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Mor Polycarpose Geevarghese Enters Eternal Rest

(Updated on 09 March 2011: 15:30 Hrs)




Mor Polycarpose Geevarghese Metropolitan laid to rest.


09 March 2011, Mangalore: In an atmosphere filled with emotional feelings of thousands of people assembled St. Antony's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Cathedral, Mangalore, the mortal remains of Mor Polycarpose Geevarghese Metropolitan was laid to rest today (09 March 2011) at 12.30 P.M. The late Metropolitan was the Senior Metropolitan of EAE & St. Antony's Mission (Honnavar Mission), of The Universal Syrian Orthodox Church.

 

 


 


The funeral service started at 9.00 AM. Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I led the service. At the end of the funeral service, the Catholicose Aboon Mor Baselious Thomas I labeled the body with Holy Oil (Zayto) and the assistant Metropolitan of EAE Mor Chrisostomos Markose and assistant Metropolitan of Honnavar Mission Mor Anthonios Yaqu`b covered the face with ‘shushefo’ veil. Syriac Orthodox metropolitans of the Malankara Church Mor Thimotheos Thomas, Mor Gregorios Joseph, Mor Dionysius Geevarghese, Mor Dioscorus Kuriakose, Mor Aphrem Mathews, Mor Osthatheos Pathros, Mor Chrisostomos Markose, Mor Ivanios Kuriakose, Mor Anthonious Yaqu'b, Mor Irenious Paulose, Mor Clemis Kuriakose, Mor Osthatheos Ishaq assisted Catholicose at the funeral service.

 

Condolence messages of His Holiness Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas and Archbishop of Aleppo His Eminence Mor Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim was read.

 


Thousands of people thronged the St. Antony's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Cathedral, on last two days to pay last respects to the departed father.

 

Metropolitan Dr. Geevarghese Mar Dionysius (Syro Malankara Church, Diocese of Puthur), Bishop Dr. Lawrence Mukkuzhy (Syro Malabar Church, Diocese of Belthangady), Archbishop Dr. Aloysius Paul D'souza (Catholic Church, Diocese of Mangalore), Bishop Dr. John S Sadananda (Church of South India, Diocese of Southern Karnataka) offered prayers at Cathedral on these days.

Earlier Ex Ministers of Kerala, Chev. Dr. T U Kuruvila & Janab T H Musthafa Haji, Shri. Saju Paul MLA, AICC Secretary Shri. Vinay Kumar Sorake Ex MP, Shri Ivan D`souza (Vice President, DCC Dakshina Kannada Dt), Shri P P Varghese (President, Block Congress Committee, Kadaba) paid their last tributes to the metropolitan.

 


We pray that His Grace may sit at the right hand of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and continue the intercession prayers for us, His Grace's Children in Christ.

 

 

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"Mor Polycarpus - A model Missionary in the field of our Lord": Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas

Condolence message from Holy Father


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"Mor Polycarpus was a great visionary who always cared to educate and empower underprivileged": Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I

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"As a metropolitan he did a lot of work for the glory and benefit of the church. He duplicated his work and mission.

Condolence message from Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim
Metropolitan of Aleppo
 


Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo
March 7, 2011

His Beatitude Mar Basilios Thomas I
Catholicos of the Jacobite Syriac Orthodox Church of India

With great sorrow, I received the sad news of the passing away of our dear Senior Metropolitan of Evangelistic Association of the East (EAE) and St. Antony's Mission (Honnavar Mission) Of Syriac Orthodox Church in India, Mor Polycarpus Geevarghese on March 06, 2011.

I came to know the late Mor Polycarpus since he was a Cor Episcopa, a hard worker, full with enthusiasm, and ready to sacrifice himself for the service of the church. I was very glad when he was elevated to the rank of Metropolitan. I even participated in that great ceremony. I met him later on in India, where I realized that as a metropolitan he did a lot of work for the glory and benefit of the church. He duplicated his work and mission. Hence, he was respected by everybody inside and outside our Holy Church.

Your Beatitude, may I extend my condolences to the Holy Church in India, to his small family, as well as the big family, which is the Evangelistic Association of the East (EAE) and St. Antony's Mission (Honnavar Mission) Of Syriac Orthodox Church in India.

I also present my sincere brotherly condolences to Your Beatitude and to all our dear Metropolitans in India.

I ask God grant him peace.
Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim
Metropolitan of Aleppo
Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese  


Funeral ceremony of Mor Polycarpose will be held on Wednesday 2.00 PM 


March 07, 10:00 AM - mortal remain of Mor Ploycarpose in the ambulance on the way to St. Antony's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox  Cathedral, Jeppu, Mangalore

 

07 March Mangalore: Funeral ceremony of Mor Polycarpose will be held on Wednesday 2.00 PM at St. Antony's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Cathedral, Jeppu, Mangalore. His Beatitude Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I will lead the funeral ceremonies. All metropolitans of Syriac Orthodox Church in India will attend. Mor Chrisostomose Markose & Mor Anthonios Yakoob are present there in the cathedral now. Lots of Priests, Nuns & faithful are flowing to Cathedral to have a last glimpse of their beloved father.

