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Alumnus Dn Jithin Zachariah ordained to priesthood in Malankara Orthodox Church

Fr Zachariah with his family and Metropolitan Aprem following ordination

The Rev. Dn. Zachariah (Jithin) Zachariah was ordained to the holy priesthood in the Dallas-Fort Worth area Saturday, April 9. His Grace, Metropolitan Zacharias Mar Aprem presided over the ordination at Fr. Zachariah's home parish, St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Garland, TX.

Father Zachariah graduated from St. Vladimir's Seminary with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree in 2019. Before enrolling at St. Vladimir's, he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas. 

Following his ordination, Fr. Zachariah will serve as a priest in the South-West American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. He is also a chaplain at Faith Presbyterian Hospice in Dallas.

May God grant the newly ordained Fr. Zachariah, his wife Jisa Kochamma*, and their family many years!

*Kochamma is the title for a priest's wife, meaning "little mother," in Malayalam. The title appears after the wife's given name.
Photo: Sdn. Immanuel Punnoose (Class of '19)