1914 - '96

 

 

             His Beatitude Catholicos Mor Baselious Paulose II was born on June 12, 1914 as the second son of Vicar of Cherai St. Mary's church, 'Kasheesho' Puthussery Joseph and Elizabeth (Eeralil family, N. Parur).  He was christened Paulose (official name was P J Paulose).  Kasheesho Joseph, who was an eminent Syriac scholar, served as a 'Malphono' (teacher) at Kottayam Old Seminary and M.D. Seminary, and was also the editor of 'Malankara Edavaka Deepthi'.   P.J. Paulose completed his secondary education at Cherai Ramavarma High School.   After completing college education at Kottayam CMS College and Alwaye Union Christian College, Paulose joined the Manjinikkara Mor Ignatius Dayro.   His education in Syriac was begun early in his childhood under the tutelage of his father and Kasheesho Vellakunnathu Mathai.   At Manjinikkara Dayro, Paulose continued his Syriac studies under Rabban Abdul 'Ahad (later Patriarch Yakub III). 

In 1934, Mor Yulius Elias, the delegate of the Patriarch to Malankara, ordained Paulose as Deacon at Kottayam Valiapally.   In 1938, Mor Yulius ordained him as a priest at Manjinikkara Dayro.  Fr.Paulose served as the Vicar of churches in Ceylon, Madras, Bramhavar (Karnataka), Trivandrum, Parathode and Ponkunnam.   Later he became secretary to Mor Yulius Elias and was entrusted with the charge of Manjinikkara Dayro.

Kassisso  Paulose

 

Ordination as the Metropolitan

On 25th April 1952, delegates of Kandanad diocese selected Kasheesho P J Paulose to succeed Mor Athanasios Paulose (Alwaye Valiya Thirumeni), who by then had relinquished his additional duties as the metropolitan of Kandanad diocese due to illness.  Patriarch Aphrem I ordained 'Kasheesho' Paulose as METROPOLITAN with the name 'MOR PHILIXENOUS' on 19th October 1952 at Homs, Syria.   On 12th January 1953, Mor Philoxenus Paulose assumed responsibilities as Metropolitan of Kandanad from Mor Athanasius Paulose at Alwaye Thrikkunnathu Seminary.  A few days later on 26th January 1953, Malankara Metropolitan Mor Athanasius Paulose died and was entombed at Thrikkunnathu Seminary Chapel.  Later Mor Philoxenous was entrusted with the additional responsibilities of Kottayam and Kollam dioceses.  

 

Mor Philixenous (middle) on his arrival
 in Malankara after his ordination as Metropolitan
Mor Philixenous Paulose with his parents,
Kashisho Joseph  &   Elizabeth

 

In 1960 and in 1965, Mor Philixenous visited the Holy Land.

Peace in Malankara Church

The situation that existed in Malankara Church in those times was very complex. The internal squabbles divided the Malankara Church vertically.   One section of people, mainly concentrated in South Kerala, tried to defy the age-old relationship the Church in Malankara had been cherishing with the Holy Apostolic See of Antioch.    Wattasseril Mor Dionysius and Fr.P T Geevargheese (later Mar Ivanious, the founder father of Syro-Malankara Church under Rome) were the leaders of this faction that was known 'Methran faction'.   From the very start of the split,  many peace negotiations were in progress to reunite the Church.   Patriarch Ignatius Elias III who came to India on such a mission died here and was interred at the Majanikkara Dayro.  Though he paved way for reunification by revoking the excommunication of Wattasseril Thirumeni, the mission didn't bear fruit completely because of the sudden demise of His Holiness in February 1932.   Negotiations again continued, but became successful only after two decades with the mutual acceptance of the Patriarch & the Catholicose on 16th December 1958.  But the problems didn't end with this.  The Catholicose in his letter of acceptance,  on the last minute added a clause that he accepted the Patriarch "subject to the constitution of Malankara Church" (a constitution formulated by the Methran faction in 1934).  This was contrary to the understanding reached earlier and was a real shock for the peace loving people of Malankara.  Anyhow the Patriarch tried his best to pacify the Malankara Jacobite Syrian community, hoping that a complete peace and harmony would become a reality in near future in the Malankara Church.  But the Methran faction leadership who by then got the upper-hand, tried to sideline the Syrian Orthodox faithful.  Instead of creating a peaceful atmosphere, they acted with vengeance against the supporters of the Patriarch.  

