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New Metropolitan consecration on Monday in Malankara

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  • Thomas Daniel
    ... Rev.Dr.Saji Varghese to be ordained Metropolitan for the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary on Monday at Puthenkuriz {Source:
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 27, 2003
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      --- In SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, Malankara Voice wrote:
      Rev.Dr.Saji Varghese to be ordained Metropolitan for the
      Malankara Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary on Monday
      at Puthenkuriz
      {Source: http://www.geocities.com/malankarav5/NewMetropolitan.htm }

      On Monday the 29th September, H.B Catholicose Mor Baselios Thomas I
      will ordain Rev. Dr. Saji Varghese as resident Metropolitan of the
      Malankara Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary. The venue of the
      consecration will be the Patriarchal centre Chapel, Puthenkuriz.
      All the Metropolitans of the Church will be the co-celebrants in
      the Holy Ceremony. On Sunday (tomorrow) the Metropolitan-designate
      will be ordained Ramban.

      It was the Church working committee held at Puthenkuriz on today
      which proposed the final date of consecration. The official
      consent of the supreme head of the Church H.H the Patriarch,
      for the said consecration was received in the last week itself.

      It is after a gap of 12 years a Metropolitan for the Syrian Church
      is to be ordained in India. The last Metropolitan ordained in
      was H.G. Thomas Mor Thermotheos (the present Metropolitan of the
      Archdiocese of Greater India and the Kottayam diocese) by Catholicose
      Baselios Paulose II on 3rd January 1991. As the Catholicose of the
      Church, Late lamented Baselios Paulose II has ordained seven
      Metropolitans for the Jacobite Syrian Church. This is for the first
      time Mor Baselios Thomas I is ordaining a Metropolitan after he was
      enthroned as the Catholicose in July 2002.

      Metropolitan-designate Rev.Dr. Saji Varghese belongs to the St.George
      Thabore Church, Ooramana in the Kandanad diocese. He was born on
      1st February 1966 as the son of Cheria Varkey and Saramma Varkey in
      the Kodikuthiyil family. His schooling was at the Ooramana High
      after which he completed his BA in Political Science from the
      College, Kolencherry. In 1980, he took his BTh. from the Malankara
      Syrian Orthodox Seminary, Udayagiri. In 1989 he was ordained a Deacon
      by late lamented H.G.Geevarghese Mor Gregorios Metropolitan.

      In 1993 he received the B.D from the United Theological College at
      Bangalore. From 1993 to ?5 he worked as the lecturer at the Malankara
      Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary. During this period he was the
      Organizing Secretary of the `Syrian Orthodox Christian Student
      In 1995 he went to Germany where he mastered in German and Latin
      from the Ostkirchliches Institute. In 2001 he got the Masters Degree
      Doctorate in Theology at the Catholic Faculty of the University of
      Regensburg. In 2002 he returned to Malankara as the Lecturer of the
      M.S.O.T Seminary.

      Since 1994 Rev.Dr. Saji Varghese is a member in the Dialogue Committee
      between Roman Catholic Church and the Malankara Syrian Orthodox
      In 1996 he had attended the International Conference of the Bishops
      organized by the Fokolar Movement as a special invitee. The priestly
      ordination of the Metropolitan-designate Rev.Dr.Saji Varhghese was on
      12th November 2002.

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