Mar Coorilos was born on 7 October 1949 at Kollad, near Kottayam, to Mr PK Kurian and Mrs Mary Kurian of the Puliyeril family. After his schooling, young George had his pre-degree studies at CMS College Kottayam. He took his bachelors in arts from the Calicut University and MA from Sree Venkateshwara University. He did his BD from Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam, and got post-graduate diploma in Pastoral Theology from Heythrop College London University and post-graduate diploma in Theology and Mission from Urban Theology Unit, Shefield, UK.
He was ordained a sub-deacon in 1970 and a deacon in 1974 by Catholicos HH Baselios Mathews I. Dn George became a priest in 1975 and served as Vicar, St Gregorios Church, London. He is known for his works among students and thus was serving the MGOCSM as general secretary for almost a decade. This paved way for Fr George to visit many foreign countries.
He was elected to the Episcopal rank in 1989 and thus became a monk in 1990 and was subsequently ordained in 1991. Soon, he was appointed as the Assistant Metropolitan, Mumbai Dioceses, and worked steadfast with late Dr Philipose Mar Theophilus for the progress of the Mumbai Diocese.
His Grace has held many positions in the church and other Christian societies. He had attended many international conferences and interacted with many communities such as NCCI, CASA, WCC, and CMAI.
Gregorian Community. The dream of His Grace Mar Coorilos Metropolitan is taking shape with the establishment of the Gregorian Community-at Roha, about 120 kms from Mumbai. The vision is to create a caring, sharing, and loving community of individuals rooted in the love of God and having a zest for serving its neighbors. The motto of the community is worship, study and service. It is indeed a religious community to work under the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, the Patron being the Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan, the Supreme Head of the Orthodox Syrian Church in India.
The community is named after St. Gregorios of Parumala. About 77 acres if land has already been purchase at Roha and project work and infrastructure are under progress. A Community Chapel is constructed on the Gregorian Hill and temporary structures are made to accommodate people. An Old Age Home, A Primary School and Special School for the Mentally Challenged has been started.The Gregorian Community stands to promote value system by treating everyone made in the image of God helping and serving to build up the community and rejuvenating the talents and strengths in each individual It nurtures facilities for families to come together, serve each other irrespective of age, sex, caste, or creed. The Community wants to usher in spiritual awakening among professionals and also to foster inter religious dialogue thereby further tolerance and communal harmony.
On behalf of Diocese of Bombay, we are wishing our beloved Thirumeni a blessed Happy Birthday. May the Almighty God bless and Strengthen our Thirumeni, to guide us in the green pastures and in the true faith of our Church. Many Many Happy Returns of the Day Our Beloved Thirumeni.
I am very happy to inform you that, www.bombayorthodoxdiocese.org the official website of Diocese of Bombay has completed its first year. It was launched on the occasion of the memorial feasts of Mar Alwares Mar Julius and Dr. Philipose Mar Theophilus of blessed memories, on October 2,2014, by H.G.Dr.Yuhanon Mar Dioscorus, Metropolitan of Madras, in the presence of H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Diocesan Metropolitan. This website launched with an intention to cope with the current trends and to enhance communication and interaction with the faithful.
The website has portals for :-
- History of the Church
- Diocesion Directory_ information of BODC, Office bearers, List of Institutions, Charity Activities
- List of Parishes and history, Spiritual Organizations.
- Priests and their biodata.
- Diocesan and Church news.
- Learn Orthodoxy
- Orthodox Matrimony
- Prayer cell.
I am very happy to inform you that within one year this site visited more than 105000 people. I am taking this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to our Diocesan Metropolitan H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, for his wholehearted support and all the clergy of the Diocese, and special thanks to Benson Samuel, the web admin and to all the readers and supporters of this website for your encouragement.Look forward for your cooperation.