As the peace that was re-established in 1958 was only superficial in nature, the problems continued.   Philixenous Thirumeni's leadership to the desperate sheep during this turmoil in the Church between 1958 and 64 is most memorable.  In his capacity as the metropolitan of Kandanad diocese, Mor Philixenous along with Elias Mor Yulious Bava, led a crusade for safeguarding the true faith of the Syrian Church.  

During the Patriarchal Day celebrations in Kottayam held on 22nd February 1961, popularly known as the 'Kottayam convention', lakhs of faithful declared their unclenched support to the Metropolitan Mor Philixenous in his fight to uphold the Malankara-Antiochean relationship.  His tireless efforts in that period culminated in the visit of Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Yakub III to India in 1964 and the enthronement of Mor Augen Thimothious as Catholicos of the East by His Holiness.  Thus 'Mar Baselious Augen I' became the first canonically ordained Catholicos of the East from India.

The period 1964 to 70 was almost calm in the life of Mor Philixenous.  But the unity in the Malankara church was not destined to last long.  The claims for an autocephalous free national Church and the throne of St.Thomas were put forward by the erstwhile Methran faction of Malankara Church.  They had the open support of the then, local Church leadership.  These developments along with the anti-Antiochean statements of the Catholicos and few others created a grave situation in the Church.  The Church administration in 1973 influenced the Government of India to cancel the visa of Mor Aphrem Aboodi Metropolitan, the delegate of the Patriarch who was then residing in the Majanikkara Dayro.   Once again, the faithful had only one figure to look at, that of Bava Thirumeni for guidance and leadership.  He ably led the flocks and instigated confidence among them.  Later on the request of Malankara Church, new Metropolitans were ordained.   Their graces Dr.Paulose Mor Athansius (Kadavil), Mor Geevarghese Gregorious (Parappallil), Mor Dionysius Thomas (Cheruvallil - Catholicose Baselious Thomas I), Mor Koorilose Kuriakose (Poothiote), Mor Osthathious Thomas and Mor Yulios Yakub were the bishops ordained by His Holiness Ignatius Yakub III, the Patriarch of Antioch. 

 

Ordination as the Catholicos of the East

Mor Philixenous Thirumeni's self-sacrificing services, in spite of bitter experiences from the local Church leadership, to uphold the Apostolic faith of the Syrian Church already made him very popular among the faithful.  They considered him as their saviour.  Seeing the uprising under the leadership of Philixenous Thirumeni, the Malankara Church leadership tried their maximum to consolidate their position, even by alienating a large section of people who strongly stood for the continuation of Holy Apostolic faith.   As the spiritual supreme of the Universal Syrian Church, the Patriarch of Antioch & all the East tried the best to pacify both groups, but the continued unilateral moves of the Catholicos and his faction finally forced the Patriarch to excommunicate Catholicose Mor Augen I.  Following this, the church delegates meeting held at 'Thuruthusseri', choose Mor Philixenous as their Malankara Metropolitan.  Later the Metropolitans unanimously elected Mor Philixenous Paulose for the highest dignity of the 'Catholicos of the East', within the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church.

Thus, as per the wishes of the countless faithful in India, the Patriarch His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Yakub III consecrated Mor Philixenous Paulose as MOR BASELIOUS PAULOSE II, CATHOLICOS OF THE EAST on 7th September 1975 at the Patriarchal Cathedral at Damascus. ('Paulose I' was 'Maphrian of the East' in the 8th century).  Thus he assumed the responsibility as the HEAD OF THE HOLY SYNOD IN INDIA.   On the auspicious occasion of the consecration, Their Graces Mor Dionysius George, Mor Athansius Paulose of Beirut, Mor Severious Hawa, Mor Thimothious Aprem Aboodi and the elite of Syria and a huge congregation were present.  Following the consecration, the Holy Universal Synod was held at Patriarchal Cathedral under His Holiness Ignatius Yakub III and appointed Metropolitans for the dioceses in Malankara in consultation with the new Catholicose and with due regards to the requests of the clergy and laity.

Patriarch His Holiness Ignatius Yakub III

His Beatitude Mor Baselious Paulose II, on his return to Malankara was accorded grand reception in Kuwait and in Bombay.  The unprecedented reception at Muvattupuzha testified to the world, how loyal and obedient are the members of the Malankara Church to a Catholicos, validly consecrated by the Patriarch.  The 'Susthathikon' was publicly read and 'Oxios' befitting the Catholicos was sung.  Many still recall the events and also the memorable speech by Bava on the occasion.   Since then, His Beatitude worked tirelessly to rejuvenate the Church which had been deprived of many of its churches and institutions. 

