His Grace Paulose Mar Milithios Metropolitan, was unanimously elected successor to the Catholicose of the East and Malankara Metropolitan Baseliose Mar Thoma Didymos I on Thursday 12th of October 2006 at St. Gregorios Nagar, Parumala Seminary by the Malankara Syrian Christian Association, the 4,051-member church parliament of the Malankara Orthodox Church. The Episcopal Synod meeting held earlier at Theological Seminary, Kottayam had unanimously selected Paulose Mar Milithios, Bishop of Kunnamkulam diocese as candidate for the election of Catholicose designate with full support of the Synod and the Managing Committee.
When we hear of H.B. Paulose Mar Milithios, the first word, which comes to our mind, is 'Kunnamkulam'. A beautiful agricultural town is situated 22 Kilometers North to Thrissur. The Arabians, Greek, and Persians left their footprints on this land many years ago. The archeologists unearthed a collection of Old Roman Coins near this place, which was buried around BC 123 and AD 117. Kunnamkulam is a well developed rich and clean Christian town crescent with churches and situated on a hill top. A large number of refugees migrated to Kunnamkulam under the leadership of Rev. Father Pulikkottil Joseph Kathanar, Vicar of Arthatt Church. This group of people contributed a lot Kunnamkulam's development. The old famous business center, Pazhanji, lies north to Kunnamkulam ad now, Pazhanji is a center of Syrian Christians.
Mar Paulose Milithios is the third distinguished son
Kunnamkulam has gifted for the Malankara Orthodox Church. Pulikkottil Joseph
Mar Dianasius I, who established the Old Seminary, Kottayam in 1815 as a
permanent head quarters for the Malankara Metropolitan and an organized
theological training center for future clergies of the Church, was the first
gift of Kunnamakulam for the Malankara Orthodox Church. Pulikkottil Dianasius
II, who was a close associate of St. Gregorios of Parumala and the master-mind
for the Parumala Seminary,
Metropolitan was born on
August 30, 1946 as the second son of K.I. Iype-Kunjeetta of Kollannoor house,
Pazhanjy. His mother Kunjeetta belongs to Pulikkottil family. The child was
named as Paul after his grand father. Infant Paul was baptized in his mother
Church at Pazhanji. Paul grew up as a well matured, pious and dedicated boy and
become the apple of the eye of the villagers. He was a reserved boy who was not
much interested in play or enjoyments of other boys of his age. He had a
graceful appearance, which attracted by all who he came into contact. He attended Church services regularly and became an altar
boy at an young age. In 1963, he passed High School with high grade. Due to the
local necessity of priests Paulose Mar Savarios Metropolitan of Kollam Kochi
diocese could foresee the Call of God for His service in the young boy, Paul.
His uncle Iyyukkutty also had inspired him for the priestly services. The
affection bestowed by this Holy father encouraged Paul and inspired him for the
dedication of himself for Clerical services. Paul studied for BS (Physics) at
In 1972, Paul was ordained for the first stage of
deaconate in Parumala Seminary. He was ordained as a full deacon at Karatty
Seheyon Seminary. On June 2, 1973, Dn. Paul was ordained as a priest. Fr. Paul
celebrated the first Holy Qurbana at the
It was the fifth Catholicose Mar Basalios Marthoma Mathews I who could foresee the call of Fr. Paul to His episcopate and choose him as a candidate for the same. The Malankara Association held at Thiruvalla on Dec. 28, 1982 elected Fr. Paul to be elevated to the episcopate. On May 3, 1983 Fr. Paul was ordained as Ramban along with other elected Bishop candidates by then Catholicate designate H.B. Mathews Mar Coorilose Metropolitan and Ramban Paulose started living in Parumala seminary along with the co-Rambans for two years under the guidance of late H. G. Yuhanon Mar Savarios for learning the holy literatures, administration, traditions etc. of the church. By this time Ramban Paul became a famous retreat master. On May 15, 1985 Ramban Paul was ordained as a Bishop with title Paulose Mar Milithios at the age of 36 at Puthiyacavu St. Mary's Church by Basalios Mar Thoma Mathews I. He is the first Metropolitan after Parumala Thirumeni who was ordained Bishop below age of 40. Four other Bishops, Mathews Mar Epiphanios, Philpose Mar Eusabius, Geevarghese Mar Ivanios and Thomas Mar Athanisios were also ordained along with Mar Milithios.
