The tenth anniversary of the metropolitan consecration anniversary of our Archbishop His Eminence Yeldho Mor Theethos will be celebrated on January 4, 2014 at St. Mary’s Syriac Orthodox Church, Paramus, NJ. Mor Theethos was consecrated as bishop by the Patriarch of Antioch His Holiness Ignatious Zakka I on January 4, 2004 and enthroned as the bishop of the Malankara Archdiocese of North America on February 28, 2004. He will be completing ten years of service as the bishop of the diocese in a couple of months.
Under his eminent spiritual leadership the diocese has achieved many significant milestones in its organizational growth. He was instrumental in binding the churches and congregations of the Jacobite faith scattered across US and Canada. His attempts to initiate, implement and integrate the systematic functioning of churches and the diocese were remarkable. Despite several stumbling blocks, he was persistent in his faith, traditions and obligations to his master, the Almighty God. People remember him as a simple yet fully dedicated servant of God.
His visionary interventions in sustaining the second generation of Indo-American origin in Churches were extraordinary. He ordained many youths as deacons and were trained to be the youth leaders in local churches. His dream of a Malankara-American seminary is almost come true as the diocese has now purchased its headquarters in New Jersey.
He has extensive theological training from the premier orthodox theological centers like Malelcruz Dayara, MSOT Seminary, Kerala, St. Ephrem Patriarchal Seminary, Damascus, and from St. Vladimir’s Seminary, New York. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Theology at the Trinity Seminary, Newburgh. Moreover, he is a postgraduate in Mathematics, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and worked as a teacher of Mathematics in Kerala for a couple of years.
He started serving the holy altar at the age of nine years, and was ordained as a deacon at the age of 12 years by the Late Kadavil Paulose Mor Athanasios, Metropolitan of the Evangelical Association of the East. He travelled across the world and visited many monasteries for short-term studies. Some of the famous spiritual places he stayed are St. Gabriel Dayara, Turabdin, Kurkuma Dyara, Turkey, St. Mark’s Monastery, Jerusalem, St. Ephrem Monastery, Amsterdam, St. Jacob’s Monastery, Warburg-Germany and St. Eugin’s Monastery, Switzerland.
His wide spread social involvement includes serving as the President of SCMI (Student Christian Movement of India) in Union Christian College, Alwaye- Kerala, State Chairman of the University-YMCA in Kerala, and the State Vice-Chairman of YMCAs of Kerala. He also served as the Administrator of the St. George Simhasana Bethsaboro, Perumpally, Kerala from 1999 to 2001. He belongs to the famous Pathickal family in Perumbavoor.
The Archdiocesan council of the Malankara North American Diocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church has decided to celebrate the anniversary in an auspicious way with the participation of all the parishes.
Our church is also celebrating this even in a very special manner; the Board of Trustees have already decided to have Holy Qurbana at Church followed by a Special Meeting on January 4th 2014 to congratulate His Eminence, and to extend our support to all his endeavors for the development and prosperity of the diocese. Let’s join this celebration wholeheartedly to praise the Almighty God for giving us this wonderful spiritual leader.