 

Metropolitans ordained by Catholicos Mor Baselious Paulose II

During his tenure as the Catholicos of the East, His Beatitude Mor Baselious Paulose II ordained six bishops and many priests for the Malankara church.   On 26th Dec 1975, Catholicose Mor Paulose II ordained Fr. Samuel of Charuvilayil family of Vakayar, as Metropolitan 'Mor Philixenous Samuel' for the Malabar diocese at Thuruthissery Church. 

Later, on 19th April 1979 the Catholicose ordained three more Metropolitans, Mor Thimothious Yakub, Mor Theophilos Thomas and Mor Ivanious Philipose, at the St. Simon's church Velloor (Kottayam).  The other Metropolitans ordained by His Beatitude are  'Mor Philixenous Yuhanon' on 12th Sep 1985, 'Mor Athanasius Thomas' on 3rd July 1990 and 'Mor Thimothious Thomas' on 3rd Jan 1991.  (Unfortunately Mor Athanasius Thomas  later defected the Holy Church against the wishes of our Bava Thirumeni and the faithful.  Consequently the Church was forced to excommunicate Mor Athanasius.)

 

Visit to the Patriarchal Cathedral in 1978

In June 1978, His Beatitude the Catholicos once again visited and paid respects to the Patriarch His Holiness Mor Ignatius Yakub III, staying at the Damascus Cathedral, for two weeks.  It was during this visit, the unique Dignity of 'Malankara Malpan' was awarded to Very Rev. Kurien Kaniamparambil Corepiscopa by the Patriarch.  It was the first of its kind awarded to a priest of Malankara by a Patriarch.   The moment of the departure of the His Beatitude from the Patriarchal Palace had been extremely touching - as if His Holiness the Patriarch had a premonition that it would be his last adieu to his dearly beloved Catholicos !   On his return, His Beatitude also visited the parishes of Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Dubai and was given warm reception at all those places. 

 

Visit to U.S.A and Canada

In response to the fraternal invitation from H.E.Mor Samuel Athanasius Archbishop of U.S.A and Canada, His Beatitude the Catholicos visited the States in 1979.  His Beatitude was well received by the clergy and the laity.  Grand reception was accorded to the Catholicos in the St.Mark's Syrian Orthodox Cathedral in New Jersy by the Scholar Rev.Fr. Jiohn Meno and other elite of the States.  The Catholicose was honoured by H.E. the Archbishop in the Archdiocesan convention held at Rhodes Island.  H.E The Governor, members of Congress and Senate, City Mayor and others received His Beatitude and His Excellency.  The extensive tour of the Catholicose in almost all the states helped to enhance the prestige of the Malankara Church.

 

Heavenly Abode of Patriarch Mor Ignatius Yakub III and election of a new Patriarch

On 26th June 1980, Patriarch of Antioch Mor Ignatius Yakub III who consecrated Mor Baselious Paulose II as the Catholicos of the East, left for his heavenly abode. He was one of the most brilliant, intelligent, far sighted, able and peace-loving Patriarchs reigned on the Throne of St.Peter at Antioch.  He had been an authority on par with the Scholar Patriarch Michael Rabo, and the versatile genius Mor Gregorious Bar Hebraeus.  His unbounded scholarship in the History, Doctrines and canons of the Church, was unequalled, and his researches in every branch of ecclesiastical literature were really wonderful.  He might be regarded as the first Patriarch who imprinted the stamp, the name and fame of the Syrian Orthodox Church in Europe and the States, and throughout the entire Christendom.  His Holiness loved the Malankara church and did sacrifice himself for its peace and glory under the age-old historical and filial submission to the Holy See of Antioch.  Unfortunately, those who could not understand the greatness of the Holy Father, split the Malankara Church.

As per the instruction given by His Beatitude The Catholicose through his encyclical 41/80, the whole Church mourned for their much venerated Holy Father and held a massive condolence meeting of the whole Church at Kottayam under the president-ship of The Catholicose. 

