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His Beatitude Cyril Baselios Catholicos OIC
Major Archbishop Cyril Baselios Catholicos OIC (Baptismal name was James) was born on 16 August 1935 at Ullannoor in Pandalam as the son of Mathai Malancharuvil and Aleyamma. He did his elementary education at Mezhuveli. He successfully completed his tenth standard in 1950. He is one among the six brothers of the Malancheruvil family who gave importance to religious life dedicating their life to the service of Christ and his Church. He was sent to Bethany Ashram by Archbishop Mar Ivanios OIC on 15 June 1950. He made his temporary profession of vows on 18 March 1953. Later he was sent to Bethany Ashram, Pune to pursue his studies in Philosophy and Theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum. On completing the major seminary and Ashram formations successfully he was ordained priest at the Papal Seminary, Pune in 1960. After returning to Kerala, Fr. Cyril took charge of some of the mission centers in Thiruvananthapuram. Here he learnt the initial lessons of doing good to the human society especially to the poor. Thereafter he was sent to Rome and joined the Gregorian University to study Canon Law. His dissertation titled ‘the Syro-Malankara Church’ is a pioneering study that specifies the canonical status of the Malankara Catholic Church. On returning to Kerala, he was appointed professor in St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor, Kottayam. Fr. Cyril was sent to St. John’s University in New York in 1970 for his higher education in Psychology, which he completed with the highest rank.

He was a Great Visionary, Philanthropist, an Educationist and a great scholar. His Beatitude has visualized and established many Educational Institutions in and outside the state of Kerala. It was his dream to achieve social development through education that prompted the Church to establish many Institutions of Higher Education like Mar Baselios College of Education. All our Educational activities are in tune with the dreams and aspirations of this Great spiritual leader and scholar.

He was elected Superior General of Bethany Congregation in 1974 and while he was giving wonderful leadership to the Congregation he was elected as the first Metropolitan of Bathery in 1978. His stewardship of the Eparchy for 18 years was a milestone in the social development of the whole of Bathery. He was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Eastern Church in 1989. He represented India in the Asian Bishop’s Conference held in Indonesia in 1990. He was elected twice the president of Catholic Bishops Conference of India.

He became the administrator of the Malankara Catholic Church after the demise of Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios OIC. He was appointed Metropolitan of the Malankara Catholic Church and Archbishop of Trivandrum by Pope John Paul II on 29 November 1995. It was his farsightedness and assiduous hard work that raised the Malankara Catholic Church to the status of a Major Archiepiscopal Church and him the Major Archbishop. Following the tradition of the Oriental Church, the Major Archbishop assumed the title “Catholicos” of the Malankara Catholic Church. Moran Mor Cyril Baselios, the First Major Archbishop-Catholicos, went to his heavenly abode on Thursday 18 January 2007. His mortal remains are entombed at the St. Mary’s Cathedral, Pattom, Trivandrum by the side of his predecessors of happy memory Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios OIC and Archbishop Mar Gregorios OIC.

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