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Philip Jacob IIM – Ahmedabad Rank Holder

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VAYALATHALA: Philip Jacob of Thevarkattil from Vayalathala near Pathanamthitta has won the gold medal for the top scorer of the IIM-Ahmedabad. Philip Jacob is the first Keralite to make it to the top. “It was because of God’s blessings and hard work” Philip said on hearing the news of achieving the gold medal.

He has topped in the last four of the six semesters at the IIM. He will be presented the gold medal by IMF chief economist Raghuram Rajan at the convocation to be held in Ahmedabad on April 2.

Philip is the grand son of ( Late) Thevarkattil Philipose Kathanar and son of Fr.Jacob P.Philip (Catholicate Higher Secondary School principal, Pathanamthitta ) and P.Y.Kunjamma (professor, Catholicate College Pathanamthitta ). Philip has a younger sister, Princy Anu Jacob, who is currently doing her B.Tech in Model Engineering College, Ernakulam. Fr.Philipose P.Philip the diocesan secretary of Canada-Europe is Philip’s Father’s younger brother.

Philip would join Lehman Brothers, the leading investment bank based in the US, in July at its London office as a senior analyst with a pay package of $1.5 lakh a year. Thereafter he would move to the bank’s headquarters in New York in October 2005.

Philip said that he would like to come back to India after gaining experience and would set up a venture of his own.

Philip had written many articles on budget analysis in IIM and in leading business dailies while as a student of M.B.A in Ahmedabad.

“The students should have a positive mindset on their capabilities and try to understand the amount of opportunities that they have now rather than focus on getting medical or engineering seats” said Philip Jacob

After the completion of his schooling at Catholicate School in Pathanamthitta and the Navodaya School at Vechoochira, he took his B.Tech from the College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, with distinction.

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Dr.Issac Mathai Nooranal To Receive Award

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KOCHI: Dr.Issac Mathai Nooranal has been chosen to receive this year’s Dr.Samuel HANNEUMAN award of Rs.10,000. Dr. Issac Mathai is the Chairman and Managing and Medical Director of International Holistic Center at Bangalore. He is the son of late Rev.Fr.Mathai Nooranal, former Clergy Trustee of Malankara Orthodox Church and brother of Abraham Mathai Nooranal, IPS who is presently on assignment at UN in New York.

Kerala Homeo Scientific Forum Chairman Dr.T.N. Parameswara Kurup, Organizing Secretary Dr.PKBaby, Kottayam Municipal Councilor S. Jayakrishan were present in a press conference..

Dr. Issac is also the Chairman of Soukhya, an organization for international holistic Medical centers which has branches all over the world. His wife Suja is the Executive Director of the same organization.

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Four New Metropolitans To Malankara Church Consecrated Today

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PARUMALA: Malankara Orthodox Church is now blessed with four more Metropolitans today as the elect ones were consecrated as their new shepherds.

H. G. Dr. Gabriel Mar Gregorios, H. G. Dr. Zachariah Mar Theophilos, H. G. Augen Mar Dionysius and H. G. Dr. Yoohanon Mar Chrisostom are the four consecrated as Metropolitans at Parumala Seminary Church on Saturday March 5 2005.

The holy consecration ceremony was led the supreme head of the Church, His Holiness the Catholicos Baselius Marthoma Mathews II and assisted by the Catholicos elect H. B. Thomas Mar Thimothios, in the presence of 18 other Metropolitans, hundreds of clergies, tens of thousands of faithful at home and all over the world.

The Catholicos and other Metropolitans of the church first led the four Bishop-elects into the ‘Madbaha’ during the morning prayers.

After being initiated into the new ecclesiastic status by the Catholicos, the four Rambans knelt down in mediation facing the Holy Altar. In middle of the holy Eucharist, celebrated by His Holiness, the consecration ceremony began.

During the first phase, all the four Rambans sealed their divine contract affixing the signatures before the Chief celebrant His Holiness the Catholicos. The second phase saw them declared as new Metropolitans of the church. Then they were given the shepherd staff, seated in thrones attired in Metropolitan’s vestments and raised three times as per custom by saying ‘Oxios’.

After ‘Bas”malko’, H. G. Thomas Mar Athanasius, the Metropolitan of Kandanadu diocese delivered the Word of God regarding the ‘good shepherd’. At 2pm the consecration ceremony came to an end.

Later, in a public meeting to felicitate the newly ordained shepherds, Chief Minister of Kerala Mr. Oommen Chandy hoped the newly ordained bishops would serve the church and society alike positively. He said this while on inaugurating the public meeting held at the Church premises immediately after the consecration ceremony.

His Holiness the Catholicos Baselius Marthoma Mathews II presided over the public meeting. Among those who offered felicitations were Dr Marthoma Metropolitan H. G. Philipose Mar Chrisostom , Catholicos-Elect of Malankara Orthodox Church H. B. Thomas Mar Thimothios, H. G. Thomas Mar Athanasios, H. G. Dr Thomas Mar Makarios, and Sabha Secretary Dr Alexander Karackal.

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Bishops Consecration: The Count Down Is On

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PARUMALA: In a matter of hours, Malankara Orthodox Church will be blessed with four more bishops. As the elect ones will be consecrated at Parumala Seminary and elevated directly to the rank of Metropolitans by His Holiness Catholicos Baselius Mathews II, in the presence of all the Metropolitans, and hundreds of clergies, thousands of faithful at home and all over the world will watch with fervent prayers and await to receive the new shepherds.