On 11th July 1980, the Universal Synod of the Syrian Orthodox Church assembled at the Patriarchate, Damascus under the president-ship of His Beatitude Mor Baselious Paulose II Catholicose of the East to elect Patriarch, the successor of St.Peter on the Throne of Antioch -  a historical occasion after centuries when a Maphrian (Catholicose) of the East, and the first of its kind, a Catholicose of the East from Malankara, the daughter of the Holy See, presiding over the Universal Synod to elect Patriarch of Antioch and all the East.  In addition to all the Metropolitans from the Middle East, from Europe and the U S A; and Mor Clemis Abraham, who had been at the Patriarchate, Mor Theophilious Thomas and Mor Ivanioius Philipose who had accompanied H.B. the Catholicos, attended the Synod.

After the Holy Qurbono, the Metropolitans submitted their votes one by one in chalice placed on the Main Altar, and praised the Lord; H B the Catholicose proclaimed that Archbishop Mor Sevarious Zakka Iwas was elected unanimously as the successor of St. Peter on the Throne of Antioch.

His Beatitude The Catholicose officially announcing the name of the new Patriarch

 

Consecration of the Patriarch of Antioch

On September 14, 1980, His Beatitude made history by consecrating Mor Severius Zakka, Archbishop of Baghdad, as the Patriarch of Antioch & all the East; THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME IN THE LONG HISTORY OF THE PATRIARCHATE OF ANTIOCH THAT A CATHOLICOSE FROM MALANKARA OFFICIATED IN THE ENTHRONEMENT OF A PATRIARCH.  (Click here for the Speech made by His Beatitude at the Enthronement Ceremony of the Patriarch of Antioch & all the East on September 14, 1980).  

Besides His Beatitude, the Malankara Church was represented by Their Graces, Metropolitans (Arch-Bishops) Mor Clemis Abraham, Mor Gregorious Geevargheese, Mor Dionysius Thomas, Mor Ivanious Philipose and Mor Theophilos Thomas.  About a 100 odd faithful from all parts of Kerala (India), were also witnesses to the historic event.    

 

His Beatitude Mor Baselious Paulose II, Catholicos of the East leading the enthronement ceremony of
 the Patriarch of Antioch & all the East, H.H. Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas
 on Sep 14, 1980 at the St.George Cathedral, Damascus, Syria

 

 

Catholicose Mor Baselious Paulose II proceeding to the Patriarchal Cathedral , 
accompanied by other Metropolitans, for the enthronement ceremony of our Patriarch

 

The Universal Synod of 1981

In November 1981, an historical Synod was held at the Patriarchal Cathedral, Damascus, to consider the drafts formulated for Church administration.   Very.Rev.Dr Kurien Corepiscopa Kaniamaparambil was the convener of the 'draft committee' .   The Hoy Synod that started on 17th November was presided by His Holiness and attended by Mor Baselious Paulose II, Catholicose of the East and 17 other Metropolitans.  The special session ended on 24th November, taking important decisions for the glory of God's name and for the peaceful progress of the Holy Church.   

 

Holy Apostolic Visit of the Patriarch of Antioch in 1982

In February 1982, His Beatitude the Catholicos of the East had the privilege to welcome the Supreme Spiritual  head of the Syrian Orthodox Christians, the Patriarch of Antioch & all the East, Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, in Malankara.  His Holiness was the sixth Patriarch of Antioch who had visited this land.  His Beatitude accompanied the Patriarch during the two month period of the Holy Apostolic visit.  It became a great event in the history of Malankara Church.  In February, a massive Patriarchal day rally followed by a public meeting in which a large gathering assembled, was held at Cochin.  His Beatitude the Catholicos made the welcome speech at this meeting.   The Catholicose also had the rare privilege to assist the Patriarch during the consecration of the 'Holy Muroon' (Chrism) at the famous St.Mary's Church Manarcad.  This was the third time the 'Holy Muroon' consecrated in Malankara.

 

Visit to Vatican & the historical signing of Agreement

In June 1984, as part of the historical signing of agreement regarding the Christological controversies that had erupted between the Syrian Church & the Roman Church in the early centuries, Catholicos Mor Baselious Paulose II visited Vatican together with the supreme head of the Holy Church, His Holiness Ignatius Zakka I Iwas.   On 23rd June 1984, the historical Joint Communiqué between the two most ancient Churches of Apostolic traditions, was signed, represented by H.H. The Pope & H.H. The Patriarch.  According to this declaration the Christological controversy which had led to the alienation of the two Churches has been laid to rest for good.  (Later in November 1993, the Joint Theological Commission of the Roman Catholic and the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Churches drafted an agreement on inter-church marriages, known today as the "Kerala Agreement".   This was approved by Pope John Paul II and Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I and released on January 25, 1994.)

