HIS EXCELLENCY MOST REV. DR. THOMAS MAR ANTHONIOS
His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Thomas Mar Anthonios OIC was born on 25 November 1955 at Adoor in the District of Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India. His parents are late C. Koshy and Kunjamma. After his schooling at Adoor and Kattanam he joined the Order of the Imitation of Christ or Bethany Ashram and made his First Profession in the year 1974. He had his priestly formation at Bethany Ashram Pune and took the bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Theology from the Jnanadeepa Vidyapeeth Pune. He was ordained priest on 27 December 1980 by Most Rev. Cyril Mar Baselios, at Mar Ivanios Nagar, Kottayam, the venue of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Reunion Movement initiated by the Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios. He completed his graduation from the University of Kerala. From the Pontifical Oriental Institute Rome he took his Doctorate in Oriental Canon Law. He was engaged in the ministry of the Bethany Ashram in various offices such as Master of Pre-Philosophers, Master of Pre-Novices, Procurator and Rector of Bethany Ashram Pune. He was the Director of Bethany Vedvijnana Peeth, Institute of Oriental Theology Pune. He served the Congregation as a member of General Council for two consecutive terms. His pastoral activities in the Church were primarily in the field of the organization of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in the Extraterritorial Regions in India, especially in Pune. He also served the Archieparchy of Tiruvalla as its Judicial Vicar, the Postulator of the Cause of Canonisation of the Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios. Besides Malayalam and English, he speaks Hindi, German and Italian and knows Syriac.He was appointed the Curia Bishop of the Major Archiepiscopal Curia on 25 January 2010. He was ordained Curia bishop on 13 March 2010. He was appointed the first Exarch of Exarchate of St Ephrem of Khadki-Pune on 30 May 2015. On 23 November 2019 he was appointed the first Eparchial Bishop of the new Eparchy of St Ephrem of Khadki-Pune.