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HIS EXCELLENCY MOST REV. GEEVARGHESE MAR TIMOTHEOS
 
The Metropolitan Emeritus of Tiruvalla


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His Excellency Most Rev. Geevarghese Mar Timotheos was born on 2 February 1928, the feast of the Entrance of Our Lord in the Temple, as the first son of Rev. Father Jacob Chundevalel and Annamma at Amayannoor, Kottayam District. He was strongly influenced by his grandfather Varkey Chundevalel who took him to the Church to participate in the Holy Qurbono with devotion. He completed his primary school education at Amayannoor, middle school education at Itty Memorial School, Manarcadu, and high school education at St. Mary’s School, Kidangoor. The family of Fr. George Chundevalel made their profession of Catholic faith when he was studying in the third forum.  On occasions when he accompanied his father to ‘Aramana’ he attracted the attention of the His Excellency Mar Severios. It was Mar Severios, the Second Bishop of Tiruvalla who inspired him to dedicate his life for the service of the Lord.

He joined the minor seminary of the Eparchy of Tiruvalla in 1943. Having completed his minor seminary life, he was sent to Papal Seminary in Candy for philosophical and theological studies. He was ordained a priest by Bishop Stem on 24 August 1953. He was appointed vicar of parishes of Kothamangalam and Nellimattom. He pursued his studies at Gregorian University in Rome and obtained Master’s Degree in Spiritual Theology.  He was appointed the Rector of the Minor Seminary in 1967, where he served for 13 years. In 1980 he was appointed Vicar of the Cathedral. His Excellency Isaac Mar Yoohanon, the fourth Bishop of Tiruvalla appointed Fr. George as the Proto-Syncellus of the Eparchy in 1984. 

At the demise of His Excellency Isaac Mar Yoohanon in 1987, Fr. George was elected the administrator of the Eparchy. Later the Holy See appointed him the Bishop of Tiruvalla, and he was consecrated Bishop by His Grace Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios on 6 August 1988 at St. John’s Cathedral. He served as the Secretary of the Kerala Catholic Bishop’s Council.  He had been the Vice-president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India in 1994. On 29 March 2003 the Holy See accepted the resignation of His Excellency Geevarghese Mar Timotheos as the eparchial Bishop due to super-annuation. Now he is taking rest at Snehasadan, Pallimala in Tiruvalla. He celebrates his feast day on 22 January

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