A Gift to the Pope from His Beatitude the Catholicos of the East

 

His Holiness the Patriarch  &  His Beatitude attending a Holy Mass by the Pope John Paul II

{Source: - "The Quest for unity" by D. Babu Paul}

From Rome, the delegation proceeded to Vienna, the capital of Austria, where His Holiness was accorded State and Ecclesiastical receptions.  The President of Austria & Lord Mayor of Vienna accorded warm welcome to the Church dignitaries. Here,  H.H The Patriarch was awarded the title of 'Protector of Pro Oriente'.  They later left for Brussels (Capital of Belgium) where the Syrian Orthodox Diaspora welcomed the delegation which included representatives from India.  From Belgium the delegation moved to Ensehede (Holland), the Head quarters of the Arch-diocese of central Europe.   Here St.Aphrem's Monastery, located on the Dutch side of the German border and spread over a vast expanse of nearly fifty acres of Land, was consecrated on 7th July 1984. This most solemn function was attended by the Syrian Orthodox people from Europe - numbering about 15000.  His Beatitude The Catholicose of the East, Metropolitans from United States, Sweden, Turkey and the Middle East and Cardinals, Archbishops and bishops from other denominations, too were present. 

 

St. Ephrem's Dayro from one corner of the campus (December 9, 1995), 
Source:  http://sor.cua.edu/

 

 

After completing the visits successfully,  His Beatitude returned to Kerala in July 1984.  The Malankara Church accorded a warm reception to their Chief Prelate.

 

Foundation of the Theological Seminary

A great desire of our Catholicos was fulfilled with the founding of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Seminary at Udayagiri near Mulunthuruthy.  Earlier the theological institute for clergy in the North, functioned at Malecuriz Dayro.   Understanding the difficulties, it was our Bava Thirumeni who suggested & initiated the starting of a new centre for the theological education, which until then functioned in various Monasteries that had only limited resources.  

Consequently, His Beatitude Mor Baselious Paulose II laid the foundation stone for the Udayagiri Seminary on 1st January 1986, on the plot of land bought by His Beatitude at Vettickal, adjacent to the famous St.Thomas Church Mulunthuruthy.   It was a life long wish and vision of Bava Thirumeni that was accomplished with this consecration.  This seminary is a jewel in the crown of achievements of this great accomplisher.  The land measuring about 5 1/2 acres was purchased by him with the money he raised from the Malankara diocese of the Church in America, leadership was given by Bava Thirumeni himself to build this institution.  Metropolitan Mor Thimotheos Thomas, the chief of the Theological Seminary recall that every time Bava visited the seminary, he used to shed tears of joy, to see that his dreams had come true.   The first block of the seminary was inaugurated on 1st January 1990 by Bava Thirumeni and Very Rev. Adai Jacob Corepiscopa was appointed the principal.

 

Bava laying the foundation stone for the Theological Seminary at Udayagiri

 

Inclusions of the name of our Holy Fathers in 'TUBDEN' (Diptych)

On 22nd August 1987,  the Holy Episcopal Synod of Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church convened by the Catholicose Mor Baselius Paulose II, requested the Supreme Spiritual head the Patriarch of Antioch & all the East,  to allow the  names of 'Patriarch Mor Ignatius Elias III',  'Maphriyono Mor Baselious Yeldho' and 'Mor Gregorius of Malankara', to be recited in the 5th 'TUBDEN' (Dipytch) along with the Holy Fathers of the Church.    Until then, all the Holy fathers whose names were remembered in the 5th 'TUBDEN', were of the pre-7th century.  

On 20th December 1987, through the historical  Apostolic Bull No. E 265/87, the Patriarch of Antioch, H.H. Moran Mor Ignatious Zakka I Iwas  permitted to include the name of these Holy Fathers in the Fifth diptych ('TUBDEN') of 'Holy Qurbono'.  The Patriarchal declaration regarding this was first read in the  Mulunthuruthy MarThoman Church. 

