DIOCESE OF DELHI

In 1975, the Diocese of Delhi was formed from the Outside Kerala Diocese of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. Since its inception, the Diocese in the National Capital Region has served as the Church’s backbone. The Diocese was first entrusted to the late lamented Dr Paulos Mar Gregorios, of blessed memory, a pioneering thinker and world-renowned scholar whose tireless and courageous leadership was important in leaving his mark in the early stages of the Church. Mar Gregorios' tireless efforts had resulted in the Church's expansion, especially in terms of the vast number of parishes and institutions. What the Diocese now boasts of can be traced to the late lamented Job Mar Philoxenos, the second Metropolitan of the Diocese of Delhi. Today, there are thirteen parishes in and around Delhi alone – Hauz Khas, Janakpuri, Tughlaqabad, SaritaVihar, MayurVihar-I, MayurVihar-III, Rohini, Dwaraka, Dilshad Garden, Ghaziabad, Noida, Gurgaon and Faridabad. Overall, there are forty two parishes including some congregations looked after by forty eight priests, spread over Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi and the United Arab Emirates.

  

DIOCESE AT A GLANCE

Metropolitan

HG Dr Youhanon Mar Demetrios

Secretary

Rev Fr. Saji Yohannan

Parishes

42

Congregations

4

Cor Episcopoi 

1

Priests

48

Mission Project

Mar Philoxenos Centre for Human and Social Development – Shantigram, Mandawar, Haryana

Retreat Centre

St. Dionysius Retreat Centre, Aravalli

  

METROPOLITANS

First Metropolitan

LL HG Dr. Paulos Mar Gregorios

1976 – 1996

Second Metropolitan

LL HG Job Mar Philoxenos

2002 – 2011

Third Metropolitan

HG Dr. Youhanon Mar Demetrios

2012 – Present

 

ASSISTANT METROPOLITANS

LL HG Job Mar Philoxenos

1991 – 2002

HG Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius

2008 – 2010

HG Dr. Youhanon Mar Demetrios

2010 – 2012

 

TIMELINE

1942

Congregation is formed and liturgical worship started by Fr. Mathews (later, HH Baselios MarThoma Mathews II)

1944

Metropolitan of Outside Kerala Diocese Alexios Mar Theodosius visits Delhi

1952

Appointment of First Vicar – Fr. K.C Thomas (later HG Dr Thomas Mar Makarios).

1961

Registration of the Delhi Orthodox Syrian Church Society

1975

The Holy Synod establishes the new Diocese of Delhi from the Outside Kerala Diocese.

1976

Installation of First Metropolitan – HG Dr. Paulos Mar Gregorios

1981

Foundation stone laid for the Delhi Orthodox Centre – HG Dr. Paulos Mar Gregorios (Diocesan Metropolitan)

1984

Blessing of The Delhi Orthodox Centre – HH Baselios MarThoma Mathews I (Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan) and Inaugurated – R. Venkataraman (Vice President of the Republic of India)

1991

Appointment of First Assistant Metropolitan – HG Job Mar Philoxenos

1996

Metropolitan HG Dr Paulos Mar Gregorios enters into heavenly abode

2002

Installation of HG Job Mar Philoxenos as Diocesan Metropolitan

2011

Metropolitan HG Job Mar Philoxenos enters into heavenly abode

2012

Installation of HG Dr Youhanon Mar Demetrios as Diocesan Metropolitan

2019

Blessing of renovated Delhi Orthodox Centre – H.H. Baselios MarThoma Paulose II (Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan)

 

 

HEADQUARTERS:-

Delhi Orthodox Centre

2, Tughlakabad Institutional Area,

Tughlakabad, New Delhi -110044

India

011 29956417, 29962799

http://delhiorthodoxdiocese.com/

 

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