Bristol: The Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orhtodox Church, United Kingdom Region gave a warm farewell to its former Patriarchal Vicar, Mor Coorilos Geevarghese. A meeting was organized to bid farewell to Mor Coorilos at Bristol St. Baselius Eldho Jacobite Church on Sunday, the 2nd of October. Mor Aphrem Mathews, the new Patriarchal Vicar of UK presided over the function. Mor Osathathios Isaac, Metropolitan of Mylapore and Delhi inaugurated the farewell meeting. Fr. Raju Cheruvillil, Fr. Geevarghese Thandayath, Fr. Thomas Puthiyamadam, Fr. Peter Kuriakose, Fr. Babu Peringol, Fr. Gibi itchikottil, Fr. Sibi Adimaly, Fr. Prince Mannathoor, Mr. Gibi Andrews and representatives from 22 churches and congregations in the UK region spoke on the occasion. Gifts from the UK Council and churches and congregations were handed over to Mor Ccorilos. In his reply speech, Mor Coorilso thanked every one for their support and prayers.
All the speakers appreciated the dynamic leadership of Mor Coorilos in facing times of crisis. “During the tenure of Mor Coorilos, the UK Region witnessed tremendous growth. From 11 congregations, the number of congregations went upto 22. The three family conferences held during this period were examples of the oneness and stability of the church in the UK. The Jubilee memorial Souvenir which documents the history of the Syrian Jacobite Church in the UK, with articles on fundamental faith and traditions of the Church and pictures of congregations and members, was a significant achievement in the history of UK church. When the Church in UK encountered problems from rebels and dissidents, Mor Coorilos took strong actions which brought discipline and consolidation in the Church. Members from the dissident faction who were holding offices in our congregations were removed. Members were required to declare their allegiance to the Holy Throne of Antioch. A unified syllabus for Sunday school thorught out UK has been another milestone. Most of the churches and congregations in the UK could conduct passion week services during the last two years, with the help of priests from Kerala. Retreats led by Mor Philexnos Zacharias in various churches were also a highlight. In every aspect, the UK Region of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox now has a strong foundation”‘, Fr. Geevarghese Thandayathu, UK region Secretary highlighted some of the important achievements of Mor Coorilos’ tenure as Patriarchal Vicar, in his vote of thanks.