Rev. Fr. K. J. John is being raised to the rank of Corepiscopa by Catholicose
- By Grace of God Rev. Fr. K. J. John is being raised to the rank of Corepiscopa by His Beatitude Catholicose Baselious Thomas 1st and assisted by His Grace Issac Mor Osthatheos, Metropolitan of Mylapore and Delhi Dioceses on 26th August 2011 at Patriarchal Cathedral ,Puthencruz. Rev Fr K J John is the Senior Priest in the Mylapore diocese and is the Vicar of St Marys Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church in Perambur/ Retteri in Chennai.
Rev Fr. K. J. John was born on 25th May 1942 to Mr. P J Joseph and Aleyamma of Penchathil at Kozhipilly Koothattukullam. His parental church is St Peters and St Pauls Church Karamala. His uncle Late Rev Fr Yohannan Penchathil helped in molding his future and taught him the basics of Syriac and Jacobite liturgy.
After completing his theological studies at Malekurishe seminary and Theological college at Kottayam (1958- 1962) he took his graduation in literature from M A college Kothamangalam and post graduation from Vikram university Bhopal and later B.Ed from Mysore University.
Fr.K.J.John was ordained as deacon in 1962 and priest in 1973 by H G Paulose Mar Philaxinose (H.B Catholicose Baselious Paulose II) the then Metropolitan of Kandanad diocese. He started his career as teacher and Chaplain of St Marys Higher secondary School and chapel in Chennai during 1970. The then headmaster Rev Fr C M Thomas (His Grace Thomas Mar Osthatheos) was his role model. He was promoted to the role of Principal of the institution in 1983 and retired from service in 2002.
His wife Leelamma John of Kuravamkudiyil family Thriklathoor retired as Principal of St Marys Girls Hr Sec School Chennai in 2006. They are blessed with two daughters and a son. Eldest daughter Dr. Elizabeth Sonu John married to Late Mr M A Joseph of Mudakanthala family Kolenchery blessed with two daughters Joan and Suzanne. Son Eltho John is married to Elza from Mandoli family Ernakulam and blessed with a son Jeremy. Youngest daughter Sarah Shynu John is married to Mr. Rimsjo of Paluparambil family Chottanikara and blessed with a son Joshua.
John Achan took initiative to construct a new church at Retteri Chennai and foundation stone was laid by present H.B Catholicose Baselious Thomas 1st in 2003. With the support and co operation of the parishers and well wishers the church was consecrated in 2005. He has given guidance and support for the establishment of St Thomas JSO Church at Annanagar , St George Church Avadi and other sister Institutions. He is helping His Grace Issac Mar Osthatheos the Metropolitan of Mylapore and Delhi dioceses as clergy secretary of the Mylapore diocese.
By Gods Grace Rev Fr John is in his 41st Year of service in Chennai and has earned the love, affection and cooperation of the parishers and well wishers who are inspired by his simplicity and humility. May God Almighty shower His blessing and strengthen him to continue his service to God and to humanity.