St. Mary's Soonoro

Patriarchal Cathedral

church soonora
Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church
Patriarch of Antioch & all the East H.H Moran Mor Ignatius Zaka I Iwas

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H. G. Mor Athanasios Geevargis
(Simhasana Metropolitan of Kochi & Kunnamkulam)

H.G. Mor Athanasius Geevarghese was born in the Eralil family of Ayyampilly on 12 October 1957 to Late Mr. G. Korah and Susan Korah.  He was baptized by name Varghese. H.G's school education was at the  Rozaris School at Thoppumpady and the St.John’s School at Thrikkakkara.  In 1979 he passed out from the St.Alberts College at Ernakulam in B.Sc. Physics.  Later he joined A A Menon & Associates  at Ernakulam as a Chartered Accountant Student and successfully completed the course.


Though a Chartered Accountant by profession he was more inclined towards Priesthood. On 15 October 1990 H.G. Dr. Thomas Mor Osthatheos ordained him Korooyo at the Ayyampilly St.Gregorios Chapel. On 9 January 1993, he was ordained Kassisso again at the blessed hands of Dr. Thomas Mor Osthatheos Metropolitan at the Kyomtha Seminary Chapel, Thiruvankulam. From 1993 to '94 he served as the Vicar of St. George church at Cherai and later as the vicar of his home parish, the St. John’s church at Ayyampilly.

On 15 August 1997 he was ordained Ramban (Dayroyo) by H.H. Ignatius Zakka I Patriarch of Antioch at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Damascus and was appointed as the Abbot of the Malecuriz Dayro. From 1999, till his ordination as Metropolitan, he was at the Patriarchal Cathedral.

On 8 December 2002, H.H. Ignatius Zakka I, the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, ordained him Metropolitan by name 'Athanasius' at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Damascus. With the consent of His Holiness the Malankara Synod later appointed His Grace as Assistant Metropolitan for Thrissur diocese.  When in 2005 H.G. Mor Julius Kuriakose relinquished the position of Patriarchal Vicar for Indian affairs at Damascus due to health problems, His Grace was appointed instead. In November 2007 His Grace returned to Malankara and took charge as the Assistant Metropolitan of Simhasana (Patriarchal) churches at Kunnamkulam & environs (under Mor Julius Kuraikose) and the Manjinikkara Mor Ignatius Dayro (under Mor Dionysius Geevarghese).  Following the retirement of Mor Julius Kuriakose in February 2010, His Holiness the Patriarch appointed Mor Athanasius Geevarghese as Metropolitan of the Patriarchal Cathedral in Ernakulam (Elamkulam St. Mary's Soonoro Simhsana Cathedral), the Perumpilly Simhasana Church and the churches in Kunnamkulam & environs.