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Fr Kuriakose Edavazhikkal elected Knanaya Metropolitan

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  • Thomas Daniel
    Fr. Kuriakose Abraham Edavazhickel has been elected the new Head of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church - Knanaya Diocese at the special session of the
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      Fr. Kuriakose Abraham Edavazhickel has been elected
      the new Head of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian
      Church - Knanaya Diocese at the special session of the
      Kananaya Association held in the headquarters of the
      Church at Chingavanom on 18th December. Fr. Edavazhickel
      got 176 votes against 90 polled by Kuriakose Chirayil Cor
      Episcopa in the 294-strong electoral college. Of the
      294 members, only 269 attended today's session. Three
      votes were declared invalid. The association, which
      is scheduled to meet on December 30 again, would decide
      on the issue of electing assistant Bishops and other
      matters.

      Fr. Kuriakose Edavazhikkal alias Roy Achan assumes the
      seat following the demise of the Great Metropolitan of
      the East, Mor Abraham Clemis, in September 2002 at the
      culmination of one of the longest reigns in Indian
      Christendom. Fr. Edavazhickel will be elevated to
      Bishopric by the Patriarch of Antioch, Mor Ignatius
      Zakka I Iwas at a later date which will announced soon.
      He will be the fourth Metropolitan of the congregation.

      Born into a family of priests on May 21, 1959,
      Fr. Edavazhickel bears the tradition of Bishop
      Ghevargheese Mor Sevarios, the first Metropolitan of
      the Knanaya Diocese who was also a member of the family.
      The famous Church historian E M Philip, the secretary to
      Malankara Metropolitan Pulikottil Joseph Mor Dionysius II,
      also belongs to the famous Edavazhikkal family. The new
      Metropolitan-elect, is the first among seven children of
      Edavazhikkal Kunjavarachan and Mariamma of Kottayam. A
      post-graduate in History and English, he gained his degree
      in theology from Menooth University, Ireland, and PG in
      the same subject from Pourasthya Vidya Peeth, Vadavathoor.

      Currently, he is doing research work at Vadavathoor. He
      is also serving as the vicar of the St George Church,
      Neelamperoor.

      In Our Lords Love
      Thomas Daniel (Reji)
      St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church
      Cheppaud, Alleppy Dist, Kerala, India.
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