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46th Dhukrono of Metropolitan Michael Mor Dionysius

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  • Thomas Daniel <daniel_reji@hotmail.com>
    46th Dhukrono of Metropolitan Michael Mor Dionysius (Metropolitan of the Kottayam & southern dioceses 1927- 56) Mor Dionysius was one of the fearless
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 17, 2003
      46th Dhukrono of Metropolitan Michael Mor Dionysius
      (Metropolitan of the Kottayam & southern dioceses 1927-'56)

      Mor Dionysius was one of the fearless Metropolitans who lead the
      Malankara church through a time of great crisis. He was born in 1880
      (Edavam 15), as the son of Alummoottil John Upadeshi of Kayamkulam.
      When Mikhayel was 18 years old, while playing in a tennis court, he
      was summoned by Pulikkottil Joseph Mar Dionysius, the Malankara
      Metropolitan, who had arrived at the Kadisha church at Kayankulam and
      was ordained a deacon on Christmas day. Mikhayel accompanied Mor
      Dionysius to Kottayam where he continued his education at M.D.
      Seminary and Old Seminary. He was ordained shamshono by Parumala Mor
      Gregorius and on Chingam 15, 1910 was ordained priest by Vattasseril
      Mar Dionysius.

      Qasheesho Mikhayel served as member on the Kayamkulam town
      improvement committee and later in the Sree Moolam Praja Sabha. When
      schism rent apart the Malankara Syrian Church, Qasheesho Mikhail
      stood steadfast in his loyalty to the Patriarchate of Antioch parting
      ways with Vattasseril Mar Dionysius. In September 1927, Qasheesho
      Mikhayel was ordained Metropolitan Mor Dionysius by Patriarch Elias
      III. Mor Dionysius led a very simple life, giving away much of his
      possessions to the poor and needy. He was the founder of the
      Malankara Sunday School Association. Until his death on January 18,
      1956, Mor Dionysius was considered a pillar of strength for the
      church. His mortal remains are interred at Panampady church.
      [ from the SOR web site]

      Link to the biography of Michael Thirumeni from the SOR Web Site
      http://sor.cua.edu/Personage/Malankara/MDionysiusMAlummoottil.html
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