Athanasius, a profound Syriac scholar, had translated many religious books from Syriac to Malayalam including some chapters from the New Testament. His ardent efforts to uphold the faith and traditions of the church is applauded by all. It was the vision and the collective efforts of the three Metropolitans; Pulikottil Mor Dionysius, Chathuruthil Mor Gregorios and Kadavil Mor Athanasius, that helped in revamping the church in Malankara during a troublesome period.
On Saturday, 2 November 1907, Kadavil Thirumeni I passed away at the age of 74. His mortal remains were interred in the northern side of the St. Mary's church at Thrikkunnathu, Aluva. Malankara Metropolitan Pulikottil Mor Dionysius Joseph led the last rites of the late Metropolitan.
A detailed biography of the Kadavil Thirumeni I can be accessed via link http://www.syrianchurch.org/bio/KadavilThirumeniI.htm