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IOH Exit Poll 2010 Results and Episcopal Election Results: Vox Populi Vox Dei


Until 2010 it was only mouth to mouth opinions voiced by people a means to predict results for the Episcopal Election. Therefore people always suggested that this time five candidates or four candidates are going to get separate majority in the priests’ and laymen’s votes to become winners. There were no scientific methods to generalize or standardize these popular opinions to come to reliable conclusions. This was until Episcopal Election 2010.

It was for the first time in the history of Malankara Church that some agency conducted an Exit Poll towards the Episcopal Election to predict possible results. IOH had bravely ventured the Exit Poll 2010 to scientifically predict the seven winners. IOH had also taken important and serious measures to filter away all kinds of manipulations into the Exit Poll 2010 to the maximum possible extend as well.

Readers might have noticed that some of the candidates had their names in bold letters throughout the Exit poll 2010 and some names in normal letters. Those names that have appeared in bold letters indicated that these names have figured in those votes that have been cast for seven candidates together. Those that were not bold indicated that people voted for those candidates singularly.

It was not possible for a person to vote more than once from one IP Address. Happened that a person tried to vote a second time, the Exit Poll 2010 said to him/her that he/she had already voiced his/her opinion. This has contributed to the veracity of the Exit Poll 2010 tremendously.

962 people participated in the Exit Poll 2010 from all over the world, namely, from the Americas, from Arabian Gulf, from all over India, Oceania and so on. This indicates that the results have come from the true cross section of the Malankara Orthodox Church members from all over the globe. IOH sincerely thanks to all herewith, who have voiced their judgments.

Most important fact is that the results of Exit Poll 2010 reflected exactly in the Episcopal election results as well, except one or two candidates changing their positions in standings of majority. Fr. Dr. George Pulikkottil stood ahead of all candidates right from the beginning and he had the maximum votes with 65%, when the Exit Poll 2010 ended. Fr. V.M. James was predicted as the seventh candidate to qualify and exactly it happened too.

Finally one more observation. One candidate’s name was proposed to the Malankara Church Managing Committee by the Screening Committee after a lot of deliberations. Reason for these extra deliberations was that this candidate did not find favor in the eyes of the Principal, Orthodox Theological Seminary and so did it happen with the Chairman of the Screening committee too. Believable sources have confirmed this to the IOH.

The candidate, whom the Principal of Orthodox Theological Seminary in his confidential report deemed as ‘not fit to become a bishop’ has reaped the maximum number of votes in the Exit Poll 2010 as well as in the Episcopal Election at the Malankara Association 2010.

We need to see this result with caution though. At times God speaks through the leaders. At times, when the leadership reflects decay and needs correction, God speaks through the people. That is why genuine leaders have always respected the saying, ‘vox populi vox dei, namely voice of the people is the voice of God’! Results of Episcopal Election 2010 simply suggest that the Malankara Church Leadership needs somehow to rediscover the meaning of this old Latin saying.

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Malankara Association Concluded: Seven More Metropolitans to Malankara


SASTHAMKOTTA: Seven more Metropolitans to the Malankara Church. Malankara Association Members gave an over whelming and standing ovation with heaven breaking applause to seven Metropolitan elects, when the Malankara Metropolitan declared their names as winners of the Episcopal election 2010 at Mathews II Nagar (Mount Horeb Ashram), Sasthamkotta at 9.00 pm local time.

Some of the Association members, who were in an ecstatic mood, were literally elevating their loved candidates, who have been confirmed by their mother Church as befitting candidates to lead them deep into the 21st Century!

Fr. Dr. George Pulikkottil (714 – 1677) = 2391, Fr. Dr. John Mathews (769 – 1475) = 2244, Fr. Dr. Sabu Kuriakose (701 – 1536) = 2237, Fr. Yuhanon Ramban (599 – 1619) = 2218, Fr. Dr. Nathaniel Ramban (611 – 1510) = 2121, Fr. Dr. V. M. Abraham (544 – 1384) = 1928 and Fr. V. M. James (497 – 1184) = 1681 are the seven priests, who have won the Episcopal election.

When the Malankara Syrian Christian Association President, Malankara Metropolitan and Catholicose Baselios Didymos Marthoma I declared their names and invited them to the stage to garland and congratulate, children of the Malankara Church all around the globe had also approved their accord with pleasure.

The Association concluded with prayer and apostolic benediction by the Supreme Head of the Malankara Church, the Catholicos.

