Holy Synod To Canonize Kurichi Bava, Mar Athanasius and Pampadi Thirumeni
The standing committee of the Holy Episcopal Synod of the Malankara Orthodox Church has begun the process to canonize Blessed Baselius Gee Varghese II (Kurichi Bava), Paulose Mar Athanasius and Kuriakose Mar Gregorios (Pampadi Thirumeni) here at Kottayam.
His Holiness Baselius Marthoma Mathews II presided over the meeting. After the meeting His Holiness announced the decision of canonizing these Church fathers in a near future after it's process is completed.
"Though the process of canonizing Blessed Paulose Mar Athanasius was began in early 2003,the standing committee now carefully examined the reports and added two more names to consider. Thus included Baselius Gee Varghese and Kuriakose Mar Gregorios' names for further process." said His Holiness.
His Holiness Baselius Gee Varghese II (Kurichi Bava)
Born on June 1874 at Kurichi Kallasseril family as the son of Ulahannan and Naithee. Punnose was early childhood his name. Consecrated as a priest on November 24, 1898 and Installed as a Ramban on November 27 by Parumala Thirumeni. In 1912 became a Metropolitan. On September8,1929 elevated to the Catholicos of the East. On December 26, 1934 became Malankara Metropolitan. In 1932 and 1951 consecrated 'mooron.' His Holiness consecrated 11 Metropolitans including the current Catholicos. On September3, 1963 received the sacrament of Holy Unction. On January 3, 1964 at 4.30am passed away to his heavenly abode. His tomb is beside the Catholicate Aramana Chapel at Devalokam.
His grace Paulose Mar Athanasius
Born on January 23, 1869 in Ernakulam district as the son of to 'Mathai’ of Ayyambillil Thekkekarayil family and ‘Kunjannam’ of Kuttikatt Painadath family of Nayathodu. Thirumeni grew up in the Painadath house at Akaparambu, as his mother being the only child of her parents had inherited the property. Hence most of the people recognize Thirumeni as one from the Kuttikatt Pynadathu family. At the age of 10 became a deacon. Consecrated as a priest on November 24, 1898 and Installed as a Ramban on November 27 by Parumala Thirumeni. On June 9, 1910 became a Metropolitan. On January 25, 1953 passed away to his heavenly abode. His tomb is at Alwaye Thrikkunnathu Seminary. Known for his saintly and prayerful life.
His Grace Kuriakose Mar Gregorios (Pampadi Thirumeni)
Born on April 5, 1885 as the son of Pampadi Pezhamattathu Chackochen and Elachi. From Paulose Paulose Mar Athanasius consecrated him as a deacon, Priest and Ramban. On February 16, 1929 consecrated as an Episcopa by Baselius Gee Varghese II and on June 1, 1934 elevated as a Metropolitan. On April 5,1965 on his birth day at the age of 80 he passed away to his heavenly abode. His tomb is at Pampadi Pothen Puram Dayara.
Many miracles are reported in the name of these Church fathers. Faithful who experienced miracles in the name of these Church fathers may report it to the Canonization committee, Devalokam Aramana, Kottayam -686038.