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