Rev. Fr. M. T. Kurian born to K. K. Thomas and Sosamma on 10
December 1936, in Areepparampu, Kottayam, India. He has secured a
Bachelor of Arts degree from CMS college Kottayam, a Graduation in
Sacred Theology from Old Seminary Kottayam, a post-graduation in
Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary Wilmore, Kentucky, USA
and a Master of Arts in History from SFA State University, Texas.
He is also a certified Clinical Pastoral Counsellor.
He served with the Order of the servants of the cross, a
missionary organization of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church,
from 1955 to 1958. He also served as the secretary of Metropolitan
Paret Mathews Mar Ivanios of Kottayam during that period. He
started his education at the Old Seminary for the diocese of
Kottayam in 1958 and continued there till 1962.
On the 24th of May 1961, he was elevated to the rank ofKoruyo
by Metropolitan Paret Mathews Mar Ivanios at the Bethany Monastery
Chapel in Ranni - Perunadu. He was further elevated as pro-deacon
(Yauppadiakkino) in the same year by Metropolitan Mathews Mar
Coorilos of Kollam (Later Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Mathews II)
on 22 June at Mavelikkara St. Paul's Mission Centre Chapel. He was
ordained as deacon (M'Shamshono) by Metropolitan Paret Mathews Mar
Ivanios on the 24 May 1962 at the Puthupally St George's
Valiyapally church in and as a Priest in the service of the diocese
of Kottayam by Metropolitan Mathews Mar Athanasios of outside
Kerala Diocese (Later Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Mathews I) on 3
July 1962, the feast of Saint Thomas at Vadakkanmanoor St Thomas'
In between 1962-1990, he served in various parish churches of
the Kottayam diocese includes Pallom St. Paul's, Kumarakom St.
John's Puthen, Mundakkayam St. Thomas', Areepparempu St. George's,
Karattukunnel St. Mary's, Pampady St. Mary's Simhasana,
Thazhatthangadi Mar Baselius & Gregorios, Velloor St. Thomas'
etc. Later, he served as the youngest diocesan secretary of
Kottayam. He also served as the first program secretary of the
Sophia Centre at the Old Seminary and as coordinator of the Sunday
School Curriculum committee of the Oriental Orthodox Churches. He
also served as the working president of the Aardra Charitable
Society of The Malankara Orthodox Church. At present, he is the
Patron of the Puliyayil Family Association.
He moved to the United States as a student in 1965. Later, he
taught History at the Texas Southern University. He also served as
a counsellor at the ARC of the government of Washington DC. He is
one of the towering figures from the early years of the Malankara
Orthodox diaspora in the US. He catered for the spiritual needs of
the spurting Malankara orthodox congregations all across the US
upon directives from Metropolitan Mar Athanasios. He was one of the
pioneers who established the annual family conference of the
American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Church. He was also the
founder Vicar of St Gregorios' Church in Grater Washington and the
St Thomas' Church in Baltimore, MD.
In 1990, Catholicos Baselius Marthoma Mathews I called him
into his service and appointed him as the vicar of Mar Elia Chapel
Devagiri, Kangazha. He also served as the chaplain of MGDM Hospital
in Kangazha, India. He has completed 30 years in those assignments
Fr Kurian is a member of Vadakkanmanoor St. Thomas Church,
Kottayam and is married to Mariamma, a retired School teacher
hailing from Marottippuzha family of the same parish. Son - Dr. M.
Kurian Thomas married with Jaya Jacob Kariganamattom, Pampady.
Daughter - Sosamma Shaji married to Shaji Thomas Kalappurackal,