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A New Dawn in Pune: Bishop Elect Mathai Kadavil Rambachan’s Episcopal Ordination in Eparchy of St. Ephrem

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Pune, February 14, 2024: The Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in India marks a momentous occasion as the St. Ephrem Eparchy in Khadki, Pune, joyfully welcomes Very Rev. Mathai Kadavil Rambachan as its second bishop. The sacred ceremony of Episcopal ordination is set to take place on February 15, 2024, at 8 AM at the Mount Mar Ivanios – Nirmal Hridaya Seminary premises in Khopoli. Presiding over this historic event is His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cardinal Cleemis, the Catholicos of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, along with the esteemed presence of various bishops, clergy, religious, and a multitude of faithful.

A Day of Profound Significance

This day is particularly significant for the Catholic Church in India, especially the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church and, more specifically, the St. Ephrem Eparchy in Khadki, Pune. The eparchy encompasses four states: Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and parts of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, making it a vital region for the church’s mission in India.

The eparchy and its faithful warmly embrace the appointment and Episcopal consecration of Very Rev. Mathai Kadavil Rambachan with gratitude to God. Rambachan is recognized for his profound scholarship, unwavering dedication to preserving the Syriac heritage of the Malankara Church, and active engagement in ecumenical dialogues with various Christian denominations both in India and abroad.

A Rich Legacy of Service and Scholarship

Very Rev. Mathai Kadavil Rambachan’s journey in the church is marked by his significant contributions as a teacher at St. Mary’s Major Seminary in Trivandrum, and his tenure as Superior General of the Bethany Ashram monastic community. His extensive knowledge, spiritual depth, and commitment to the church have been instrumental in fostering growth and development within the eparchy.

The Episcopal ordination of Rambachan is a testament to his rich legacy of knowledge, spirituality, and unwavering commitment to the church. Under his guidance, the St. Ephrem Eparchy is poised for continued growth and progress.

Continuing the Legacy of Leadership

The St. Ephrem Eparchy was previously shepherded by His Excellency Thomas Mar Anthonios OIC, who, since his appointment in 2015, tirelessly worked to nurture the Malankara Catholic Church in Khadki, Pune. Under his leadership, the eparchy flourished, laying a solid foundation for its future. His Excellency Mar Anthonios, now leading the Delhi-Gurgaon Eparchy, leaves behind a legacy of spiritual leadership and dedication that will continue to inspire the St. Ephrem Eparchy.

His Excellency Thomas Mar Anthonios OIC, who is also the Postulator for the cause of canonization of Archbishop Mar Ivanios, is deeply involved in the evangelization efforts initiated by the late Archbishop, reflecting his vision to bring the Gospel to life in the hearts of the faithful.

A Beacon of Hope and Spiritual Guidance

As the St. Ephrem Eparchy embarks on this new chapter, the leadership of Very Rev. Mathai Kadavil Rambachan promises to be a beacon of hope and spiritual guidance. His scholarly prowess, pastoral care, and ecumenical spirit are invaluable assets to the eparchy’s journey forward.

The Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, along with the faithful of the St. Ephrem Eparchy, extends heartfelt prayers and best wishes to both bishops as they continue their journey of serving the Lord and His people. This Episcopal ordination marks not only a historic moment for the eparchy but also a reaffirmation of the church’s commitment to spreading the Gospel and fostering unity among Christians.

As we celebrate this significant occasion, we pray for God’s abundant blessings on Very Rev. Mathai Kadavil Rambachan’s Episcopal ministry, that it may bear fruit in abundance and lead the faithful towards deeper faith and service.

Location Map for Mount Mar Ivanios, Khopoli – https://maps.app.goo.gl/bpvoAed78TR91pbF7

Location Map for St Mary’s Cathedral, St. Ephrem Exarchate Of Pune Khadki – https://maps.app.goo.gl/PUX918fHzr1M2yEy5

Drawn from Mrs. Sara Mani Kuriakose’s writeup in Malayala Manorama & other sources. 14th February 2024. Mumbai Edition.

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