കേരള സർക്കാർ നീതി പൂർവ്വം പെരുമാറുക .കേരളത്തിൽ തദേശ സ്വയം ഭരണ തിരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പ് നവംബർ 2, 5 തിയതിൽ ആണെന്നും അറിയുന്നു. എന്നാൽ കേരളത്തിലെ ബഹുപൂരിപക്ഷം വരുന്ന ആളുകളിൽ ഈ തിയതി പ്രഖ്യാപനം കടുത്ത പ്രതിക്ഷേതത്തിനു കാരണമാക്കിയിട്ടുണ്ട്.
ഭാരതത്തിന്റെ വിശുദ്ധൻ എന്ന് ലോകം ഒക്കെ പുകൾപെറ്റ പരി പരുമല കൊച്ചുതിരുമേനിയുടെ ഓർമ്മപെരുന്നളിന്റെ പ്രധാന ദിവസം മാണ് നവംബർ 2 .പരി. പിതാവ് കാലം ചെയ്തത് അന്നാണ് .ഇതു കേവലം ഒരു വിഭാഗതിന്റെയോ , അല്ലങ്കിൽ മലങ്കര ഓർത്തഡോൿസ് സുറിയാനി സഭയുടെയോ മാത്രം വിഷയമോ, പ്രയാസമോ അല്ല … പരി. പിതാവു മലങ്കര ഓർത്തഡോൿസ് സുറിയാനി സഭയുടെ മാത്രം സ്വത്തും അല്ല ..മറിച്ചു ആ പുണ്യവാന്റെ മദ്ധ്യസ്ഥതയിൽ അഭയം പ്രാപിക്കുന്ന നാനാജാതി മതസ്ഥരായ എല്ലാവരുടെയും സ്വത്താണ്..അതിൽ ജാതി മതഭേതമില്ല .അതുകൊണ്ട് ഇതു ഒരു സമുദായത്തിന്റെ മാത്രം വിഷയമല്ല, കേരളത്തിലെ ജനങ്ങളുടെ മുഴുവൻ ആവിശ്യമാണ്.അതുകൊണ്ട് ഇതു ഒരു നിസാര വിഷയമായി തള്ളികളയാൻ കേരള സർക്കാർ ശ്രമിക്കരുത് . പരുമലയിലേക്ക് തീർഥാടകർ ദിവസങ്ങൾക്ക് മുമ്പ്തന്നെ വിദൂരങ്ങളിൽ വരുന്നതാണ്. പെരുന്നാൾ നവംബർ 2 , നാല് മണിയോട് മാത്രമേ പൂർത്തികരിക്കയുള്ളൂ .അതുകൊണ്ടുതന്നെ പരുമലയിൽ വരുന്ന ഭക്ത ജനങ്ങൾക്ക് കൃത്യ സമയത്ത് ബൂത്തിൽ എത്തി വോട്ട് രേഖപെടുത്താൻ പ്രായോഗികമായ ബുദ്ധിമുട്ട് ഉണ്ട്. .. ഈ ഇലക്ഷൻ തിയതി പ്രഖ്യാപനം ആ ഭക്തന്മാരെ അവഹേളിക്കുന്ന തരത്തിലുള്ളതാണ് . തന്നെയുമല്ല പരുമല പെരുനാൾ ഒരു നാടിന്റെ ആഘോഷമാണ് …ഒരു നാടിനെ തന്നെ മറന്നു കേരളം പോലുള്ള ഒരു സംസ്ഥാനത്ത് ഇതു നടപ്പാക്കാം എന്ന് കരുതിയത് തികച്ചും പ്രതിഷേധാർഹം ആണ് , അപലയനീയമാണ് . കേരള സർക്കാർ ഈ കാര്യത്തിൽ പുലര്ത്തുന്ന നിസംഗത മനോഭാവം വളരെ ഗൗരവ്വതോടെയാണ് കേരള ജനത മുഴുവൻ നോക്കി കാണുന്നത് . നിരുത്തരവാദപരമായ ഈ നടപടിയിൽ ശക്തമായ പ്രതിഷേധം അറിയിക്കുന്നു .
