A three day Episcopal Synod of the Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church
of Malankara has started at the Church head quarters (Patriarch
Centre) at Puthencuriz today the 11 May 2005. His Beatitude
Catholicose of India Mor Baselious Thomas I is presiding over the
Holy Synod. Metropolitans Mor Philoxenos of Malabar diocese, Mor
Thimotheos of Kottayam and Archdiocese of Greater India, Synod
Secretary Mor Gregorios of Kochi diocese, Mor Divanasios and Mor
Dioscoros of Simhsana dioceses, Mor Milithios of Kollam and
Thumpamon dioceses, Mor Koorilose of Niranam and Thiruvanathapuram
dioceses, Mor Ivanios of Kandanad diocese and Mor Theophilos of
Malankara Syrian Orthodox Theoligical Seminary are participating in
the local Synod.
The Synod is expected to discuss the reconstitution of the existing
dioceses and also certain other religious matters.
The Jacobite Syrian Christian Church of Malankara (India) under the
Catholicose is a division of Universal Syrian Orthodox Church of
Antioch and all the East. The supreme head of the Church is the
Patriarch of Antioch and the Catholicose is the head of the Indian
Church. It is the Catholicose who presides over the Indian
(Malankara) Synod. He ranks second to the Patriarch in hierarchy.