The home parishioners and loved ones of the Metropolitan elects from their respective dioceses received the Metropolitan elects with delight and have led them to their residences with motorcade accompaniment. On their way home prominent parishes of Malankara will also extend their joy and love to them by extending warm welcome.

“It is the second time in the history of Malankara Church that the desired number of candidates has been elected to the bishopricate. This reflects the depth of prayerful and saintly stature of His Holiness,” the priest trustee Fr. Dr. Jones Abraham Konatt said to IOH. He went on to reflect that the prayers and blessings of His Holiness’ predecessors, especially Baselios Marthoma Mathews II, whose mortal remains rests to the second coming of the Lord at the Association venue, have visibly reflected in the proceedings.
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Profiles of the Meropolitan elects

Fr. Dr. George Pulikkottil (42) BSc, GST, BD, M.Th, PhD
DOB: 17 May 1967
Member of St. Mathias South Cross Parish, Kunnamkulam. Parents: Late Mr. P. V. Pavu and Mrs. K. V. Anna, Present Address: STOTS, Nagpur, Post Doctoral Research Fellow. Diplomas in Sanskrit, Hebrew, Greek, Latin and German Languages. Priest since 1992 and served in different parishes under Dioceses of Kunnamkulam, Kottayam, Madras, UK Europe, and Canada and Diocese of America. Lecturer/Professor at OTS Kottayam & Nagpur since 1994. Served as Registrar of Divyabodhanam, Program Secretary of Sophia Centre – Centre for Inter-religious Dialogue and Cultural Studies, Resource Person for Oriental Studies, Associate Secretary of the Kerala Council of Churches, Member of the Association of Professors and Research Scholars in Germany for Study of Religions, since 2002. Authored more than 10 publications.

Fr. Dr. John Mathews (57) MRE., PhD.
DOB: 18 December 1952
Member of St. Thomas Cathedral, Kollam. Son of Samuel Mathews, Pulimoottil, Kollam. B.A. from Kerala University, M.R.E from America, Ph.D from Fordham University U.S.A, Serves as Professor of New Testament, Orthodox Seminary, Kottayam, Registrar of Divyabodhanam English Section, Secretary of Orthodox Vaidika Sanghom, Secretary of Inter- Church Relationship Committee of the Orthodox Church. Author of Gospel According to St. Mark – An Interpretation.

Fr. Dr. Sabu Kuriakose (43) B.Sc., BD., M.Th., D.Th.
DOB: 11 March 1966
Principal Secretary to H.H The Catholicose and working as Lecturer in the Dept. of Religion and Culture, OTS, Kottayam. Home Parish: Chungathara St. George, Malabar Diocese , Permanent Address:Tachiruparampil, Chungathara, P. O Malappuram Pastoral Work: Vicar- St. George Cathedral, Kozhikkodu, Asst. Vicar- Mar Gregorios, Salem, Asst. Vicar- St Thomas, Bangalore and St. Gregorios, Tumkur, Vicar- St. Gregorios, Nilambur,Vicar, St.Stephens, Karappurum, Vicar- St. Marys, Akampadam, Vicar, St. Marys, Shornur, Vicar, St. Thomas, Nattassery . Present Vicar of Thazhathangady Mar Baselios & Mar Gregorios

Fr. Yuhanon Ramban (47) MA., B.D., MTh.
DOB: 8 Oct 1962
Parents: (Late) Sri. P.Mathai and Thankamma Mathai,Nediyavilayil House, Pandalam, Superior of Holy Trinity Ashram, Ranni, Home Diocese: Chengannur, Home Parish :Kurampala St. Thomas, MA Sociology (Kerala), GST (OTS, Kottayam) B.D (Serampore), S.T.M (in Patristic Studies) from General Theological Seminary, New York, USA M. Th. (Spiritual Theology) Course completed from Indian Institute of Spirituality, Bangalore, Served the parishes in the Dioceses of Trivandrum (1987-92), America (1992-2003) and Madras (2006-07), Served as Secretary to: (Late) H.G. Geevarghese Mar Dioscorus (1981-’82 & 1988-’92) at Trivandrum and H.G.Mathews Mar Barnabas(1992-2003) at New York and as the Diocesan Office Secretary at New York. Attended various conferences of NCCA in 2000 and 2001 as delegate of the American Diocese. Member of NAMS since 1984. Author of the Book: Baptism Eucharist Ministry. Chief Editor: of “Diocesan Voice”, a quarterly publication of the American Diocese.

