Augen Mar Dionysious Metropolitan of the Idukki Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, at the age of 52, passed away in the Lord from this earthy tent in a road accident near Ponkunnam on Wednesday. This occurred when a private bus collided with his car. He was ordained as Sub Deacon on May 21, 1979, Deacon on July 19, 1980, Priest on August 30, 1980, Remban on December 5, 1992 and Metropolitan on March 5, 2005. He had served as Secretary of the Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Mathews I for 16 years, Devalokam Aramana Manager, Kottayam Central Diocese secretary, Baselios Charitable Society President and Baselios Research Centre Director.
We are shocked and deeply grieved to hear the sudden demise of our beloved Thirumeni. His demise is a great loss to our Church. He was an undoubted and strong soldier of the true faith and traditions of the Church. He suffered a lot to protect and preserve it. He fought to establish peace, peace with dignity and justice in our Church. His deep devotion, unbounded religious zeal and fervor, limitless love, his simplicity and prayerful life and sincere services to the church are well known to everybody. He was a great shepherd and a spiritual leader, who carried the cross and followed his master our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord is faithful and will reward him for his sincere and dedicated services for the Church.
The church has always respected his wise and valuable suggestions in many matters connected to our Church. He was a great scholar in Church History and Theology. His demise is a great loss to all of us, especially to his spiritual children of Idukki Diocese. We the St. Gregorians in Washington DC share your deep grief and sorrow.
May God console all of us and rest his soul with our holy fathers in his heavenly bliss. Our Lord Said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” “Very truly I tell you anyone who bears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life.”
Though he has departed from our visibility, he is still with us so we do not lose our hope. May God console all and the members of this bereaved family. We extend our prayers to all. We the Vicar and members of St. Gregorios Orthodox Church of Greater Washington DC are deeply saddened by this great loss of our church. May his soul rest in peace.
Alexander (James) Kurien Achen
Vicar, St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church of
Greater Washington, DC