The journey of Orthodox Christians from Malankara (Kerala) to the Gulf began with the development of the Gulf countries. Our parish traces its beginnings back to 1934 when Kuwait Oil Company started.
Our Parish in under the dioesce of Calcutta. St.Thomas Orhtodox Indian Orthodox Pazhayapally is located in Ahmadi, the oil rich area in Kuwait. Around 500 members were registered with Parish.
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Dioceses in the history of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, were formed for the first time in 1876 consequent to the Mulanthuruthy Synod. H.H.Patriarch Mar Peter III divided the Malankara Church into seven Dioceses. In 1938, Diocese for outside Kerala (Bahya Kerala Bhadrasanam) was formed and in 1976 the outside Kerala Diocese was divided into three, namely Bombay, Madras and Delhi dioceses as per the Catholicos Order No.58/76. The present Calcutta Diocese was included in Madras Diocese and late lamented Dr. Stephanos Mar Theodosius was the first Diocesan Metropolitan.
The area of Madras Diocese jurisdiction were the states of Andra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Parts of M.P. (East of Rewa, Jabalpur, Trunk Road), Tamil Nadu(excluding Coimbatore, Cunnoor, Gudalloor, Sherwani, Vaalpara, Mettupalayam, Erode and Tirupattoor), West Bengal, Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and outside India- Malasia and Singapore.
Re - Organisation in 1979
On 30th October 1978 the Managing Committee in its meeting decided to further reorganized the three outside Kerala Dioceses comprising Bombay, Delhi and Madras into Five in view of their big geographical structure. The Episcopal Synod also approved the proposed reorganisation. The newly formed dioceses are America, Calcutta and Trivandrum. These changes came into effect from 1stJanuary 1979 as per order dated 8th December 1978.
The area under the Jurisdiction of the Calcutta Diocese is as follows In India
States of Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Orissa, Tripura, West Bengal, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradhesh and Nagpur in Maharashtra.
Outside India :-Kuwait, Muscat and Salalah
As a result of the re-organisation of the outside Kerala dioceses, when the Calcutta Diocese was formed on 1st January 1979 H.G.Dr. Stephanos Mar Theodosius was made its Shepherd and Tirumeni continud to lead it from Glory to Gloryuntil he wascalled to the heavenly abode on 5th Nov. 2007 and H.H. Catholicose took the charge of the diocese and nominated H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos of Bombay diocese to assist Catholicose in the administration. H.G. Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius took over the Metropolitan of Calcutta Diocese on March 2009.
Re-Organisation in 2009
In2009 it was decided to further reorganize the outside Kerala Dioceses into Nine. The newly formed dioceses were Bangalore , Ahmedabad, Brahmavar and North East America and South west America, UK- Europe & Africa . The parishes and Institutions in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh and the Parishes in Muscat , Sohar and Salala in the Gulf Region were taken away from Calcutta Diocese and added to the newly formed Ahmedabad Diocese.
The Founder Metropolitan of the Diocese of Kolkatha
Childhood EducationHis Grace Dr.Stephanos Mar Theodosios, was born on 2nd October 1924 as the fifth son of Chacko Kurien and Mariamma of Kayalath family in Pathamootom, Kottayam. He obtained B.A from C.A. Jain College, Jabalpur, M.A from Mahakeshal University, Jabalpur, B.D from General Episcopal Seminary, New York and S.T.M from Konnett Berkeley Divinity School. He ordained as deacon in 1946 and in 1947 his priesthood from His Holiness Baselios Geevarghese II Catholicos of the East. Spiritual EvolutionThe Malankara Syrian Christian Association, which met on 2nd October 1974 at Niranam, elected him to the order of Episcopa. On 15th February 1975 Daniel Mar Philexinos made him Ramban. On 16th February 1975 he was elevated as Metropolitan Stephanos Mar TheodoMathews Mar Athanasios, the Diocesan Metropolitan of the Diocese of the outside Kerala (later H.H. The Catholicos Marthoma Mathews I) sius at Niranam. He was appointed as Diocesan head of Madras from 1976 to 1979 and as head of Calcutta Diocese in 1979. The Kolkatha Diocese was created in 1979. Dr. Stephanos Mar Theodosius is its first Metropolitan.
