EASOW MAR TIMOTHEOS EPISCOPA [1932-1998]
“The passing away of Rt. Rev. Easow Mar Timotheos is a great loss to the people of
Kerala and particularly to the Mar Thomite Christian Community. The late Bishop’s
piety and dedication to spiritual causes and his work for the upliftment of the poor will be
long remembered. In his death the country has lost a true evangelist of a rare caliber.”
“Easow Mar Timotheos- a glowing morning star shined for the people of the land for a
short while. At his sudden demise in 1988, the then Prime Minister of India Mr. Rajiv
Gandhi testified Thirumeni as the ‘great apostle of India’. That was the influence he
extended in the hearts of the people with a small span of time.”
“His zeal for mission made him dedicate his life for missionary work. He worked as a
member of the Christa Panthi Ashram, Sihora for 21 years, commencing at the age of
20.He had his Theological education at the Leonard Theological College, Jabalpur, and
later at St. Augustine College, Canterbury, U.K. His life of prayer and deep spiritual
experience are his special characteristics. He was deeply interested in rural development
activities. He has been in Japan on two occasions to obtain training in this subject…….
Being also in charge of the parishes in the Arabian Gulf area, he raised funds from there
for the development of Malabar area…”
When God selected David to be the King of Israel, he was a shepherd boy. But later he became the greatest King of Israel. When God called Rev. V. T. Koshy to become a Bishop of the Mar Thoma Church, he was engaged in poultry farming and agricultural development. Later he became one of the greatest evangelists of the Mar Thoma Church, who helped people to find salvation through Jesus Christ.
Birth of V. T. Koshy:
Influence of Sunday school Teachers / Prayer Group Leaders:
There was a prayer fellowship in the Thonniyamala Parish. Kuzhiparampil Avarachen Upadeshi was the leader. Every Monday and Thursday, meetings were held at the school. In addition to that, 4 days in a month were set apart for fasting and devotional meetings. From a very young age, Thankappan practiced fasting, through these meetings.
In AMM Bible Institute- Tiruvalla:
In Sihora, Madhya Pradesh:
In Catholicate College - Pathanamthitta:
Leonard Theological College, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh:
Ashram Life and Training in Japan:
On 11 January, 1975, he was consecrated as Ramban along with Rev. P. T. Joseph (Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Irenaeus). On 8 February, 1975, he was consecrated as Bishop. In the meeting held immediately after the consecration ceremony, he humbly said that he was only poultry expert and that he compared himself with King David. King David was selected by God to be the king of Israel while he was looking after his father’s sheep. God called Rev. V. T. Koshy while he was looking after poultry farms, to be the Bishop of the Mar Thoma Church.
Rt. Rev. Easow Mar Timotheos -As Bishop:
Thirumeni and Sunday School - Samajam:
Thirumeni and Yuvajana Sakhyam:
Thirumeni and Sevika Sanghom:
A Man of Reading:Thirumeni was a man who loved books. He had a thorough knowledge of the Bible and it was his habit to memorize verses whenever possible. After his demise, the Church donated all the books from his personal library to the Sihora Ashram Library in Madhya Pradesh.
Prayer and Fasting:
Identified himself with villagers and poor people:
A Man of Humility:
Bishop Timotheos was a simple and humble man. Even after becoming a Bishop, he found joy in sitting with the common people on the floor, while attending prayer meetings. During his visits to the parishes in the Arabian Gulf area, he showed special interest in the welfare of the Mar Thomites living in labour camps. He was never too busy or occupied to neglect a friendly visit to them.
Bishop of Madras Kunnamkulam Diocese (1977-1984):
Bishop of Adoor Mavelikkara Diocese (1985-1987):
Chungathara College and Wandoor Project:
School for the Deaf and Dumb at Kasargod:
Last days of Life:
In order to visit the parishes and the mission fields in the Andaman Nicobar Islands, Thirumeni arrived at the Port Blair Airport on Saturday 26 March, 1988. The Port Blair parish priest Rev. C. Joseph and a large group of parish members where there at the Airport to receive Thirumeni. It was the Holy week and so Thirumeni had a very busy schedule.
Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is 1255km is away (South) from Calcutta and 1191 km away (East) from Madras. Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group islands. Out of the 300 islands only 45 are inhabited (Population as on 31/12/2004 is 356,265). The Mar Thoma Church started its mission work in the Islands in 1965. Now the Mar Thoma Church in the Islands has 350 families (1500 members). 2 priests and 3 evangelists are stationed there to look after the spiritual needs of the church members.
From Port Blair, Thirumeni visited and conducted Services for all the Mar Thoma congregations in the islands. He even conducted Holy Communion at the CNI Cathedral. On Saturday, 2 April, 1988, All India Radio in Port Blair broadcasted his Easter Message. On Sunday, 10 April, 1988, Thirumeni was the chief guest of the Parish day celebrations of the Port Blair Mar Thoma Parish. On Monday, 11 April, 1988, after conducting a marriage in the Port Blair Church, Thirumeni reached the Airport at 10:05 am for his return journey to the main land. While taking rest in the VIP room Thirumeni had a mild heart attack. Immediately he was taken to the J. B. Panth Hospital in Port Blair. Even though he showed temporary recovery from the sickness, he peacefully passed away at 3.20 pm.
The Government authorities in islands were extremely helpful in making arrangements to send Thirumeni’s body to Kerala. Through the intervention of Mr. Rajiv Gandhi a special Indian Navy plane was arranged and the body was taken to the Cochin Airport on Tuesday, 12 April, 1988. From there the body was taken to the head quarters of the Mar Thoma Church at Tiruvalla. The funeral service was held on Wednesday, 13 April, 1988 at the St. Thomas Church in Tiruvalla. A huge crowd was present to bid farewell to their beloved Bishop. On 13 April, at 1:45 pm he was buried in the Bishops’ cemetery in the SCS Compound, Tiruvalla.
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