Mar Giwargis Alencherry, the Patriarch of Mar Thoma Nasranis and the Gate of All India



Mar Giwargis Bava

With the Grace of Ruha D'Kudsha, the Sunhados of Syro-Malabar Church has elected Mar George Alencherry, the Bishop of Thakkala, as the Patriarch of Mar Thoma Nasranies and the Gate of All India, Mar Giwargis Bava.

 

Giwargis Bava was born on 19 April 1945 at Thuruthy in Kottayam District. After his school education he joined the seminary and was ordained priest on 18 December 1972. He had done his B.A. (Economics) from the Kerala University with second rank in 1965. After his ordination he successfully completed his M.Th. from the Pontifical Theological Institute, Alwaye where he stood in the first rank. He also has a D.S.E.B. and D.Th. conjointly from Sorbonne University and Institut Caholique de Paris, France in 1986.

During his priestly ministry, he held many offices in the Archdiocese of Changanacherry and elsewhere. From 1976 to 78 he was the Director of Catechetics, from 1986 to 93 he was the Deputy Secretary of KCBC, from 1986 to 91 he was the Director of the Pastoral Orientation Centre at Palarivattam, Professor at Paurastya vidyapitham, Kottayam from 1986-97, Protosyncellus of the Archdiocese of Changanacherry from 1994 to 97. He was ordained bishop of Thuckalay on 2 February 1997 and was installed on the same day.

Features of the Sunhados & Mar Giwargis Bava

It is for the first time that the head of the Church was decided by its own Sunhados. It is also for the first time that a Bishop trained in its own Tradition is elected. He is simple man from a humble family and well-known for his down-to-earth approach. He wears a Sleeva on his rudraksha garnet that reflects the Indian tradition profoundly.

 

Our Hope

Trained as a Syro-Malabar priest, the Bava would be able to understand the identity and spirit of the Church. We hope that with the Grace of Ruha D'Kudsha, the Bava will guide us through the right path. Let us pray for a better unity among us under his spiritual leadership. We congratulate him and wish him all the best for this challenging job.