Delhi Diocese Metropolitan | 2012 – Present
Third Metropolitan of Delhi Diocese
Born: 18December 1952
Ordained as Metropolitan: 12 May 2010
Parents – Palamoottil Mathews and Mercy
Parish – St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral, Kollam Diocese.
Qualification – B. A - Kerala University
M. R. E - Gorden Conwell Theological Seminary, America
Ph. D - Fordam University
Languages Known – Malayalam, English, Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac.
Position held – Professor, Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam.
Secretary, Ecumenical Relations Committee.
General Secretary, Orthodox Vaidikasanghom.
Co-Secretary, Orthodox –Catholic Church Dialogue.
Delegate, W. C. C Commission of Educational and Ecumenical Formation.
Representative of the Church in many international Conferences.
Dean, Doctoral Studies.
Election – 17th February 2010, Sasthamkotta Association.
Consecration as Metropolitan – 12th May 2010, Mar Elia Cathedral, Kottayam.
2002 - 2011
Second Metropolitan of Delhi Diocese
Born: 08 May 1939
Ordained as Metropolitan: 30 April 1991
Died: 20 November 2011
His Grace Job Mar Philoxenos, the youngest son of Kanianthra Thomas and Achamma, was born on 8 may 1939, in Mepral, a village near Tiruvalla. His Grace spent his formative schooling in Mepral and subsequently joined the Mount Tabor Dayara when he was 16 years old. Sacrificing a life of material comfort he chose the austere discipline of a monastic calling, influenced by none other than his dear mother and inspired personally by his maternal uncle the Catholicos at that time, His Holiness BaseliosGeevarghese II. The Catholicos entrusted the school-age boy to the care of Metropolitan Thomas Mar Dionysius, the founder and head of the Mount Tabor Dayara, a socio- spiritual enterprise that sought to re-live the communitarian ideal of the Early Christians. The life and work of Mar Philoxenos reflected the spirit of Mount Tabor Dayara, which emphasized the virtue of dedicating individual lives to an austere discipline, in a common effort toward prayerfully agreed social endeavors. His Grace was ordained a Deacon on May 26th, 1956, a full Deacon on November 3rd, 1961 by Moran Mar BaseliosGeevarghese II and a priest on May 11th, 1972.
His Grace Job Mar Philoxenos earned his Master’s degree in English Literature from St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirapalli and was appointed faculty of St. Stephen’s College, Pathanapuram, until he was elected by the Malankara Syrian Christian Association as an Episcopal candidate in December of 1989. Elevated as Ramban and as Episocapa on April 30th, 1991, the Holy Synod appointed His Grace as the Assistant Metropolitan of the Delhi Diocese on June 14th, 1991. He was ordained as Metropolitan of the Orthodox Church on 30 April 1991 at Devalokam Aramana Chapel by H.H. BaseliosMarthoma Mathews II. Shortly after the heavenly abode of H.G. Dr. Paulose Mar Gregorios on November 24th, 1996 His Grace Job Mar Philoxenos was given the charge of Metropolitan of the Delhi Diocese.
The years His Grace dedicated to the Orthodox Church were filled with accomplishments reflecting his quiet commitment to the growth of the Church. He had consecrated over 16 new parishes in the Delhi Diocese, a majority being in the National Capital Region (NCR). It is worthy of mention here the tremendous amount of hard work and effort which went into acquiring the land through active negotiations with officials such as Governors and Ministers, the fund raising, planning and finally the monitoring of the construction that was required in the successful completion of these projects. In the spirit of cooperation, he maintained an excellent relationship with valiyaThirumeni and further more established the prestigious Dr. Paulose Mar Gregorios Award in his name. He completed valiyaThirumeni’s dream project of a retreat center in the Golden Heights of Aravali hills in his remembrance. To realize his commitment to the community, he established the Shantigram project for the development of a village in Haryana (40 Km from Delhi). This project involved the purchase of 30 acres of land, the institution of a good English Medium School and an affordable Clinic to service the people of the village.