 

M.J.S.S.A  and  other institutions under the Patronship of Bava Thirumeni

The Sunday School Association of the Malankara Church (M J S S A) established by late lamented Malanakara Metropolitan Mor Athanasius Paulose (Valiya Thirumeni) is a movement that grew under the leadership of Bava Thirumeni.  Mor Dionysious Thomas, Mor Philixinous Samuel and Mor Koorilose Kuriakose functioned as the President of M J S S A during different periods under Bava Thirumeni.   The foundation stone for the central office of M J S S A at Puthencuriz was laid by Bava on 30th April 1977.  It is in the two storied building constructed here, the central office of Sunday School Association, book depot etc is located.   'Atmadeepam' periodical, published by the association is printed from the press located in this building.  In order to cherish the revered memory of the beloved Bava Thirumeni, the Charitable Fund started by Association, has been named "Mor Baselious Paulose II Charitable Fund" recently.  A large painting of His Beatitude has been unveiled in the Association conference hall in connection with the observation of his first 'Dhukrono' (death anniversery).

'The Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Youth Association' is another organization that was initiated under the special interest of late Catholicose.  Besides these, he had worked a lot for the development of many of the educational institutions; the Mar Athnasius College of Arts & Science and M.A College of Engineering at Kothamangalam, the St.Peter's College at Kolencherry, Baselious Paulose II Arts College at Piravom, Ignatius Zakka I Iwas training college at Malecuriz  are some among them.   The construction work of Medical Mission hospital at Kolencherry, was inaugurated by Bava Thirumeni when he was the Metropolitan of Kandanad diocese.  Later in 1979, Mor Baselious Medical Mission Hospital at Kothamangalam started by Mor Dionysius Thomas (Catholicose Baselious Thomas I) was declared open by Bava Thirumeni.

 

Demise of Bava Thirumeni

Catholicos Aboon Mor  Baselious Paulose II passed away to his heavenly abode on 1st September , 1996 at Piramadom Dayro.  He was 83 then.  His funeral on the next day was attended by tens of thousands of people—a testimony to the affection that he commanded in the Church and society.  The remains of Catholicos Mor Baselius Paulose II were interred in a tomb in Malecuriz Dayro near Puthencuriz in Ernakulam District, Kerala in accordance to his wishes.

 

Bava Thirumeni, the Catholicose of the East

Catholicose Mor Baselius Paulose II was widely revered for his simple mind and his Spartan ascetic life. He conducted himself as a spiritual father to all without ever displaying the pomp that accompanied his office. Even in his private conversations he would dwell on his accountability on the Day of Judgment.  As metropolitan and later as Catholicos, Mor Baselius desired for a lasting peace in the Malankara church. He was admired and revered by members of both factions in the Church, as also multitudes of others in all walks of life. 

He was a true Indian in culture, a true Antiochean in tradition and a true Christian in faith.  He had a very good knowledge of Sanskrit which helped him to know and retain the esthos of Indian culture.  He was a good scholar in Theology and an appealing orator in English and Malayalam.  He was a great scholar in Syriac too.  His proficiency in Syriac was such that while reading the Evangelion, he would follow the Syriac text and translate into Malayalam impromptu.  His extempore speeches were well known which had even astonished the Syrians.

He was a true lover of nature and loved to lead the life of a farmer.  Though his diocesan & the Catholicate headquarters was at the heart of Muvattupuzha town, he liked to be in the Piramadom Dayro, situated in an interior place, where he spent most part of his life as Metropolitan & Catholicos.  This Dayro had a vast farm.  He thoroughly enjoyed walking through the farm, nursing the plants.  Agriculture and farmers problems were his favorite subjects and whenever he visited churches in Kerala he used to discuss the farmers problems with the parishioners.   After a deputy was ordained for the Kandanad diocese, he preferred to stay in this Dayro or the Dayro at Malecuriz, which is also located in an interior part.  

 

Piramadom Dayro

The late Bava Thirumeni was a symbol of simplicity.  He showed politeness and courtesy to all without differentiating the laity from clergy, the poor from the rich and the young from the old.  Even though he was the chief priest and head of the Syrian Orthodox Church in India, he never used to administer, but used to serve the Church.  He was a noble high priest, who loved the children, the community and served the Church, shedding all selfish motives and without lust for power.  The hospitality of this great Catholicos is known to all who had visited him at least once.  He took great pleasure in serving food to his visitors by his own hands.  One can never forget the innocent smile on his face.  His heart had no room for enmity.  His Beatitude was a tower of light for the Malankara Church.  With love as an article of faith, and as a good shepherd, he led a holy life.  By upholding the true faith and practices, he exhibited unwavering stand which every member of the Church should make a model.  His respectful and exemplary life, no doubt will be a source of inspiration for the present and for future generations as well.  Truly he was an extraordinary personality who led a divine life of a great Holy father.  One will only rarely come upon a person like His Beatitude.