Malankara Church ordains five SVOTS alumni

Author: 
Pradeep Hatcher

During the final few months of 2018, the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church ordained two priests and three deacons in North America—all graduates of St. Vladimir’s Seminary.

On October 23, Subdeacon Kuriakose (Alex) Abraham (M.Div., ’16) was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by the hand of His Grace Metropolitan Youhanon Mar Dioscorus at St. George Orthodox Church of Parampuzha, Kerala, India. Deacon Kuriakose has been active in youth ministry for the Northeast American Diocese, and was recently appointed as spiritual advisor for the annual Winter Summit conference for Malankara Orthodox college students.

Just a few days later, on October 27, His Grace Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos ordained Subdeacon Thomas (Shawn) Thomas (M.Div., ’16; Th.M. ‘17) to the Holy Diaconate. The ordination took place at Diocesan Metropolitan’s Residence (Aramana), Muttontown, NY. Deacon Thomas has assisted Metropolitan Nicholovos and served as a speaker at different retreats and conferences in both the Northeast American Diocese and the Diocese of South-West America.

On the same weekend in December, the Malankara Church ordained another deacon and two priests: Priests Givargis (Abu) Koshy George (M.Div. ‘08) and George Ninan Manampuram (M.Div., ’17) and Deacon Geevarghese (Bobby) Varghese (M.Div., ’17). Priest George and Deacon Geevarghese were both ordained on December 21, at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Kuttemperoor, Mannar, India at the Metropolitan’s residence, respectively. Priest Givargis was ordained at St. George Orthodox Church of Westchester, Port Chester, NY on December 23. Metropolitan Nicholovos (Northeast Diocese) ordained Priest Givargis and Deacon Geevarghese; His Grace Zacharias Mar Aprem, Assistant Metropolitan of the Diocese of South-West America, ordained Priest George. The three newly-ordained have all been active in youth ministry, and they are currently awaiting their parish assignments.

SVOTS wishes the new priests and deacons many years!