Kottayam Diocese Metropolitan, Geevarghese Mar Ivanios Enters Eternal Rest

Geevarghese Mar Ivanios, Kottayam Diocese Metropolitan of the Orthodox Church, passed away on Friday at 7.30 am Indian time. He was 72 and was undergoing treatment at a private hospital here for old age ailments.

Born on November 14, 1940, Geevarghese Mar Ivanios joined the seminary in 1963.  He became the vicar of Karapuzha Chapel after being bestowed with the "Kashisha" title in 1973.  He was promoted as  Baselios Marthoma Mathews I Ramban in 1979.  Geevarghese Mar Ivanios was then promoted as the Episcopa at the Puthiyakavu St. Mary's church in 1985.

Geevarghese Mar Ivanios became the Metropolitan in 1991.  He was a teacher in the Theological Seminary from 1971.  He has authored a book, “Hridaya Sudhikaranam”.  His Grace is also a known guru in meditation!