H.H. Moran Mar Baselios Mar Thoma Mathews III
Catholicos of The East and Malankara Metropolitan
His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Mathews III is the present Primate of Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Syrian Church bearing the titles "Catholicos of the East" and "Malankara Metropolitan".
Mathews was born on 12 February 1949 to Cherian Anthrayos of Mattathil family in Vazhoor. He graduated in Chemistry from the Kerala University and pursued his theological education at the Orthodox Theological Seminary in Kottayam and the Serampore College Calcutta. He procured his Masters degree from Leningrad Theological Seminary and Doctorate in Oriental Theology from the Pontifical Oriental Institute at Rome, where he specialized in the Christology of Philoxenos of Mabbug of the West Syriac tradition.
He was ordained as a deacon in 1976 and then as a priest in 1978 by Baselios Mathews I. On 30 April 1991 he was consecrated to the order of Episcopos and became Metropolitan of the Diocese of Kandanad West in 1994 as well as the Assistant Metropolitan of the Diocese of Idukki since 2019.
Mathews III has been a faculty member of the Orthodox Theological Seminary Kottayam since 1984 where he taught Christology. He has authored several scholarly books and articles in the field of Theology such as 'Word Became Flesh: The Christology of Philoxenos of Mabbug' (LIT Verlag Münster) and 'Begotten, Not Made' (MOC Publications). He has served as the Executive Secretary to the Holy Episcopal Synod. He has also instituted several charitable projects under the Mar Pachomios Charitable Society such as Pratheeksha Bhavan, Prasanthi Bhavan, Prathyasa Bhavan, Pradanam Centre, Pramodam Project, Prasannam Bhavan, Prakasam Institute of Special Education and Prathibha Products.
The Holy Episcopal synod held at Devalokam Aramana nominated him as the successor to the Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan on 16 September 2021 succeeding Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, who was called to the heavenly abode in July 2021. He was enthroned as the 22nd Malankara Metropolitan during the Malankara Association that took place on 14 October 2021 at St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, Parumala and installed as the 9th Catholicos on the Apostolic Throne of Saint Thomas on 15 October 2021 by the Holy Synod of Malankara Church.
H.H. Baselios Marthoma Mathews III,
Devalokam P.O, Kottayam
Tel: +91 481 2578499 / +91 481 2578500
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