His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II

Patriarch

Born in Kamishly, Syria on May 3, 1965, the youngest son of Mr. & Mrs. Issa Karim, His Eminence Metropolitan Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim lost his father at an early age and was raised ,with the rest of his family, by his late and loving mother Khanema. He entered St. Ephrem's Theological Seminary in Atchaneh, Lebanon in 1977, following his primary schooling in Kamishly. In 1982, His Eminence served the Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo, Syria, for the next two years. From 1984 to 1988, Archbishop Karim pursued higher studies at the Coptic Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt, graduating with a Bachelor Degree of Divinity.

In 1985, Metropolitan Karim took the vows of a monk, and put himself in the service of the Church. He was ordained to the diaconate

in Egypt, and later the same year, to the sacred priesthood in Kamishly. From 1988 to 1989, Mor Cyril served as both, the secretary of His Holiness, Moran Mor Zakka I Iwas, Syrian Orhtodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, and as a teacher at St. Ephrem's Theological Seminary in Damascus, Syria. In 1991, His Eminence entered St. Patrick's College in Maynooth, Ireland, where he received a License of Sacred Theology Degree, in 1992, and his Doctor of Divinity Degree in 1994, following a defense of his doctoral thesis on The Symbolism of the cross in early Syriac Christianity

On Sunday, January 28, 1996, His Eminence was consecrated as Metropolitan and Patriarchal Vicar to the Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church for the Eastern United States, by His Holiness Patriarch Zakka I Iwas, at St. Mary 's Syriac Orthodox Church in Kamishly. Archbishop Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim arrived in The United States on March 2, 1996, and was officially installed to his position at St. Mark's Cathedral in Teaneck, New Jersey.

On March 21, 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Zakka I Iwas was called into his heavenly abode. Subsequently, the Holy Synod elected His Eminence Metropolitan Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim as the successor to the Holy Throne and the supreme head of the universal Syrian orthodox church. On May 29, 2014, in Damascus, Syria, His Eminence was consecrated as the 123rdsuccessor of St. Peter, with the name His Holiness Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II.
     


His Holiness Ignatius Zakka I Iwas (Patriarch) - Of Blessed Memory

Patriarch

His Holiness Ignatius Zakka I was born on April 21, 1933 into the faithful family of 'Iwas' in Mosul, Iraq. He joined the St. Ephrem Theological Seminary in Mosul in 1946 at the age of 13.

On November 28, 1948, young Zakka was ordained 'Koroyoo' (Deacon) by H. E. Mor Athanasius Touma Kasseer and on February 8, 1953, he was elevated to the rank of 'Afodyaknoh' (Half Deacon) by H.E. Mor Gregorios Paulos Behnam. On June 6, 1954 Mor Gregorios Paulos Behnam ordained him as Rabban (monk).

On November 17, 1963, Rabban Zakka was ordained Metropolitan by the Patriarch Mor Ya`qub III for the Mosul Archbishopric with title 'Severious'. Thus he came to be known as Mor Severios Zakka.

On June 26, 1980, the Patriarch Mor Ya`qub III passed away and the Holy Synod unanimously elected Mor Severios Zakka, Archbishop of Baghdad and Basra as the new Patriarch of Antioch and All the East.

On September 14, 1980, Mor Severios was installed as the 122nd Patriarch of Antioch & all the East, by name Ignatius Zakka I.
     

H.B Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I

Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas-I, the spiritual head of the Syrian Christians of India, was born in the Cheruvillil family of Vadayambadi, Puthenkuriz to Mathai and Kunjamma on 22nd July 1929.

His priestly formation was under the guidance of Mor Philoxenos Paulose (late Catholicos Mor Baselios Paulose-II) who ordained him 'Korooyo' in 1952 and 'Shamshono' at Kadamattom Church in 1957. In August 1958, C M Thomas was ordained 'Kassisso' (full priest) by Mor Yulius Elias at the Majanikkara Dayro.

In 1959 he was appointed as the vicar of St.Peter's church, Puthencuriz. Later he served the churches at Vellathooval, Keezhumuri, Fort Cochin, Valamboor, Calcutta and Thrissur. For a period of seven years from 1967, he was the organizing secretary of Kolenchery Medical Mission Hospital. He also served as the Chief organizer of the North Indian mission at Bhilai in 1970's and as the secretary of the Pourasthaya Suvishesha Samajam in 1974. He was well known as a great revivalist preacher and was also recognized as an excellent organizer.

In January 1974, Fr. C M Thomas was elected to the episcopate by the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Christian Association convened at the Karingachira St. George Church and was consecrated Metropolitan with the title 'Mor Dionysius' by H.H. Mor Ignatius Ya`qub-III on 24th February 1974 at Damascus, Syria. He was entrusted with the charge of Angamali diocese, the largest of all the Syrian Orthodox dioceses which has a membership of more than half a million.

On Friday the 26th July 2002, His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka-I Iwas the Patriarch of Antioch & all the East, consecrated the 73-year old Mor Dionysius Thomas as the CATHOLICOS with the title 'BASELIOS THOMAS I' at a solemn function held at the St. Peter & St. Paul Cathedral in Mor Ephrem Monastery, Ma`arat Sayyidnaya, near Damascus.

In the Syrian Orthodox Church hierarchy, the Catholicos is second in rank to the supreme spiritual head, the Patriarch of Antioch.
     

His Eminence Mor Tithus Yeldho Thirumani (Archbishop)

Archbishop

Born on 22 July 1970 to Pathickal P M Kuriakose and Sosamma, His Grace belongs to the Perumbavur Bethel Suloko Church in the Angamali diocese, India.

At the age of 12, on October 28, 1982, H.E. Mor Titus Yeldho was ordained deacon by Mor Athanasius Paulose.

On September 26, 1998 he was ordained Ramban by His Holiness the Patriarch and on September 5, 1999 ordained as Priest.

His Holiness the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas ordained Very Rev. Ramban Yeldho Pathickal as the

Archbishop and Patriarchal Vicar of the Malankara Archdiocese in North America at the St.Peter and St.Paul Cathedral in the Monastery of St.Aphrem the Syrian, at Ma'arrat Seydnaya, Damascus, Syria.
     
Late lamented H.E Yesu Samuel Mor Athanasius
The first Archbishop of the Malankara Archdiosce
First Archbishop
     
Vicars:
Very Rev. Fr. Gheevarughese C. Thomas
       
Rev. Fr. Jerry Jacob, M.D, Associate Vicar
       
We are deeply indebted to Rev. Fr. Markose Chaluparambil 
Rev Fr Markose Chaluparambil


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