Born in a small village near Kunnamkulam, Kerala, India in 1946, His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulos II was raised in a very devoted and spiritual family who significantly influenced his life. He attended pre-university and undergraduate studies at St. Thomas college and continued his postgraduate studies in sociology at CMS College, Kottayam.
At Parumala Seminary, H.H. was ordained as sub-deacon in 1972, and later, as a full deacon at Sion Seminary, Koratty in 1973. In 1973, H.H. was ordained as priest; then known as Rev. Fr. K.I. Paul, and celebrated his first Holy Qurbana at Mar Gregorius Orthodox Chapel Mangad.
Fr. Paul served as priest to St. Mary's Orthodox Church Ernakulam, Moolepat Orthodox Church Pazhanji, St. Marys Magdalene Convent Adappotty, Kummanmkulam, and Medical College Chapel Kottayam.
After being elevated to Ramban in 1983 at Parumala Seminary, H.H. was later consecrated as Episcopa with the name Paulose Mar Milithios in 1985 and served Kunnamkulam Diocese.
H.H. was elevated as Metropolitan in 1991 and on September 27, 2006, His Holiness was nominated as the current successor to the Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan.
The Episcopal Synod with the Catholicos as its presiding leader is the governing body of all bishops in the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. The authority of the Holy Synod is considered final and binding in its decisions that uphold the faith of the church, its discipline and order of Apostolic Succession. The bishops serve the assigned diocese that is entrusted to them by the Holy Synod.
As regards temporal matters, the church is advised by the Malankara Syrian Christian Association which is a governing consortium of lay members of the Church.
South-West Diocesan Metropolitan
His Grace Alexios Mar Eusebius hails from Puthoor, Kerala, India. In 1995, H.G.was ordained to the priesthood as Rev. Fr. Alex Daniel and then later elevated as Very Rev. Alexanthrayose Ramban.
H.G. has a significant range of educational accomplishments ranging from a BS from Kerala University, a LLB from Bangalore University, GST from Orthodox Theological Seminary Kottayam, Bachelor of Divinity Serampore University, M.Th from St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute of Theology, Bangalore. Additionally, H.G. has a Diploma in Biblical Geography from Tantur Ecumenical Institute, Jerusalem, Research Study in Old Testament from Federich Alexander University Germany and is currently pursuing Doctoral Research in O. T from St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute of Theology, Bangalore.
Along with serving duties in various parishes in Bangalore, Germany and the Calcutta diocese, His Grace has served in many key positions; as an author, a legal advocate, and a professor of Old Testament among many other roles.