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Mor Philaxinos Yuhanon, Archbishop of Malabar Diocese entered eternal life.

December,31 2015

December 05, 1941 – December 29, 2015

Family Name- Elappanal family, Pampady, Kottayam
Education- Baselios College, Kottayam, Master’s Degree from S.V. University,
Theological Studies - Orthodox Seminary at Kottayam, Theological Seminary at New York, & Orlando International Seminary at Florida
Deacon - 1964 (ordained by H.G. Mor Philoxenos Paulose [Catholicose Baselios Paulose II])
Priest - 1969 (ordained by H.B. Catholicose Baselios Augen I)
Metropolitan- 12 Sep 1985 (ordained by H.B. Catholicose Baselios Paulose II)
Current Responsibilities - Retired in August 2009 (Former Metropolitan of Malabar Diocese & Simhasana Churches in Malabar Region)

Born in the Elappanal family of Pampady on 5th December 1941, Metropolitan Mor Philoxenos Yuhanon had his primary and High School education at Pampady and took his B.A degree from Baselios College, Kottayam, and M.A from S.V.University.

In 1964 he was ordained deacon by Mor Philoxenos Paulose (Catholicose Mor Baselios Paulose II) and priest by Catholicos Mor Baselios Augen in 1969.

He had his G.S.T from the Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam and S.T.M from New York Theological Seminary, T.H.D from Logos Graduate School of Theology, New York and D.D from Orlando International Seminary, Florida. In Hindi, the national language of India, he had secured Hindi Bhooshan and Hindi Praveen. He has also C.P.E (Clinical Pastoral Education) from New York.

As a priest Fr. John Jacob served in many churches in Kerala and Abroad. His spiritual activities in the USA, where, for higher Theological studies, he had been sponsored by the most gracious H.E. Mor Athanasius Yeshue Samuel, had been outstanding. He has to his credit the organization of parish churches in Staten Island, Manhattan, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Augusta. The blessed Malabar Diocese was fortunate to have him as their metropolitan, succeeding the late Mor Philoxenos Samuel. H.B Mor Baselios Paulose II consecrated him in the title 'Mor Philoxenos' at the St. Mary's Cathedral Church at Meenangadi, one of the biggest churches in Malankara. He was instrumental in the overall development of the diocese for the two & half decades since his enthronement as Metropolitan of Malabar diocese. In 2008 the Malabar diocese was divided and a diocese based in Kozhikode was formed for which a new metropolitan was ordained in August 2008. Since then His Grace Mor Philoxenos remained as the Metropolitan of Malabar diocese alone.

In 2009 His Grace' health deteriorated due to continuous illness. In August 2009, His Grace officially send a letter to His Holiness the Patriarch requesting to relinquish from the duty of administering the diocese since he is on treatment. Subsequently the Malankara Episcopal Synod also formally approved the resignation of His Grace from the diocesan administration of Malabar and Simhasana churches in that region.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to the church, and may he rest in peace.


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The Western Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, providing spiritual guidance and leadership to the Syriac Orthodox community, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization comprised of 18 churches and parishes in 17 western states. It was established in 1952 as the Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church encompassing the entire United States and Canada. In November 1995 by the Holy Synod, the Western Archdiocese was formed to exclusively serve the 17 states of the western half United States.

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