Augen Ramban, Dr .K J Gabriel Ramban, Dr. Yoohanon Ramban, and Dr. Zachariah Ramban are the four elected to the new office at Parumala Association on June 10 2004. This election was ratified by the Holy Episcopal Synod of the church later on. After the ratification by the Holy Synod His Holiness had send out an encyclical vide No.23/2005 announcing the date and venue of the consecration.

Normally the bishop elects are consecrated as Episcopos and later on when they are assigned with a diocese, these Episcopos will be elevated to Metropolitans. But the Holy Episcopal Synod held on yesterday decided to consecrate them directly as Metropolitans.

All these bishop elects are been on meditation and fasting for so many days in preparation to the consecration.

“The new Bishops be capable of steering the church in such a turbulent period of time”“ wished HB Catholicos designate Thomas Mar Themothios in a message.

As the tradition goes, these Episcopos will eventually become Metropolitans as their appointment follows by the Sabha Managing committee.

His Grace Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios exhorted the faithful to pray for the new Bishops so that the future of the Church is safe in their hands in a renewed vision”

In a felicitation meeting that follows the consecration at Parumala Seminary, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will be the chief guest. His Holiness Baselius Marthoma Mathews II will preside over the function. Marthoma Metropolitan Dr. Chrisostem and Archbishop Joseph Mar Powathil of the Catholic Church are among other social, religious and cultural leaders, who felicitate the new bishops.

“Every consecration of Bishop is a mil stone in the history of the Church and the new Bishops as leaders have great responsibility and mission to carry on. The growth of Church does not necessarily mean the expansion of boundaries but being instrument to bring out peace and happiness to mankind at large” said in another message by His Grace Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios.

“Elaborate arrangements have been completed for this historical event”, said Dr. Alexander Karakkal, the Sabha Secretary.

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Four New Metropolitans for The Malankara Orthodox Church

PARUMALA: Malankara Orthodox Church is now blessed with four more Metropolitans today as the elect ones were consecrated as their new shepherds. Dr .K J Gabriel Mar Gregorios, Dr. Zachariah Mar Theophilos, Augen Mar Dionysius and Dr. Yoohanon Mar Chrisostom are the four consecrated as Metropolitans at Parumala Seminary Church on Saturday March 5 2005.

The holy consecration ceremony was led the supreme head of the Church, His Holiness the Catholicos Baselius Marthoma Mathews II and assisted by the Catholicos elect H.B. Thomas Mar Thimothios, in the presence of 18 other Metropolitans, hundreds of clergies, tens of thousands of faithful at home and all over the world.

The Catholicos and other Metropolitans of the church first led the four Bishop-elects into the ‘Madbaha’ during the morning prayers. After being initiated into the new ecclesiastic status by the Catholicos, the four ‘Rambans’ knelt down in mediation. In middle of the holy Eucharist, celebrated by His Holiness, the consecration ceremony began. During the first phase, all the four Rambans sealed their divine contract affixing the signatures. The second phase saw them declared as new Metropolitans of the church. Then they were given the shepherd staff, seated in thrones attired in Metropolitan’s vestments and raised three times as per custom by saying ‘Oxios’.

The Catholicos-designate, Thomas Mar Themotheos, Geevarghese Mar Osthatheus, Thomas Mar Makarios, Abraham Mar Savarios, Mathews Mar Epiphaenus, Thomas Mar Athanasius (Chengannur), Thomas Mar Athanseus (Kandanad), Geevarghese Mar Ivanios, Kuriakose Mar Cleemis, Mathews Mar Savarios, Zacharia Mar Anthonios, Geevarghese Mar Koorilos, Paulos Mar Pachomios, Yakoob Mar Ireneus and Zacharia Mar Nicholaos assisted the Cathoicos in the consecration ceremony.

Later, in a public meeting to felicitate the newly ordained shepherds, Chief Minister of Kerala Mr. Oommen Chandy hoped the newly ordained bishops would serve the church and society alike positively. He said this while on inaugurating the public meeting held at the Church premises immediately after the consecration ceremony. His Holiness the Catholicos Baselius Marthoma Mathews II presided over the public meeting. Among those who offered felicitations were Dr Marthoma Metropolitan Philipose Mar Chrisostom , Catholicos-Elect of Malankara Orthodox Church Thomas Mar Thimothios, Thomas Mar Athanasios, Dr Thomas Mar Makarios, and Sabha Secretary Dr Alexander Karackal.

Felicitatory Message
From Fr. K. G. Philipose ( Diocesan Secretary, America)

“Our Church has consecrated four new bishops at the Parumala Seminary Church. It gives me great honor and privilege representing the American Diocese to wish them well as distinguished spiritual leaders of our Church. Our Church is looking up to them with great hope. We desperately need their leadership and service. We, the members-at-large including the bishops need spiritual armor to retain the current members and bring in new ones to our Church. We truly have to focus on our youngsters with great potential and resources. It is high time to focus on ways and means of upholding the honor and dignity of our Church and stay away from political means distracting the mission of the Church. I hope that the new bishops will get in touch with our ordinary people and meet their spiritual needs strengthening our Church. We need unity within the Church and make peace with our brothers and sisters now under the spell of Patriarchal faction. This does not mean we accept their bishops and priests (while ordinary people and their church buildings remain with the Patriarchal side) alienating our own clergy; we have to make choices on a case by case basis distinguishing between shepherds and wolves. It is my hope and prayers that the newly consecrated bishops may uphold the honor and dignity of our Church continuing their accomplishments in the past. Let us pray for them that His name may be glorified. Long live Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church!”