Let us all join together to submit our birthday wishes to H.G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, Metropolitan of Mumbai Diocese, The President of MGOCSM and Patron of St. Gregorios Orthodox Society(SGOS), and pray for Celestial blessings to be showered upon our beloved Thirumeni and all endeavors taken up by him.
As many of us know,the birthday of H.G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, falls on the 7th of October.
His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos was born to P.K. Kurian, Puliyeril, Kollad, Kottayam and Mary Kurian, Kizhakkedathu Mamkoottathil, Makkamkunnu, Pathanamthitta on 7th Oct. 1949. HG was affectionately called George Kutty when HG was a young boy. SGOS Sr.Advisor Mr. Jose Kurian Puliyeril is the elder brother and Mr. Babu Kurian Puliyeril, (SGOS Dubai) is the younger brother of HG.
During his school days George Kurian was active in studies and was excelled in extra curricular activities. HG had held many responsible positions of Sunday school, Balajana Sakhyam (Manorama) Youth Movement, MGOCSM, etc. HG was also the Scouts leader of MT Seminary High School Kottayam.
George Kurian was ordained as priest by H.G. Dr. Philipose Mar Theophilus Metropolitan on 21st Dec ’75. Fr. George Kurian served MGOCSM as General Secretary from 80-86. Fr. George Kurian served St.
Gregorios Orthodox Church, London for about two years (during 86-88), which is the only Parish where he had ever served as vicar. While serving St. Gregorios Orthodox Parish in London as it’s Vicar, he took
his Post Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Theology from Heythrop College, London University and PG Diploma in Theology and Mission from Urban Theology Unit, Sheffield, U.K.
Fr. George Kurian was elevated as a Heiromonk – Ramban on 31st March 90 and was consecrated as Episcopa on 30th April 91. His Grace was the Asst Metropolitan of Mumbai Diocese till 27th Sept. 2002. HG was elevated as the Metropolitan during the Sunthroneeso service at Devalokam that day and officiated on 2nd Oct at Mumbai Diocesan Head Quarters by H.H. Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Mathews II Catholicose.
HG had served the National Christian Council of India (NCCI- the largest Christian movement in India where all Christian denominations are members except the Catholic Church) as its President for a number of years. Presently HG is the president of Mumbai Christian Council. HG has travelled a lot across the globe several times and attained great wisdom. HG has attended the WCC several times and actively participating and co-operating with many of the genuine and needy schemes under the leadership of WCC, NCCI, MCC and KCC.
Gregorian Community is a dream project of Thirumeni and its functions are slowly but steadily progressing. Once it is completed, it is sure to transcend rays of Orthodoxy blended in charity across the country, A number of charity projects have been established in HG’s Diocese, like the night free school for the poor and orphans, etc. Recently HG has acauired the ownership of a Business College in New Mumbai, which has assets of Crores of Rupees.
The radiance exuded by that magnanimous personality casts a magic spell over those who come in contact with HG. People from all walks of life, irrespective of caste, creed or religion have appreciated his
outlook and attitude. HG mesmeric smile would linger in the minds of those who have experienced it, for a long time.
May God Almighty grant His Grace long life with happiness, peace and good health coupled with heavenly blessings. May God strengthen our beloved Thirumeni to lead and guide the Holy Church in more and more responsible positions in the future.
Let us pray for all heavenly blessings upon Thirumeni and His activities.
Moni Kallamparampil – SGOS