A brief Glipmse in the Development of the diocese of Delhi
H.G.LATE, DR. PAULOSE MAR GREGORIOS 1ST METROPOLITAN OF DELHI DIOCESE
1942 A congregation is formed and liturgical worship started by Rev. Fr. Mathews ( the present Catholicose, Moran Mar Baselios Mar Thoma Mathews II)
1944 Metropolitan Alexios Mar Theodosios of Kollam and the " Diocese outside Kerala" visits Delhi to explore the feasibility of building an Orthodox Church in the National capital.
1952 During the second visit of Mar Theodosios, the congregation decides to take steps to construct a church of their own. The Delhi parish is formally launched. Fr. K.C Thomas (now the Metropolitan of Canada, U.K, and Europe Diocese, Dr.Thomas Mar Makarios) is appointed as the first resident Vicar of the parish of Delhi.
1961 The Delhi Orthodox Syrian Church Society is registered with the three-fold aim of establishing a place of worship for the parish and an educational institution and a healthcare facility to the public.
1964 The Foundation stone of the St. Mary's Church (later Cathedral)
at Hauz Khas, is laid by the Patriarch of Antioch, Moran Mar Ignatius Yalkoub III with the participation of the Diocesan Metropolitan Mathews Mar Athanasios ( who subsequently became the Catholicos, Moran Mar Baselios Mar Thoma Mathews I).
1968 The St.Mary's Church is consecrated by the Diocesan Metropolitan Mathews Mar Athanasios.
1975 The Holy Synod establishes the new Diocese of Delhi.
1976 His Grace Dr.Paulos Mar Gregorios takes charge as the Metropolitan of Delhi.
1981 Foundation stone of the Delhi Orthodox center is laid by H.G Dr.Paulos Mar Gregorios the then Metropolitan of the Diocese.
1984 The Delhi Orthodox Centre is dedicated by the late Catholicos, H.H Baselios Mar Thoma Mathews I and is inaugurated by the then Vice President of India, Shri R. Venkataraman.
1991 His Grace Job Mar Philoxenos joins the Diocese as the Assistant Metropolitan.
1996 H. G. Dr. Paulose Mar Gregorios Metropolitan enters the heavenly Abode and H.G. Job Mar Philoxenos Metropolitan takes charge of Diocese.
1.Dr. Paulos Mar Gregorios Award
1998 – H.H. Dalai Lama - for Inter –faith dialogue and co-operation
1999- Dr. Verghese Kurian - for community self renewal
2002- Dr. P.K. Warier - for Holistic Medicine
2005 – Baba Amte - for Social work
1998 – Shantigram Mission project was inaugurated . Venue was St. Mary's Orthodox Church , Faridabad
2003 – Sunthroniso service of H.G. Job Mar Philoxenos was held.
H.G. JOB MAR PHILOXENOS METROPOLITAN OF DELHI DIOCESE
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