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94th Dhukrono of H.E Mor Dionysius Joseph

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  • Thomas Daniel
    94th Dhukrono - 11th July 2003 H.E. MOR DIONYSIUS JOSEPH (1833-1909) Malankara Metropolitan, 1876-1909 Source:-
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      94th Dhukrono - 11th July 2003
      H.E. MOR DIONYSIUS JOSEPH (1833-1909)
      Malankara Metropolitan, 1876-1909
      Source:- http://www.malankarachurch.org/PULIKOTTIL/Pulikottil.htm

      At a time when the Malankara Syrian Church was reeling under severe
      crisis, it was the dedicated and able leadership of Malankara
      Metropolitan Pulikottil Mor Divanyasious V that helped to overcome
      one of its most difficult periods. His Excellency is acknowledged
      as the architect of the modern Malankara Church.

      Born in the 'Pulikottil' family of Kunnamkulam, 'Mor Divanyasious'
      alias Joseph, rose to the order of Metropolitan, in AD 1865. The
      sufferings he had faced as Metropolitan to retain the Syrian
      Christian faith in Malankara was unprecedented. In those period, the
      British were the dominant force in India and they supported the
      Anglican Church who tried to introduce their protestant faith among
      the Syrian Christians. As a consequence of this, many of the
      churches in Central Travancore (Southern Kerala) including the lone
      Seminary of the Jacobite Syrian Christians at Kottayam, came under
      the influence of the Church Missionary Society (C.M.S). With the
      arrival of Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, 'Mor Ignatius Peter
      IV' in AD 1875, the situation changed for better. The discussions
      held by the Patriarch with the British authorities at London on his
      way to India, helped a lot in changing their attitude towards the
      Malankara Church. Since then the Government and the judiciary under
      British rule, started to function impartially. But the internal
      administration of the Malankara Church was still a complicated
      affair. On the request of Pulikottil Thirumeni and others, the
      Patriarch held series of discussions with the representatives of the
      Syrian Christian community to find out a longstanding solution to the
      problems pertaining the Malankara Church. In June AD 1876, Patriarch
      Mor Ignatius Peter IV convened a Synod at the Mulunthuruthy MarThoman
      Church and the 'Syrian Christian Association' comprising of
      representatives from the Parishes of Malankara was organized. As per
      the decision of this historic Synod, Malankara Edavaka (Archdiocese)
      was divided into six new dioceses for administrative convenience and
      Metropolitans were ordained for each. (St.Gregorios of Parumala was
      one of those new Metropolitans ordained by the Patriarch Mor Ignatius
      Peter IV). It was on that occassion, Pulikottil Joseph Mor
      Divanyasious was elevated as the 'Malankara Metropolitan' (Chief of
      the local synod) and entrusted with the title 'Mor DIVANYASIOUS V'.

      His Grace Mor Divanyasious V continued as the head of the Church in
      Malankara for 33 long years and by then, he was able to re-establish
      the lost glory of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church. It was at
      his insistence many of the spiritual organization like the students
      movement, Sunday school etc were organized in a systematic order for
      the first time in Malankara. He is also the founder of the famous
      Seminary at Parumala. His administrative capability was considered
      to be extraordinary. Pulikottil Mor Divanyasious V is undoubtedly
      one of the greatest Metropolitans of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian
      Church.

      Here in this web site, a life history of this great metropolitan is
      reproduced; the main source being the biography of 'Pulikottil Mor
      Divanyasious V' published 1901) in connection with the Jubilee
      celebrations of his sacramental ordination, and the autobiography of
      one of his closest aides Edavazhikal E M Philipose. Links to the
      Biography of Pulikottil Thirumeni (Mor Dionysius V):-

      1. http://www.malankarachurch.org/PULIKOTTIL/Pulikkottil.htm
      2. http://sor.cua.edu/Personage/Malankara/MDionysiusJPulikkottil.html
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