It is with deep sadness we are informing you of the passing away of Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitian, the supreme Head of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church, and the 21st Mar Thoma Metropolitan, yesterday, i.e., 18th October 2020, at 2.48 a.m. at Thiruvalla, Kerala. He was 90 years old. Metropolitan was a respected member of the Executive Committee of the Bible Society of India since 2013 till date. He was also the President of the BSI Kerala Auxiliary between 1998 to 2001. Metropolitan‘s contribution and guidance in building up the organization of the BSI as a whole was exceedingly valuable.
Most Rev. Dr. Joesph Mar Thoma Metropolitan was an extraordinary servant of God who had great impact on the ministry of the Church and whose life has touched and transformed innumerable lives, both the clergy and the laity. He was a great philanthropist and a person of deep empathy for the suffering humanity. Metropolitan‘s funeral will take place at the Mar Thoma Church Headquarters at Thiruvalla at 3.00p.m. today.
May we uphold the bereaved family of the Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan, the Mar Thoma Church and all those connected to the Metropolitan and are feeling the void and loss.
We express our deep gratitude to God for the remarkable life and witness of the Metropolitan and for what he meant to the BSI, to the Church and the humanity at large.
BSI will truly miss the Metropolitan, especially his presence and input at the Executive Committee Meetings.
With many blessings,
Sincerely in His service,
Rev. Dr. M. Mani Chacko, Ph.D (London) General Secretary