Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Yuhanon Mor Philexinos dies

KALPETTA: Dr Mor Philexinos Yuhanon, a retired Syrian Orthodox bishop, died here Wednesday. He was 74. He died at Kalpetta in Wayanad due to old age ailments. He will be laid to rest at Pambady in Kottayam.

Yuhanon born as John Jacob was born to Elappanal Family of Pampady on  December 5, 1941. In 1964, at the age of 23, he was ordained deacon by Mor Philaxinos Poulose (then Catholicose Mor Baselios Paulose II) and Kassisho in 1969 by Mor Baselios Augen I.

When he was studying in the USA, he served as the vicar in many Jacobite churches in Staten Island, Manhattan, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Augusta. He also performed volunteer work for the Holy Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church.

After January 17 in 1985, when the Metropolitan of Malabar Diocese, Samuel Mor Philaxinos, died, the Holy Episcopal Synod selected Jacob as the new metropolitan to the diocese. On 12 September 1985 Mor Baselios Paulose II consecrated Jacob as the new metropolitan of Malabar, with the name Mor Philaxinos, at St Peter's & St Paul's Cathedral Church in Meenangadi (one of the biggest churches in Malankara).

The history of the Malabar Diocese is closely related to Yuhanon Mor Philexinos. When Yuhanon Mor Philexinos took charge of Malabar, the Diocese area was in a high state of deterioration. He therefore coordinated the works in the diocese and constructed many new churches throughout the diocese. A lot of them are built in Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu, Kozhikode and Malappuram.

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