Fr.Dr.Nathanael Remban (57) BA., BD., M.Th., D.Th.
DOB: 10 February 1953
Superior of St. Paul’s Ashram, Puthuppady, Principal of St.Paul’s Mission Training Centre, Mavelikara, Son of M. George & Thankamma George, Thoppil, Vazhuvady Thazhakkara, Mavelikara, Parent Parish – Mar Baselios, Vazhuvady, Mavelikara, B.A. (Economics). M.A (Philosophy) Osmania University, BD, M.Th & D.Th (Serampore), Secretary, Orthodox Church Mission Society & Mission Board. Governing member of: St. Gregorios Balagram, Yacharam, St. George Balikagram, Pune, St. Paul’s Balagram, Ittarsi, Kalahandi Development Project., St. Gregorios Dayabhavan & Palliative Care Centre Kunigal, Bangalore, Mar Osthathios Sharing Trust. Written & Published 12 Books in the area of Theology, Philosophy & Spirituality. Published more than 30 research papers and 3 Thesis, Managing Editor – Doothan Tri Magazine

Fr. Dr. V. M. Abraham (40) BD., M.Th., D.Min.
DOB: 28 December 1969
Member: St. Basil Dayara, Pathanamthitta, Home: Vadutala, Mathoor, Pathanamthitta, Home Parish: St. George Valiya Palli, Thumpamon Erom. Education: B.Sc., M.G University, B.D., (Serampore) from OTS, Kottayam, M.Th., Dharmaram College, Bangalore, Pastoral Counseling, Elmhurst Hospital, Elmhurst, IL, Doctor of Ministry – Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL, General Secretary – MGOCSM since 2005, Sabha Managing Committee Member since 2006, Governing Board member Thadagam Ashram since 2005, Sabha Mission Board member since 2005, Mar Eusebius Memorial Project Director Board member since 2009,Kerala Council of Churches delegate since 2007, Director, St. Gregorios Shanthinilayam Counseling Center(1997-2000), Secretary to L/L HG Philipos Mar Eusebius (94-95). Parishes Served: St. Gregorios, Tumkur, Karnataka St. Mary’s, Thirumuttom, St. Basil Dayara Chapel, St George, Mukkaluman, Thumpamon, St. George, Angadical, St. Gregorios, Oak Park, IL, USA

Fr. V. M. James (56) GST., BD., M.Th.
DOB: 24 February 1953
Member of Budhannur St. Elias Orthodox Church, Chenganoor Diocese, Son of late T. K. Mathew, Budhanoor, M. A from Kerala University. B. D and M. Th from Serampore University, Served as Vicar St. Thomas Kollam, St.Gregorios, London., Higher Studies in Eastern Spirituality and Monasticism in England. Now Director of St. Basil Bible School and Orientation Centre, Sasthamkotta. Superior Mt. Horeb Ashram, Sasthamkotta. Member of Dr. C. T. Eapen Trust. Author of Pravachaka Sandesam in Divya Bodhanam Series.

Profiles prepared by Philip A. C

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Episcopal Election 2010: Malankara Association Today

Malankara Association venue: Baselios Mathews II Nagar -Sasthamkotta

SASTHAMKOTTA: (Feb.17 -7.30am IST) The Malankara Syrian Christian Association, the parliament of the Malankara Church, will be held today at Mount Horeb Ashram- Sasthamkotta at 12.30pm to elect 7 priests to episcopate.

11 priests have been short listed for election. Fr. Dr. George Pulikkottil, Fr. Dr. John Mathews, Fr. Dr. Nathaniel Ramban, Fr. V. M. James, Fr. Yuhanon Ramban, Elavukkattu Fr. Geevarghese Ramban, Fr. Skriah OIC, Fr. Dr. Sabu Kuriakose, Fr. M. K. Kurien, Fr. V. M. Abraham and Fr. J. Mathukutty are in the official panel of the Church presented by the Sabha Managing Committee.

The seven candidates will be elected through secret ballot. Metropolitans, priests, managing committee members and lay representatives will cast their votes in the election.

The registration will begin at 9am. Association members will have to verify themselves at 41 counters according to the dioceses set at the entrance of the Association Nagar from morning 9 am to 12 pm. After verification of Document of Legitimacy (Adhikara Pathram) the delegates will receive identity cards from respective counters. The members will have to submit their Adhikara Pathram at the counter and thereafter they will get the official leaflets on election procedure.

Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan Baselios Marthoma Didymos I will preside over the Association. It will begin with a prayer at the Mar Elia Chapel of Mount Horeb Ashram at 12.30 p.m. Thereafter the Malankara Metropolitan and other Metropolitans will proceed ceremoniously to the dais.

Around 4,000 delegates from across the globe, including those from America, Europe and African Continents, Gulf Countries, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia will participate in the Malankara Association 2010.

“A Five-Member Tribunal, chaired by the Catholicos-elect, Paulose Mar Milithios, would look into the complaints over the list of delegates for the association meeting”, Dr. George Joseph, the Association Secretary, said. Fr. K. A. Abraham, K. T. Chacko I.A.S, Adv. P. G. Jacob and Adv. K. K. Thomas are onboard as jury members of the ‘Tribunal’.

Polling booths will be arranged and counting of votes will be held immediately after the polling. Alexander Daniel IPS, the additional Director General of BSF is the returning officer for the Episcopal Election 2010.

Updates
9.00am IST : Registration started
11.00am IST : Lunch for the Association Members began
12.30pm IST : Procession began
1.00pm IST : Association meeting began with prayer
1.20pm IST: Fr.Bijesh Philip -Nagapur Seminary Delivering the devotional address.
2.15pm IST : Polling began
3.15pm IST : Polling Closed
3.30pm IST: Sorting of ballot paper began
4.00pm IST: Counting began

Total Voters registered
Clergy: 901
Laity: 2094
Minimum vote to pass
Clergy: 451+1
Laity: 1047+1


9.00pm IST : Election declared . 7 priests won

Name : Clergy vote : Laity vote : Total

1. Fr. George Pulikkottil (714 – 1677) = 2391
2. Fr. John Mathews (769 – 1475) = 2244
3. Fr. Sabu Kuriakose (701 – 1536) = 2237
4. Fr. Yuhanon Ramban (599 – 1619) = 2218
5. Fr. Nathaniel Ramban (611 – 1510) = 2121
6. Fr. V. M. Abraham (544 – 1384) = 1928
7. Fr. V. M. James (497 – 1184) = 1681

Congratulations to the Metropolitan Elects from the family of IOH!

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Episcopal Election 2010: Association Flame reaches the Destination


SASTHAMKOTTA: The 2010 Malankara Association Flame reached its destination Sasthamkotta Baselios Mathews II Nagar today at 5.30pm with only 1 day to go until the Episcopal Election and ignited at the Association Nagar marked the opening of the event.

The Association 2010 Flame was ignited today morning at 7am at Parumala Seminary after a brief prayer at the tomb of Saint Gregorios of Parumala. Metropolitans Paulose Mar Pachomios, Yuhanon Mar Chrysostomos, Mathews Mar Theodosius and Mathews Mar Epiphanios, Priest Trustee Fr. Dr. Jones Abraham Konatt, Association Secretary Dr. George Joseph, Manager of Parumala Seminary Fr. MD John Ramban, Assistant Managers Fr. K. V. Joseph Ramban and Fr. Simon Skaria, and Fr. Abey Philip were present at the occasion.

The flame traveled across Theo Bhavan, the Mavelikara Diocesan Centre and accepted receptions at the St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, Puthiyakaavu, Karippuzha, Muttam, Pallippadu, Danappady, Karthikappally, Cheppadu, Evur, Pathiyur, Kayamkulam, Kattanam, Vallikkunnam, Suranadu, Poruvazhi and Chakkuvallam, and reached Bharanikkavu at 5pm pm. The flame has been followed by hundreds of faithful including the dignitaries of the Church on many vehicles.

The flame was welcomed at Baranicavu with musical accompaniments by the community and taken out in a procession to the Association Nagar which was received by Paulose Mar Pachomios, Zachariah Mar Anthonios, Association Secretary Dr. George Joseph and Lay Trustee Muthoot M. George. Later on at the gate of the Association Nagar the flame was received the Catholicos Elect Paulose Mar Milithios.

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Bogus Voting Feared at Episcopal Election


SASTHAMKOTTA: IOH learns from trustworthy sources that there are chances of bogus voting at the Malankara Association at Mathews II Nagar, Sasthamkotta.

Identities of those representatives from American Dioceses, who have no chance to be present at the Mathews II Nagar, are planned to be forged and bogus persons will present themselves with these forged identities.

Any one, who comes from America will usually have their personal ID Cards like drivers license with them, which will have their photo, signature and address embedded in them. Officials at Sasthamkotta can verify their true identity using these means as well to prevent bogus voting.

