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Condolence on the demise of H.G. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios Metropolitan (A senior Metropolitan of Malankara Orthodox Church)

Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios, senior bishop of Malankara Orthodox Church passed away at 8.30 pm on Thursday i.e.16th February 2012. He was 94.

He was born to Munduvelil family in Cherukole, Mavelikara in 1918 as the second son of late Kochitty and Mariamma. He studied up to the seventh standard at Salvation Army School, Cherukole and did his high school studies at St. John’s High School, Pathichira and B. H School, Mavelikara. He passed TTC from St. John’s Rural Basic Training School, Sasthamkotta and taught at Idayaranmula Free School and B. H. High School, and St. John’s School, Pathichira. He had his BD from Leonard Theological Seminary, Jabalpur and earned MA in Philosophy from Drew University, New Jersey, and STM from Union Theological Seminary, New York. The Catholicos ordained him as a priest in 1956. In 1975 he was consecrated as a Bishop and in 1976 he became the Metropolitan of Niranam Diocese. In 2005, His Grace took voluntary retirement from Diocesan responsibilities. His Grace leads a serene and fruitful life at MTC, Mavelikara, which he started in 1958 to train the missionaries of Malankara Church.

Metropolitan Osthathios was distinguished for his ecclesiastical ethos, his work ethic, dedication and sacrifice for the welfare of the humanity, adherence to the fundamentals of liturgical life, his commitment to the Orthodox Faith and the traditions of St. Thomas Heritage, his personality and God given charisma are not easily replaceable. Indian Orthodox Church owes an immense lot to his personality and spiritual leadership. He was a great gift from God to the Church. He was a shining beacon that lit so bright for 94 years is gone from the Malankara Orthodox Church horizon. May his great soul rest in the heavenly abode.

 

From

Vicar, Rev. Fr. Koshy Alex, Managing Committee Members & all Church Members

St. Stephen’s Orthodox Church, Thane

17th February 2012

 

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