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