Indian Orthodox Church
Malankara Syrian Christian Association, the supreme parliament of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church, will meet at the Catholicate College grounds here on March 7, according to Kuriakose Mar Cleemis, Metropolitan of the Thumpamon diocese of the Church.
Addressing a press conference here on Monday, Mar Cleemis said the Malankara Syrian Christian Association was the largest ecclesiastical parliament and the forthcoming meet attained more significance since 2012 was also the centenary year of the establishment of the Catholicate.
He said the meeting would elect 129 members (43 priests and 86 laymen) to the managing committee, and elect new clergy trustee and lay trustee.
The meet would be the first one to be convened by the reigning Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan, Moran Mor Baselius Mar Thoma Paulose-II. The outgoing managing committee was elected at the association meet convened by the then Catholicos, Baselius Mar Thoma Didymus-I, at Parumala on March 21, 2007. The new managing committee will replace the present one that completes its tenure next year.
The previous Malankara Association meeting, convened by the Catholicos Emeritus Moran Mor Baselius Mar Thoma Didymus-I, was held at Sasthamcotta on February 17, 2010 to elect seven priests who were later elevated to the bishopricate.
Mar Cleemis said 4,000 association members from 33 dioceses of the church would attend the forthcoming meet.
Pandal work begins
Catholicos Baselius Mar Thoma Paulose-II inaugurated the work on the pandal at the Catholicate College grounds on Monday.
Mar Cleemis presided over the function. George Thomas, Church secretary; Fr Titus George, Rev. Thomas Johnson Corepiscopa, Fr. Varghese Mathew, Fr. Johnson Kallittathil, Babu Varghese, G. John and George Varghese Koppara, college principal, also spoke.
Mar Cleemis said the proclamation rally in connection with the meet wiykd set off from St. George Orthodox Church at Chandanappally to the meeting venue on March 5.