He is remembered for his untiring efforts in striking up personal relationships with active members in each parish of the Orthodox Church, visiting all the Churches and congregations from JAISALMIR, a congregation in the Pakistan border, to UAE. His untiring support of fellow priests through difficult times has not gone unnoticed. Thirumeni looked to the future and to include the future generations of Orthodox members he started a new spiritual organization Diaspora, conducted conferences and meetings with an eye toward inclusiveness and ecumenism. Finally, through the melodious voice of Thirumeni we have been blessed to enjoy the sweetness and beauty of our worship. Perhaps, one can call H.G the real Vanampady of Orthodox Church.
1976 - 1996
First Metropolitan of Delhi Diocese;
Principal of the Orthodox Theological Seminary at Kottayam;
Founder of Delhi Orthodox Centre.
Born:09 August 1922
Ordained as Metropolitan: 16 February 1975
Died: 24 November 1996
Quite by an accident of circumstances, he was offered the post of a school teacher in Ethiopia, waiving the condition that the candidate should be a college graduate. He was 25, and he accepted the post. This was a turning point in his life. News of his capability and enthusiasm reached the Emperor, who was impressed by his work as well as by the speed at which he could master the local language, Amharic. But the teacher opted to be a life-long student. After three mutually useful years in Ethiopia, he went to the United States for further studies.
After receiving his BA from Goshen College in Indiana, he continued his studies at Oklahoma University, at the Union Theological Seminary in New York, at Princeton (Master of Divinity), and at Yale (Master of Sacred Theology). He did his doctoral studies in Oxford and Muenster in Germany, and received his Doctorate in Theology from the Serampore University.
Returning to India, Paul Varghese worked as an honorary lecturer at the Union Christian College in Alwaye, as an Associate General Secretary of the Student Christian Movement (1954-56), and as the General Secretary of the Orthodox Student Movement (1955-57).
Haile Sellassie, the Emperor of Ethiopia, visited India in 1956, and he persuaded Paul Varghese to return to Ethiopia as his Aide and Advisor. While in Ethiopia (1956-59), he involved himself in education in Ethiopia, promoted Indo-Ethiopian diplomatic relations, and lectured at the Addis Ababa University.
Around this time, Paul Varghese decided that the time had come for him to return to his Church back in India, particularly in view of the peace being restored to the Church, following the 1958 settlement between the Catholicos of the East and the Patriarch of Antioch. He was ordained as a priest by the Catholicos H. H. BaseliosGeevarghese II in 1961.
Fr. Paul Varghese’s field of work soon shifted to Geneva, with the World Council of Churches. There he headed the Division of Ecumenical Action as an Associate General Secretary. Later, he was a member of the Central Committee and of the Executive Committee, Moderator of the Commission on Church and Society (1975-83), and one of its Presidents (1983-91). He led WCC delegations to major conferences including the UN General Assembly Special Sessions on Disarmament (1983,1988). In WCC forums and beyond, he persistently opposed apartheid and the old and new colonialism. He chaired the World Conference on Faith, Science and the Future in Cambridge, USA (1979). He was the vice-president of the Christian Peace Conference (1970-90).
In 1975, Fr. Paul Varghese was elevated as a bishop with the name PaulosGregorios. He took charge of the newly formed Diocese of Delhi, a position he held until his death. He established the Delhi Orthodox Centre, where he began such ambitious projects as the Neeti Shanti Kendra for promoting peace and justice, and Sarva Dharma Nilaya for inter- religious dialogue and cooperation.
Concurrently, Mar Gregorios was the Principal of the Orthodox Theological Seminary at Kottayam, the premier teaching and training institution for the priests of the Church. He raised it to a college recognized for the award of graduate and post graduate degrees. He established the Sophia Centre linked to the Seminary.
A member of the Senate of the Kerala and Serampore Universities for a number of years, Mar Gregorios was a visiting Professor at Denver, Harvard, Wooster, and Princeton. He was a fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study at Shimla, the vice-president of the Kerala philosophical Congress, and the president of the Indian Philosophical Congress.