76th Birthday of Bava Thirumeni
- By the Grace of Almighty God, Aboon Mor Baselious Thomas I, the
Catholicose Of India, is celebrating his 76th Birthday on July 29,
Born in the Cheruvillil family of Vadayambadi, Puthenkuriz to Mathai
and Kunjamma on 29th July 1929, early part of his life was full of
sufferings. Though he belonged to an aristocratic family, by the
time he was born the family had seen bad days. As a child he had
frequent bouts of illness which affected his education. His mother
used to take the young boy frequently to the nearby Malecuriz Dayro
where the relics of late Patriarch St. Elias III and St.Gregorios
(Parumala Thirumeni) had been interred.
His priestly formation was under the guidance of Mor Philoxenos
Paulose (late Catholicos Mor Baselios Paulose II) who ordained
him 'Korooyo' in 1952 and 'Shamshono' at Kadamattom Church in 1957.
In August 1958, C M Thomas was ordained 'Kassisso' (full priest) by
Mor Yulius Elias at the Majanikkara Dayro
In January 1974, Fr. C M Thomas was elected to the episcopate by the
Malankara Jacobite Syrian Christian Association, convened at the
Karingachira St. George Church and was consecrated Metropolitan with
the title 'Mor Dionysius' by H.H Mor Ignatius Ya`qub III on 24th
February 1974 at Damascus, Syria. He was entrusted with the charge
of Angamali diocese, the largest of all the Syrian Orthodox dioceses
which has a membership of more than half a million.
On 27th December 2000, His Excellency was chosen as the Catholicose-
designate by the Holy Episcopal Synod. The Church delegates meeting
held at Puthenkuriz on the same day, unanimously approved this
decision. H.H the Patriarch, however, waited for two more years in
expectation of a peaceful settlement to the longstanding dispute
between the two factions of Malankara Church.
But as it became clearer that the chances for reconciliation is
remote because of the insincerity on the part of the opposite
faction; a crucial convention was convened at Puthencuriz, Kerala on
6th July 2002 in which delegates from all the parishes participated
and they approved a new constitution for the effective administration
of the Indian Church with the consent of the supreme head, the
Patriarch of Antioch & all the East. H.E. Mor Dionysius Thomas was
elected as the Catholicose and the Metropolitan Trustee of the
Jacobite Syrian Christian Church at this historic Church
Association. The election was later ratified by the Holy Episcopal
Synod of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church on 22nd July 2002.
On Friday the 26th July 2002, His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka
I Iywas the Patriarch of Antioch & all the East, consecrated the 73-
year old Mor Dionysius Thomas as the CATHOLICOS with the
title 'BASELIOS THOMAS I', at a solemn function held at the St.
Ephrem Church, Marth Saydnaya, Damascus. Thus fulfilling the wishes
of multitude of faithful, the Malankara Church received a Catholicos
after a gap of six years. In the Syrian Orthodox Church hierarchy,
the Catholicos is second in order to the supreme spiritual head, the
Patriarch of Antioch
We wish our beloved Aboon, a blessed and esteemed, healthy and long
life. In our daily prayers, let us pray for H.B, to continue to lead
the Church in Malankara with the divine guidance.
In Our Lords Love