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The Apostolic Church of St. Thomas Christians traces its origin back to the preaching of St. Thomas, the Apostle, who arrived on the Kerala Coast in A.D. 52. The Church grew up on the solid apostolic foundation. In the course of history this Church entered into hierarchical relationship with the East Syrian Church of Seleucia-Ctesiphon and became an autonomous Metropolitan See under the East Syrian Patriarch who was in communion with the Apostolic See of Rome. The office of the Metropolitan was entitled 'the Metropolitan and Gate of All-India.' The administrative head of the Church was the Archdeacon and was called The 'Archdeacon of All India.'

The Metropolitan Archbishop

Born on July 5, 1948, at Kongandoor (Punnathura Parish), Joseph (Babychan) had his education in St. Thomas L. P. School Kongandoor, St. Joseph's High School, Punnathura and St. Berchmans College, Changanacherry. Completing his seminary studies at St. Thomas Minor Seminary, Changanacherry and St.Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor, Kottayam, he was ordained priest on 18 December 1974 by Archbishop Mar Joseph Powathil, then auxiliary bishop of Changanacherry. After his ministry as assistant parish priest for a few years he was appointed Director of Sandesanilayam, the Catechetical and Pastoral Centre of the Archeparchy, in 1979 and the Chaplain of Christian Workers Movement of the Archeparchy. In the Catechetical field, he introduced many training programmes, including Catechetical Leaders Training (CLT), which is being continued to this day by Sandesanilayam. In 1983 he was sent for higher studies at Gregorian University Rome, where he took doctorate in Church History.

Archbishop Emeritus

Born on August 14, 1930 P.J. Joseph had his primary education in Holy Family L.P. School and St. Peter's U.P. School, Kurumpanadom and high school education in St. Berchman's High School Changanacherry. He had his higher studies in S.B. College Changanacherry and Loyola College, Madras, from where he took his M.A degree in Economics.

He did his seminary studies in St. Thomas Minor seminary, Parel and Papal Seminary Pune. After Ordination on 3rd October 1962 at Pune he was appointed lecturer in Economics and Warden of St. Joseph's Hostel, St. Berchmans' College, Changanacherry. He was on the campus ministry for one decade (1962-1972). In 1969, he had the advantage of taking a one year course in Developmental Economics at the prestigious Oxford University.


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