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Association Torch Rally began From Parumala Seminary


PARUMALA: Association Torch Rally began at 7am today from Parumala Seminary. Metropolitan of the Mavelikkara Diocese Paulose Mar Pachomios lighted the Torch from the tomb of St. Gregorios of Parumala after Morning Prayers. Metropolitan of Idukki Diocese Mathews Mar Theodosius handed over the Torch to Fr. Jacob John, Diocesan Secretary of Mavelikkara Diocese.

Metropolitans Youhanon Mar Chrisostomos and Mathews Mar Epiphanios, Priest Trustee Fr. Dr. Jones Abraham Konattu, Association Secretary Dr. George Joseph, Manager of Parumala Seminary Fr. MD John Ramban, Assistant Managers Fr. K. V. Joseph Ramban and Fr. Simon Skaria, and Fr. Abey Philip were present at the occasion.

The Torch Rally will first reach Theo Bhavan, the Mavelikkara Diocesan Centre. It will proceed from there to accept receptions at the St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, Puthiyakaavu, Karippuzha, Muttam, Pallippadu, Danappady, Karthikappally, Cheppadu, Evur, Pathiyur, Kayamkulam, Kattanam, Vallikkunnam, Suranadu, Poruvazhi and Chakkuvallam, to reach Bharanikkavu at 3.30 pm.

The Torch will thereafter proceed to Mathews II Nagar with musical band accompaniments. The Malankara Metropolitan will receive the Torch at the Association venue to light the lamp, which will mark the official opening of Association.

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Malankara Association 2010 at Sasthamkotta to Meet Tomorrow Feb 17


SASTHAMKOTTA: The Malankara Syrian Christian Association, the parliament of the Orthodox Church, will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at Mount Horeb Ashram- Sasthamkotta.

Addressing media persons at Kollam on Saturday, Zacharia Mar Anthonios, Metropolitan of the Kollam Diocese, said that the main agenda of the meeting was to elect seven new Metropolitans for the Church.

11 priests have been short listed for election. Fr. Dr. George Pulikkottil, Fr. Dr. John Mathews, Fr. Dr. Nathaniel Ramban, Fr. V. M. James, Fr. Yuhanon Ramban, Elavukkattu Fr. Geevarghese Ramban, Fr. Skriah OIC, Fr. Dr. Sabu Kuriakose, Fr. M. K. Kurien, Fr. V. M. Abraham and Fr. J. Mathukutty are in the official panel of the Church presented by the Sabha Managing Committee.

The seven Metropolitans will be elected through secret ballot. Metropolitans, priests, managing committee members and lay representatives will cast their votes in the election.

The registration will begin at 9am. Association members will have to verify themselves at 41 counters according to the dioceses set at the entrance of the Association Nagar from morning 9 am to 12 pm. After verification of Document of Legitimacy (Adhikara Pathram) the delegates will receive identity cards from respective counters. The members will have to submit their Adhikara Pathram at the counter and thereafter they will get the official leaflets on election procedure.

Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan Baselios Marthoma Didymos I will preside over the Association. It will begin with a prayer at the Mar Elia Chapel of Mount Horeb Ashram at 12.30 p.m. Thereafter the Malankara Metropolitan and other Metropolitans will proceed ceremoniously to the dais.

Around 4,000 delegates from across the globe, including those from America, Europe and African Continents, Gulf Countries, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia will participate in the Malankara Association 2010.

“A Five-Member Tribunal, chaired by the Catholicos-elect, Paulose Mar Milithios, would look into the complaints over the list of delegates for the association meeting”, Dr. George Joseph, the Association Secretary, said. Fr. K. A. Abraham, K. T. Chacko I.A.S, Adv. P. G. Jacob and Adv. K. K. Thomas are onboard as jury members of the ‘Tribunal’.

“Those who will be elected to the episcopate of the Church on Wednesday will later on be consecrated as Episcopoi or Metropolitans”, Dr. George Joseph, further said.

Polling booths will be arranged and counting of votes will be held immediately after the polling. Alexander Daniel IPS, the additional Director General of BSF is the returning officer for the Episcopal Election 2010.

The Malankara Association is the body that elects members of the managing committee, bishops, the Catholicos and Malankara metropolitan. Malankara metropolitan is the president of the Malankara Syrian Christian Association.