ഈ തിയതി പ്രഖ്യാപനത്തിൽ ഉടൻതന്നെ ഒരു പുനർപരിശോധന നടത്തി ജനങ്ങളുടെ ആശങ്ക അകറ്റുംഎന്ന് പ്രതിക്ഷിക്കുന്നു. ഇക്കാര്യത്തിൽ കേരള സർക്കാർ നീതി പൂർവമായ തീരുമാനം കൈകൊള്ളുമ്മെന്ന് ഞങ്ങൾ പ്രതീക്ഷിക്കുന്നു.ഇല്ലായെങ്കിൽ നവംബർ രണ്ടാം തീയതിയിലെ തിരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പ് ബഹിഷ്ക്കരിക്കാൻ മലങ്കര സഭ മക്കൾ നിർബന്ധിതർ ആവും എന്ന് കേരള സർക്കാരിനെ അറിയിക്കുന്നു.
Diocese of Bombay celebrated the Feast of blessed memories Alwaries Mar Julius of Goa and Feast of Dr.Philipose Mar Theophilus
Diocese of Bombay celebrated the 92ndFeast of blessed memories Alwaries Mar Julius of Goa and 18thFeast of Dr.Philipose Mar Theophilus at Vashi Aramana in a befitting manner on 1st and 2ndof October, 2015.Perunal celebrations and devotional address led by His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Diocesan Metropolitan and H.G Mathews Mar Theodosious of Idukki Diocese. There was evening prayer on October 1st, 7.p.m and followed by devotional address by H.G.Mathews Mar Theodious. On October 2nd morning prayer started at 7.30 a.m and Holy Qurbana at 8.30 a.m, followed by procession, Public Meeting and Love Feast. A priest meeting conducted in the afternoon.
A new initiative Christened ‘Bibliano Music’ was launched by H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos on this occasion. Bibliano Music is essentially a platform to promote gospel music. You could access content that has been made available at no cost. The website address is www.biblianomusic.com
An Article Compiled by: Rincy Raju, Ahemedbad
28th September – Remembering our Valiya Thirumeni- His Grace Dr Philipose Mar Theophilus Metropolitan of blessed memory (Diocese of Bombay : 1979-1997).His Grace Dr Philipose Mar Theophilus Metropolitan of blessed memory, the Ambassador of the Malankara Orthodox Church, reserves a special place in the hearts of those who are/were associated with MGOCSM.
Born in 1911 as the sixth son of Korah and Mariamma of Kallupurakkal, Puthanangadi, Kottayam ; he pursued his education from Indian and International universities. Became as a deacon in 1929 and was anointed as a priest in 1944. He was consecrated as a Metropolitan on 24th August 1966 by His Holiness Baselios Augen I Catholicose of blessed memory and was appointed to shepherd the diocese of Angamaly (Kerala). In 1979, he took over the charge of Diocese of Mumbai too.
His Grace Zacharias Mar Theophilus Metropolitan (Malabar Diocese) in one of his sermons fondly remembered that when His Grace Philipose Mar Theophilus Thirumeni was chosen as Bishop, Thirumeni had said “my name is Philipose which means lover of horse and now God has elevated me to be Theophilus which means lover of God.”
Establishing contacts with sister Orthodox Churches, working towards the ecumenical movement, ministering the youngsters through MGOCSM, Mar Theophilus was truly the global envoy of the Indian Orthodox Church and a bishop loved by one and all. He also had served as the Principal of the Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam.
Below is an excerpt of an article written by none other than the Gregory of India- His Grace Dr Paulos Mar Gregorios of blessed memory (on the occasion of Theophilus Thirumeni’s 75th birthday):
‘A Tribute to my Elder Brother’- Dr. Paulose Mar Gregorius Metropolitan
Many people abroad have asked me: “Is Mar Theophilos your brother?”. I usually reply: “yes, he is my elder brother.” Some people take me literally. Then I tell them that all Orthodox bishops are my brothers. People are often surprised that Theophilos Thirumeni and I are not really blood brothers. They say that we look like brothers.
Theophilos Thirumeni is my elder brother in at least three ways. First of all as a bishop senior to me.