new diocese for the Church, Kunnamkulam was formed on April 14, 1985. The newly
ordained Bishop Mar Milithios was appointed as the diocesan Metropolitan of the
newly formed diocese of Kunnamkulam. When he took over the charge on Aug 1,
1985, there was no diocesan head quarters or any Aramana. Initially the new Metropolitan
lived in an annexed room of
Whichever field Mar Milithios worked, he is trustworthy, enthusiastic, sincere and hardworking. Paulose Mar Milithiose Thirumeni is comparitively young of the age of sixty with a clear vision, strength and dynamism left in him for guiding and shepherding the Church. May God Shower His Choicest Blessings on him in abundance and keep him in good health. LOL as a whole and personally me wish all the best for Thirumeni and pray to God Almighty for all the blessings to Thirumeni from heaven.
MY FRIEND, MY TEACHER AND THE NEWLY ELECTED
SUPREME HEAD OF MY CHURCH
BY FR. JOHN THOMAS ALUMMOTTIL IN www.orthodoxherald.com
It is heart warming that a
new glorious light is overtaking and exterminating the dark clouds that were
enveloping our beloved Church recently. The Supreme Court Verdict of 1995 made
it clear that even if the Antiochean Patriarchs had made some claims of
supremacy over the church, it had vanished with the establishment of the
Catholicate. But the authority of the Catholicose Mar Thoma Mathews II was
questioned in the court. It was uphold by another Association of the Malankara
Orthodox Church that he was the unquestionable Catholicose of the Malankara
Orthodox Church. Still the dark clouds were over the Church. The authority of
his successor H.H. Baselius Mar Thoma Didymus I was also questioned in the
court. The court judgment reconfirming the authority of the Catholicose,
Didymus I has once and for all put an end to the darkness.The unanimous decision
of the Malankara Association to elect H.B.Paulose Mar Milithios as Catholicose
Elect brings new rays of hope to our church.
Philipose Mar Theophilus was the President of the M G O C S M for a long term,
until his demise in the year 1997. Thirumeni wished to retire from his diocesan
duties as well as M G O C S M at the age of 80. I was the General Secretary and
I informed to the Executive Committee. The committee convinced Thirumeni that it
was not wise to retire from the Ankamali Diocese as the court case was going
on. Also they requested him to continue in M G O C S M as long as Thirumeni was
in Ankamaly Diocese. Thirumeni then requested for a Metropolitan as his
assistant or the Vice President of the Movement. The committee suggested H.B.
Paulose Mar Militheos for vice president’s post as he was humble and young
among the bishops to deal with the students. The General Assembly of the
Movement unanimously approved this decision. He was the bishop vice president
for 3 years.
H.B. PAULOSE MAR MILITHIOS
AFTER BEING ELECTED AS CATHOLICATE DESIGNATE
TRANSLATED BY JOSE KURIAN PULIYERIL IN www.orthodoxherald.com
Mar Milithios, Catholicose Elect and Metropolitan of Kunnamkulam Diocese said,
until today HB had audience with God Almighty only. HB was not willing for an
audience so far, as most of the audiences are not sincere. They are aimed for
certain interests that might lead to controversies and unnecessary arguments.
Metropolitan expressed that HB will take up and meet what all are the
responsibilities and assignments, and they will be treated as the personal
vision in the new position.
When asked about H. B’s assessment about the position of the Catholicos Elect, it was remarked,
can see me as a cheap clay vessel. Though you all might see me in the new
position with so many attractions, I am quite sure about my own merits and
demerits. So I could submit myself before God Almighty as a cheap clay vessel.
I am not simply telling so. It is the fact. I am not sure why God has selected
this clay vessel to this position. This is my humble request to one and all
that you all must pray for me and to safeguard this clay vessel from damage.”
By remembering the past experience of being the Assistant to His Holiness, H.B
said “Everything went on smoothly so far by the Grace of God. I am confident
that the entire Church including the clergy and the laymen would join together
and speed up its progress to high levels. I am sure that the creative
co-operation of one and all will be beneficial for our missions and visions to
come true.” Thirumeni spoke about the place ‘Kunnamkulam’ where H.B was born
and bought up. “The Malankara Nazranis of Kunnamkulam had been so sincere,
honest and trustworthy in the past. The local Kings of Kochi have appreciated
this several times.” H.B is hopeful of the future of the