Original Name: Jacob
Date of Birth: 15 Aug. 1945
Ordination (Deacon): 1970
Ordination (Priest): 1975
Ordination (Episcopa): 1993
His Grace was born on 15 August 1949 to Mr TO Cherian Mrs Kunjelyamma Cherian of Aruvidan Pallikal Family, Kallupara. He did his high-schooling at MGD High School, Puthussery and pre-degree course at Chengannur Christian College.
In His Grace’s case, degrees galore. He had his bachelors and masters in English literature from Madras University. Thereupon, he did his BEd and MEd from Kerala University. He took an additional MA in philosophy from Kerala University and then did his PhD.
Coming to the theological front, His Grace did his BD degree from Serampore University and MTh from the US.
He was ordained a deacon in 1970 by late His Grace Thoma Mar Dionysius and a priest in 1975 by His Grace Thomas Mar Timotheos, the present catholicos. He became a Remban on 19 December 1992.
On 16 August 1993, HH Baselios Mar Thoma Mathews II consecrated him as Episcopa and named as Jacob Mar Irenios. In August 1995, he was given charge of the Malabar Diocese as the Assistant Metropolitan. When Zacharia Mar Dionysius departed for the eternal life, His Grace was given the charge of Madras Diocese.
His Grace has served the church in different capacities as the President of Orthodox Youth Movement and President of the Orthodox Christian Bala Samajam.
The Malankara Orthodox Church has 20 Diocese in Kerala , 7 Diocese out side Kerala and 3 Diocese out side India. First formation of Diocese for The Malankara Orthodox Church was in 1876 after the Mulanthuruthy Synod. Then H.H Patriarch Mar Peeter III devided the malankara Church in to 7 Diocese for the first time, Ankamaly, Cochin, Kandanad, Kottayam, Niranam, Thumpamon and Quilon. H.H Patriarch Mar Peter III ordained 7 Bishops including Mar Dionysios V and put each Diocese under one Bishop. In 1953 Malabar Diocese was formed.
In the beginning for Out-side Kerala, there were only one diocese which was formed in 1938 by the name, “The mission out-side Malabar” or later known as the “Diocese for out-side Kerala”. The Diocesional changes made in 1976 were in the Catholicos’s order No.58/76 dated March 27 1976 and were approved earlier by the Managing Committee on May 12,1975 and the Episcopal Synod on March 22 1976.They were:
1.The outside Kerala Diocese was divided in to three namely Bombay Madras and Delhi dioceses.
2.Malabar diocese was enlarged adding certain areas of Tamilnadu
The new Metropolitans were also assigned new dioceses, viz
1.Mar Osthathios was assigned Niranam diocese
2.Mar Pachomios was appointed as Assistant Metropolitan of Kottayam Diocese. He will also assist the Catholicos in the administration of Kandanad diocese.
The Managing Committee at its meeting held on October 30,1978 decided to reorganise further the three outside Kerala diocese in to five and also the Kollam Diocese. The newly formed diocese were America, Calcutta and Trivandrum.In 1979 Trivandrum Diocese was formed by dividing Kollam Diocese. In 1982 Idukki Diocese was formed by taking out high range areas from Kottayam Diocese. In the same year Kottayam central Diocese was formed grouping all Churches which were under the direct control of Malankara Metropolitan in Kottayam.
In 1985 Chengannoor Diocese was formed by grouping 50 Churches out of Thumpamon, Niranam and Kollam Diocese. In the same year Kunnamkulam Diocese was formed by dividing Cochin Diocese. In the same year, Sultan Bethery Diocese was formed by grouping Churches from Vayanadu, Canannore,Coorg and Nilgiries from the Malabar Diocese. In 1993 August 1,Canada-UK-Europe Diocese was formed by grouping 8 Churches from Delhi diocese and 8 Churches from America Diocese. With the these inclusions the Church constituted of 21 dioceses.
In 2002 Mavelikara Diocese was formed by grouping 50 Churches out of Thumpamon, Niranam and Kollam Diocese. In the same year Trichure Diocese was formed by dividing Cochin and Kunnamkulam Diocese. In the same year, Ankamali Diocese was divided in to Ankamali East and Ankamali west and the Kandanadu Diocese was divided in to Kandanadu East and Kandanadu west. With the these inclusions the Church constituted of 25 dioceses.
In 2009 South West American Diocese was formed by grouping 40 Parishes from American Diocese and a new Diocese of UK, Canada, Africa was formed with 16 Parishes. Banglore and Ahamadabad diocese also formed in 2009
The Holy Episcopal Synod approved the recommendation of the managing committee regarding the allotment and transfer of Metropolitans. The recommendation is as follows.
1. H.G. Kuriakose Mar Clemis Metropolitan: Sulthan Battery to Thumpamon Diocese
2. H.G. Zachariah Mar Anthonious Metropolitan: Kochi to Kollam
3. H.G. Dr. Yakob Mar Irenaios Metropolitan: Madras to Kochi
1. H.G. Yuhanon Mar Polycarpos Metropolitan : Angamaly
2. H.G. Mathews Mar Theodosious Metropolitan: Idukky
3. H.G. Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysious Metropolitan, Diocese of Calcutta
4. H.G. Abraham Mar Ephiphanios Metropolitan, Diocese of Sulthan Battery
5. H.G. Mathews Mar Themothios Metropolitan, Diocese of UK, Canada, Africa
6. H.G. Alexios Mar Eusebius Metropolitan, Diocese of America South West
7. H.G. Dr. Yuhanon Mar Dioscorous Metropolitan, Diocese of Madras
In 2010 August 15 Brahmavaar, Adoor, Kottarakara Diocese were formed. H G Zacharia Mar Nicholavas is appointed as the Metropolitan of North Ease American Diocese
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