Secondly, when I first came back from my studies in America in 1954, more than thirty years ago, I was a layman, while Fr. K. Philipos was already a priest. Philipos Achen became a kind of spiritual mentor and pastor to Mr. Paul Verghese. Achen was at Cheriaapally those days, and I was at the Alwaye Fellowship House.
We worked together on many projects of importance to our Church and to the ecumenical movement. Achen’s deep loyalty to our Church and his genuine ecumenical spirit made a great impression on me, and I developed an affection and respect for Philipos Achen who became an elder brother for me from that time.
Thirdly, I am grateful to Theophilos Thirumeni as my elder brother in the building of our Church’s relations with other Churches. He was particularly a pioneer in building up our relationships with the churches of Eastern Europe, with the Serbian Church, the Russian Orthodox Church, with the Romanian Orthodox Church and with the Bulgarian Orthodox Church he built up very good friendly relations. The old leaders of these Churches still speak with great appreciation of the person of Fr. Korah Philipos. It was on the foundation that he had built, that I was in turn able to develop relationships of a somewhat different kind.
He was also my elder brother in the World Council of Churches; he served on the central Committee of the World Council of Churches during the period when I was working as Associate General Secretary in Geneva and right up to 1968 when I had replaced him. I was never able to win as many friends for our Church as he was during his period on the Central Committee.
His personality is so much more affable and friendly than mine can ever be. Besides I have often been outspoken to the point of rudeness, and instead of winning friends have probably alienated many people. So in this sense too Theophilos Thirumeni had done a great service to our Church by winning many friends.”
O Theophilus Thirumeni- the lover of God, keep us, your spiritual children, in your prayers when you supplicate unceasingly before the Lord Almighty!
“May those feet that cleanly trod,
Keeping pure Thy holy place,
Tread the courts of paradise,
And with angels ever abide.” (Liturgical hymn commemorating the departed clergy)
Reference: Compiled from various sources; the article of His Grace Paulos Mar Gregorios Thirumeni of blessed memory referenced from ‘Philipose Mar Theophilose- Jeevitham, Darsanam, Anubhavam’; Edited by- Paul Manalil, May 2011, Published by MGOCSM Bookshop and Publishing House, Kottayam.
(Snaps from Vashi Aramana (Bishop’s House- Diocese of Bombay) showcasing the life and times, articles, vestments of Thirumeni)
MGOCSM Annual Conference 2015 of the Diocese of Bombay is decided to be held on November 10th – 14th at Sacred Heart School, Kalyan. The Theme for the Conference will be “Experiencing and Witnessing the Incarnate God“. Our beloved thirumeni H.G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos will be heading the conference.
The Preparations are in great swing as will be evident from the hustle and bustle across social media. Let’s all look forward to a blessed and fun filled experience at the conference, no stones are being left unturned to ensure that this conference will be a memorable one for all the delegates.
The online registrations for the conference will be commencing from Sunday, September 27, 2015 after the Holy Qurbana. The registration forms can be accessed from this link. –> Bombay MGOCSM Annual Conference Registration
Diocese of Bombay Celebrating the feasts of Mar Alwaries Julies and Mar Philipose Theophilus on Oct 1st and 2nd
Diocese of Bombay is celebrating the 92nd Feast of blessed memories Alwaries Mar Julius of Goa and 18th Feast of Dr.Philipose Mar Theophilus at Vashi Aramana in a befitting manner on 1st and 2nd of October, 2015.Perunal celebrations and devotional address will be led by His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Diocesan Metropolitan and H.G Mathews Mar Theodosious of Idukki Diocese. There will be evening prayer on October 1st, 7.p.m and followed by devotional address by H.G.Mathews Mar Theodious. On October 2nd morning prayer will be start at 7.30 a.m and Holy Qurbana at 8.30 a.m, followed by procession, Public Meeting and Love Feast.
H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos in his Kalpana No. 45/2015, requested to all the Priests and Faithful of the diocese, to come for perunal celebrations with proper piety and devotion.