There are 40 Churches, 15 congregations, 31 priests, 2 deacons, 10 Seminarians. There are 15 Mission Centers functioning in the following places: Bhilai, Macodia, Bagdona, Bhopal, Devaz, Peethbur, Raj Nandagon, Raipur, Korba, Bokaro, Bhimapur, Jabalpur and Jagdalpur. Diocese has one College, 7Junior Colleges, 1 High School, 12 U.P Schools, 22 Balavadis for village students, 8 tailoring schools, 1 Typewriting Institute and 4 Hospitals. It also publishes a journal called 'The Light'. St. Thomas Ashram, Bhilai is the Metropolitan headquarters. D iocesan Area: Madhya Pradesh, Orisa, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Maharashtra (Nagpur side only), Kuwait and Oman St. Thomas Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Mission, Bhilai Founded on July 3, 1972. The first North Indian Mission of the Church established as a memorial to the blessed memory of the martyrdom of St. Thomas the apostle, the founder of our Church, after 19 centuries of that event. Mathews Mar Athanasios, the Diocesan Metropolitan of the Diocese of the outside Kerala (later H.H. The Catholicos Marthoma Mathews I) Director: Rev. Fr. K. K. Punnose (later, H. G. Dr. Stephanos Mar Theodosius of the Diocese of Calcutta)
The Mission center at Bhilai consists of:
1. St. Thomas Ashram
2. St. Thomas Convent
3. St. Thomas Blalagram
4. Diocesan Center
5. Bishop's House
6. Printing press (Traddle and Mini off-set)
7. Jeevan Jyothi Balawadi
8. Agricultural Farm
9. Dairy Farm
10. Fish Farm
11. Staff Quarters
12. Labor Quarters
15. Christian College of Engineering and Technology Complex
16. Men's Hostel
17. Women's Hostel Educational Institutions
1. M. P. Christian College of Engineering and Technology
2. St. Thomas College
3. M. G. M. Senior Secondary School, Bhilai
4. M. G. M. Higher Secondary School, Bokaro
5. M. G. M. Higher Secondary School, Rourkela
6. M. G. M. Higher Secondary School, Hathilal, Jabalpur
7. M. G. M. English Higher Secondary School, Korba
8. M. G. M. Hindi Higher Secondary School, Korba
9. M. G. M. High School, Dimapur, Nagaland
10. M. G. M. High School, Raipur
11. M. G. M. High School, Itarsi
12. M. G. M. Middle School, Bhopal
13. M. G. M. Middle School, Dewas
14. M. G. M. Middle School, Bagdona
15. M. G. M. Middle School, Indore
16. M. G. M. Middle School, Dhawakala
17. M. G. M. Primary School, Pithampur
18. M. G. M. Nursery , Nagpur
19. Mar Baselios Vidya Bhavan High School, Bhilai
20. St. Mary's Hindi Higher Secondary School, Jabalpur
21. St. Mary's English Higher Secondary School, Jabalpur
22. St. Mary's Nursery, BokaroVillage Mission
More than three-fourths of the Indian population live in villages. Mahatma Gandhi said, “To see India, one should go the Indian villages.” Even-after half a century of the Indian independence, villages have not made much improvement. Government of India is spending millions of rupees through the N.G.O. organizations for the development of the poor villages. Unfortunately very little portion of the funds go to the intended villages. The Christian churches and organizations especially the oldest church in India-The Malankara Orthodox Church could do tremendous voluntary services in this situation for the upliftment of the villages. With this intention, Bhilai mission started its village mission in 1984 at Makodia Village in Hoshangabad District of M. P.The follo wing are the activities of our Abhaya Nikethan Makkodia Mission: Health
• Regular health professional visits
• Working in partnership with Christian Medical Association of India (CMAI) and CARE INDIA
Literacy and Vocational Training
• Balawadi, Typewriting and Tailoring Institutes
• Primary education in rural Institutes
• Adult EducationEconomic Upliftment• Forming a women group (WG)
• Self Help Group (SHG)
• Goat Farming, Picklemaking Units, etc..
Networking with Government Organization and Broadcasting Ministry.Jabalpur Earthquake Relief WorkIn intensity Jabalpur earthquake was almost equal to the earthquake that occurred in Lathoor, Maha Rashtra. In Jabalpur death toll was comparatively less, but the destruction of houses and damage to the crops and animals were high. Bhilai Mission sponsored the rebuilding of one village and constructed sixty new houses. One community center, and a dispensary. Fr. Mathai Alakot, a member of the mission from Houston did a splendid job in this connection.St. Thomas Orthodox Theological SeminaryAs per the decision of the Holy Episcopal synod seminary started in 1995 at the Bhilai Mission center. After completing 4 years in Bhilai, the seminary has shifted to Nagpur in July 1999 as decided by the Holy Synod. Only one wing of the seminary building is completed and the construction work is still going on. As the future of the church in outside Kerala depends upon the new seminary the church has to consider in priority the completion of the construction of the seminary project. The co-operation and assistance of the members of the church in this respect is earnestly solicited. Prayers and assistance are requested from the church members and well wishes in the Herculean task of making the Malankara Sabha a Bharatha Sabha through the North Indian Mission and the new seminary providing true Christian good Samaritan service to the millions living below the poverty line in our country.
Address:St. Thomas AshramPost Box 24Kailas Nagar, Bhilai, DurgMadya Pradesh State, India
Phone: 011-91-788-381309 or 011-91-788-381949 Fax: 011-91-788-383266
EpilogueHis Grace Dr. Stephanos Mar Theodosius was called to eternal rest on 5 th November 2007 while he was in Muscat . His mortal remains were taken to India and entombed at the St. Thomas Ashram, Bhilai on 7 th November 2007.His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Metropolitan of the Mumbai diocese has been assigned the charge of Calcutta diocese by the Catholicose.
METROPOLITAN OF THE DIOCESE OF CULCUTTA
H.G. Dr.Joseph Mar Dionysius