St. Gregorios of Parumala

St. Gregorios was a bishop of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and a co-consecrator or our first Archbishop of North America, Mar Timotheos I.  He is the first canonized Christian saint from India. He is popularly known as Parumala Thirumeni (Bishop of Parumala) or Kochu Thirumeni.

H.E. Avi Mar Abraham Penhollow
Presiding Bishop

Bishop Avi Mar Abraham is currently the Presiding Bishop of the MTOC.  Mar Abraham served with Mar Enoch at St. Mary of Magdala Cathedral in Fresno, CA and currently  resides at the Mar Thoma Orthodox Church of Denver. 
July 4, 2014
The House of bishops of the Mar Thoma Orthodox Church in America reaffirmed its mission and canons for the independent jurisdiction.  The MTOC acknowledges itself as an ambassador church to all Churches and jurisdictions worldwide.  Dr. Avi Mar Abraham was elevated as the Presiding Archbishop.  His installment was overseen by His Holiness Dr. Joseph Mar Narsai in Santa Cruz, California during the annual synod.

The House of Bishops also confirmed Her Grace, Mar'ta Naomi Windom-Davis as Co-adjutor of the Archdiocese.  Mar'ta Naomi served for many years as a priest in the MTOC and she is widely known as a dynamic voice in the Church today.  She was ordained by the late Mar Enoch and her epicopacy affirmed by His Beatitude, Joseph Mar Narsai, Ph.D in Santa Cruz, CA.

The Mar Thoma Orthodox Church is convinced that women are to be full participants at all levels of church leadership and that the feminine voice is essential for the true witness of the gospel throughout the world.  We are fully aware that this progressive perspective is not the accepted practice of other Orthodox jurisdictions, and we respect their right to maintain the traditions they uphold.  We pray that one day our affirming presence will be the universal practice of the Church. 

Mar Abraham and Mar'ta Naomi immediately began to work on the vision and mission given to them by the late Archbishop Veron Mar Enoch Ashe.  The bishops visited several places in California and Colorado in their efforts to strengthen existing communities and to pave the way for future growth worldwide.

The bishops confirmed that The Mar Thoma Orthodox Church should remain self-governing while continuing its ecumenical work with the Malankara Church and other Christian jurisdictions. 

January 18, 2014

On January 18th, 2014 Mar Enoch entered into his eternal rest in San Francisco, California.  An ecumenical pioneer and internationally known speaker, Archbishop Mar Enoch inspired many to learn more about the ancient Christian faith. 

moran ethraham calayn
aloho haso l-kumro
waqeemoy men yameenokh
b-yawmo danho raboothokh.

Lord have mercy upon us.
O God absolve the high priest
and stand him up on Your right side
on the great day of ressurection!

Mar Abraham presided over the Holy Qurbana at the Interfaith memorial service for Mar Enoch on February 13th, 2014.  The service was attended mostly by Protestant Christians who were deeply impacted by the preaching ministry of Mar Enoch. 

In March of 2014, the bishops of the Mar Thoma Orthodox Church reaffirmed the mission and published the canons for this independent jurisdiction.  The MTOC acknowledges itself as an ambassador church to all Churches and jurisdictions worldwide.

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