His Grace Dr. Yakob Mar Irenaios (2009 to Present)
Life Line: Original Name: Jacob, Date of Birth: 15 Aug 1945.
Ordination Dates: Deacon-1970, Priest-1975, Episcopa-1993, Metropolitan-2002
His Grace was born on 15 August 1949 to Mr. T.O. