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Baselios Thomas I

His Beatitude Catholicos
Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I
Catholicos of the East & Chief Metropolitan of India
Native name ആബൂന്‍ മോര്‍ ബസേലിയോസ് തോമസ്‌ പ്രഥമന്‍ കാതോലിക്ക ബാവ
Church Jacobite Syrian Christian Church
(part of the Syriac Orthodox Church)
Appointed 26 July 2002
Predecessor Mor Baselios Poulose II
Ordination September 1958
Personal details
Born (1929-07-22) 22 July 1929
Puthencruz, Kerala. India
Nationality Indian
Denomination Jacobite Syrian

Catholicos Baselios Thomas I (Mal: ആബൂന്‍ മോര്‍ ബസേലിയോസ് തോമസ്‌ പ്രഥമന്‍ കാതോലിക്ക ബാവ, b: July 22, 1929) is the third Maphrian i.e. Catholicos of the Syriac Orthodox Church in India and Metropolitan Trustee of the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church.

His official title is Catholicos of India. On 26 July 2002 he was enthroned as the third maphriyono and the head of the Jacobite Faction in India by Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East in a ceremony held in Damascus, Syria. The position had remained vacant between 1996 (date of death of Catholicos Baselios Paulose II) and 2002.


  • Childhood 1
  • Priesthood 2
  • Episcopacy 3
  • Catholicos/Maphrian Ordination 4


Catholicos Baselios Thomas I was born in the Cheruvillil family of Vadayambadi in Puthencruz to Mathai and Kunjamma on July 22, 1929. Early part of the life of Mor Baselios Thomas I was of sufferings. Though he belonged to an aristocratic family, by the time he was born the family had seen bad days. As a child he had frequent bouts of illness which affected his education. His mother used to take the young boy frequently to the nearby Malekurishu Dayro where the relics of late Patriarch St. Elias III had been interred.


His priestly formation was under the guidance of Mor Philoxenos Paulos (later Catholicos Bhilai and in 1974 as the secretary of the Pourasthaya Suvishesha Samajam. Since his ordination as korooyo, at age 24, Thomas was active in preaching the gospel in the remote parts of Kerala. From his vision and zeal to spread the gospel arose the St. Paul's prayer fellowship and the Puthencruz gospel convention which is held annually from December 26–31.


Thomas was elected to the episcopate by the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Christian Association meeting at Karingachira St. George Church in January 1974 and was consecrated metropolitan of the Angamali diocese, the largest Syriac Orthodox diocese, by Mor Ignatius Ya`qub III on February 24, 1974 at Damascus along with Geevarghese Mor Gregorios (Perumpally Thirumeni). The two metropolitans played a significant role in leading the church during the crisis of the seventies. After the passing away of Mor Gregorios Geevarghese in February 1999, Mor Dionysius assumed the Presidency of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church Synod and was elected Catholicose-Designate at the delegates meeting held at Puthenkurishu on December 27, 2000 and again by the Malankara Association reconstituted under the newly formed constitution on June 6, 2002.

Catholicos/Maphrian Ordination

On July 26, 2002, Mor Dionysius was consecrated Catholicos by name Baselios Thomas I in a rite officiated by Patriarch H.H. Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and Supreme Head of the Syriac Orthodox Church at Ma`rat Sayyidnaya, Damascus. As the head of the Church in

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