The Twentieth Century Schism In The Malankara Church Part 12
Fr. Cherian George Poothicote
(Zachariah Mor Nicholovos, the former Metropolitan of the Malankara
Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America)
Dept. of History of Christianity, M.S.O.T Seminary
THE LIFE HISTORY OF MAR DIONYSIUS
Before evaluating the events narrated we should have a look at the
life history of Mar Dionysius. A look into the personal history will
be helpful for us to evaluate the schism he had originated.
Geevarghese was born into Vattasseril family of Mallappally in the
year 1858. This village is the place where the Anglican missionaries
of the C.M.S. had established its first Church for the Syrian
Christians who joined the Church of England. Young Geevarghese had
his early education in Malayalam alphabet and Arithmetic from the
local village teacher. After this he joined the local school and for
high school education he had to go to Kottayam. Both these schools
were run by the C.M.S. missionaries.
While Geevarghese was a student in the C.M.S. High School at
Kottayam, Patriarch Peter III visited India and Geevarghese was
ordained to the minor order by the Patriarch himself. After the
ordination he stopped school studies and took up the Syriac studies
under Mar Gregorios of Parumala and Mar Ivanios of Kandanad.
In the year 1880 he was ordained priest and in 1811 he was appointed
to teach at the Parumala Seminary and later in the year 1885 when the
Kottayam Seminary was recovered by Mar Dionysius V, Fr. Geevarghese
along with Konat Mathan Malpan began to teach there which he
continued till his consecration as Metropolitan in the year 1909. The
events after his consecration has already, been discussed in this
article and in a ripe old age he died in the year 1934.
Conted: Part 13
T. C Chacko
St. Mary's Church