Diocese of Bombay
The St. Thomas Christians trace their origin from St. Thomas, one of the Apostles of Jesus Christ. India at the time of the Christ’s ministry was already famous for its ancient civilization, philosophy and culture. It is also had trade relations with the West Asian countries. When St. Thomas landed in Cranganore one of the important trade centre in the south India he was received kindly by the enlightened rulers with whose patronage he formed the nucleus of an indigenous church in the first century A.D.
However, this ancient church remained isolated without expansion to the others parts of the country. It was recently that the people of the Land of palms began their Gregorian pursuit to the various parts of India and abroad, especially Arabian Gulf. Bombay, a cosmopolitan Indian city described as the commercial capital of India, attracted many of the enterprising people who gradually came and settled down here. From humble beginning they grew in to a community of High, Social, Cultural and economic standing.
For this the Diocese owes a great debt to the late, lamented Alexios Mar Theodosius of Bethany Ashram Ranni Perunadu, Metropolitan of Quilon. Even though the parishes were not yet organized, Mar Theodosius was instrumental in starting the outside Kerala mission through, which he trained a group of, educated Priest and appointed them to important cities in India and outside. His Grace Mathews Mar Athanasius succeeded him as Metropolitan of the outside Kerala Diocese. After His Grace Thomas Mar Makarios was appointed as Bishop of Bombay Diocese (1976) which then included the Gulf countries Europe and America.
The Diocese of Bombay was carved out of the outside Kerala Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church in the year 1976. His grace Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios was the first Metropolitan with the headquarters at St. Mary’s Church, Dadar.
The Diocese made rapid strides during the tenure of His grace Late Lamented Dr. Philipose Mar Theophilus who took over from Mar Makarios who moved to then newly formed Diocese in the year 1979. Mar Theophilus initially established his headquarters near St. Gregorious Church, Chembur before moving out in the year 1988 to the present headquarters at the Orthodox Church centre, Vashi, Navi Mumbai.
The present Metropolitan His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos took over the reins of the Bombay Diocese spread over the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa a tail portion of Karnataka, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. In the year 2002, Mar Coorilos had the good fortune of serving along with Mar Theophilus as the assistant Metropolitan of the diocese from 1991 onwards. Today the Diocese had grown to be a giant among the rest of the Dioceses in many ways and more than 60 Churches, schools, clinics, hostels etc are efficiently managed by about 57 sincere and dedicated priests along with the lay representatives opportunely.
Metropolitans who Reigned over outside Kerala Diocese
H G Alexios Mar Theodosius (Bethany)
H G Mathews Mar Athanasius (HH Mathews 1st)
Metropolitans who Reigned over Bombay Diocese
H G Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios
H G Dr . Philipose Mar Theophilus
H G Geevarghese Mar Coorilose (Present)