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06 March 2011: 21:30 Hrs, Iritty, Kannur: Mor Polycarpose Geevarghese - Senior Metropolitan of Evangelistic Association of the East ( EAE ) and St. Antony's Mission ( Honnavar Mission ) passed away at Amala Hospital. Iritty, Kannur at 9:00 PM today.

 

We express our condolences. May Aboon's soul be in paradise with our Saints

 

BIOGRAPHY

Born                              : 05 April 1933
Family Name              : Nadayil House, Chennithala,

                                         Mavelikkara, Pathanamthitta Dt,

                                         Kerala

Home Parish               :  St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox

                                         Horeb Church, Chennithala
Education                    :  BA (Hons), Mangalore University
Theological Studies   :  Malecruz Dayro, Puthencruz, Kerala
Korooyo                       :  1956 (Ordained by Mor Yulius Elias

                                         Qoro at Manjanikkara Dayaro)
Kassisso                       :  1957 (Ordained by Mor Yulius Elias

                                          Qoro at Manjanikkara Dayaro)
Cor Episcopa               :   1978 (Ordained by His Beatitude

                                          Catholicos Baselios Paulose II)
Rabban                          :  26 May 1990 (Ordained by Archbishop

                                          Mor Ivanios at Patriarchal Cathedral,

                                          Damascus)
Metropolitan                :  27 May 1990 (ordained by H.H.

                                          Patriarch Ignatius Zakka-I at Patriarchal

                                          Cathedral, Damascus)
Responsibilities Held :  Senior Metropolitan of EAE &

                                           Honnavar Mission

Passed Away on          :  06 March 2011

 

On May 27th 1990, Ramban was ordained as Metropolitan by His Holiness Mor Ignatius Zakka-I Iwas Patriarch and was given the name 'Polycarpus'.


Mor Polycarpus was born to Mr. Mathew Philipose and Mrs. Eliyamma in 1933 April 05 of Nadayil Mulanilkkunnathil Famil, Chennithala, near to Mavelikkara, Pathanamthitta District, Kerala State. St. George JSO Church, Chennithala was his home parish. Mor Polycarpus had his schooling at Eramathoor Ilavumood Primary School and NSS High School, Mannar. He completed SSLC in 1950. Though he joined Govt. Polytechnic, Mavelikkara to study Civil Engineering, he had an inner call to dedicate his life to Serve the church and dropped out of the college soon.This divine call brought him to the Evangelistic Association of the East (EAE) headquarters in Iringole, near to Perumbavoor in 1995. Since then he had been a part of EAE and served the organization and church in various capacities. He was ordained as Korooyo in the year 1956 by Late Lamented Mor Yulius Elias Qoro at Manjanikkara St. Ignatius Dayaro. Mor Yulius Elias ordained him as Kassisso in 1957 at Manjanikkara Dayaro. He started his pastoral service in Kozhichal and Kottamala parishes in 2 Kasarkod district (Kerala). During his tenure there until 1959, he established the churches at Pakanjikaad and Meenthulli.

In 1959, he was transferred to South Canara district of Karnataka which became his area of work for the next 50 years. Though, the area was very backward and there was enough temptations from the dissident faction of the Syriac Orthodox Church, his determination, strong will and unwavering faith and loyalty to the Holy Throne of Antioch pushed him through all the crisis. He started new congregations and established new churches throughout south Canara district. In 1962, he was invited to work for the St. Antony's Mission soceity ( Honnavar Mission) by the then Director of Honnavar Mission, V. Rev Kurikkal George Cor - Episcopa. In 1962, he shifted his residence to Honnavar in  North Canara district of Karnataka and was appointed as the Manager of the various educational institutions and Orphanages functioning under Honnavar Mission. During his stay in Honnavar, he completed his B.A(Hons) from Kamala Baliga College, Kumta, Mangalore University. During this time, he also became fluent in Hindi, Kannada, Konkani and Tulu. During this time he also had a small stint in Politics and functioned as the Uttara Kannada District Congress Committee (DCC) Vice - President until 1970. It was during his tenure as Manager that St. Antony's High School, Honnavar and St. Antony's High Shool, Udane. During his stay in Honnavar, he renovated the churches in Athyadi and Madyodi.

In 1978, as per the recommendation of the EAE Managing committee, he was elevated as Cor - Episcopa by Late Lamented Baselios Paulose II Catholicos. In 1978, he established St. George High School in Nellyadi which was later elevated as Junior College in 1985. During his stay in Honnavar, he brought children of the migrant Syrian Christian families from different parts of Karnataka and provided them education in Honnavar. In 1985, he was elected as the EAE Administrator. In 1986, when the then EAE Metropolitan Late lamented Dr. Mor Athanasius Paulose Kadvil DD, PhD, retired from all administrative responsibilities, he was elected unanimously as the Metropolitan - designate by the EAE Managing committee.

On May 26th 1990, he was tonsured as Ramban at the Patriarchal Cathedral by His Eminence Archbishop Mor Ivanios. On May 27th 1990, the new Ramban was ordained as Metropolitan by His Holiness Mor Ignatius Zakka-I Iwas Patriarch and was given the name 'Polycarpus'. The new metropolitan was also given the additional responsibility as Director of the Honnavar Mission. Since then until his demise on 6th March 2011, he has been leading his flock in EAE and Honnavar Mission.

Source: Malankara Syriac Voice

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