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Episcopal Election 2010: Cartoonist Joy Kulanada


The final Holy Elimination round at Sasthamkotta live. This cartoon is published in the latest issue of Malankara Sabha Deepam

Post your captions at comments to release the tension of February 17, 2010
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Episcopal Election 2010: Catholicate Flag Hoisted at Association Nagar


SASTHAMKOTTA: Heralding the commencement of Malankara Association, Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Anthonios of Kollam hoisted the Catholicate flag at the Association Nagar – Sasthamkotta, brought from Mattanchery Church on Friday February 12, 2010 before a large crowd in the presence of Dr. Gabriel Mar Gregorios and Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius.

The flagpole on which the flag raised was brought from the historical place of Nazranees Thriruvithamkode half church. The flagpole rally was lead by the Metropolitan of Thirunvananthapuram Dr. Gabriel Mar Gregorios.

On the eve of February 12 the Flagpole rally reached Baranicavu from where it was brought in a ceremonial procession to the Association Nagar. At the gate of the Association Nagar, a rousing welcome was given to the flagpole rally with Special Band and Chendamelam. Hundreds of vehicles and thousands of faithful joined in the rally from Thiruviathamkode and Mattanchery.

Association Secretary – Dr. George Joseph, Priest Trustee – Fr. Dr. Johns Abraham Konatt, Fr. John Chacko, Fr. George Varghese, Ft. K. T. Varghese, Fr. Varghese. K, Fr. Jacob John, Fr. Baby Thomas, Fr. K.K. Thomas, Fr. P. J. Zachariah, Mathew Veerappally, Sabha managing Committee members-I. C. Cherian, Koshy Oommen, Prof. Y. Joy, Prof. Jose Koshy, Mathew Cherian, Samkutty, Abraham Mathew Veerappally and P.K. Rajan were the leaders of the event.

Sasthamkotta Association is the third Association convened by Malankara Metropolitan and Catholicos of the East Baselios Marthoma Didymos I. The previous Associations were held on September 21 & October 12, a2006 at t Parumala Seminary and September 11, 2008 at Pampakuda

On February 17 at 1pm the Association will begin to elect 7 priests to the episcopate of the Malankara Church..

Because of the separate minimum needed from the clergy and the laity to get elected, many observers believe that a maximum of 3 to 5 candidates only will survive the election.

Many of the priests and Association members are already in Kerala to attend the Malankara Association 2010. Others would be leaving tomorrow after service to join the historical event.

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Episcopal Election 2010: The Venue – Mount Horeb Ashram

The venue of the Malankara Syrian Christian Association 2010- Mount Horeb Ashram Chapel, Sasthamkotta

The Malankara Association 2010 will meet at Mount Horeb Ashram, Sasthamkotta on February 17, 2010 at 1pm to elect 7 priests to the episcopate.

Mount Horeb Ashram, a monastery of the Malankara Orthodox Church, was started in 1991 with the aim of social and educational activities, ascetic life training, spiritual confederations etc.

The vision of Fr. Dr. C. T. Eapen, Chavadiyil, Adoor, to form a brotherhood that would control the activities of ‘Dr. C. T. Eapen Trust’, initiated by him, was materialized by the Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Mathews II.

This Trust is spread in 65 acres of land in the banks of Sasthamkotta fresh water lake. In this land, a group of energetic, devoted, unmarried priests under the patronage of the Catholicos Baselios Mathews II, formed the Mount Horeb Ashram.

Here the ashram community engaged in bible classes, retreats and spiritual guidance programs. Presently, the Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Didymos I is the Managing Trustee.

Mar Theodosius Memorial Hospital owned by the diocese of Kollam is just 2 km. from the ashram.

Tomb of the Catholicos (Mar Baselios Marthoma Mathews II) of the Indian Orthodox Church is here in the Ashram.

At present, there are 7 members in the ashram. Fr. V. M. James is the superior and for the coming election he is one among the 11 official candidates of the Church.

The visiting Bishop is Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Anthonios (Metropolitan of Kollam Diocese), who is also the Manager of the educational institutions under the Trust.

The community is involved in various spiritual activities of the Church as well as in the management of the institutions under the Trust.

Following are the institutions of the Trust, managed by the ashram.

1.Dr. C. T. Eapen Memorial Higher Secondary School
2. St. Thomas Home for Boys
3. St. Basil Bible School and Orientation Center
4. Zarephath Family Orientation Centre
5. Bishop M.M.C.S.P.M High School
6. Baselios Mathews II College of Engineering

Contact Address:
Lake View, Muthupilakadu, Sasthamkotta, Kollam, Pin :- 690 520.

Phone: 0476 2830778

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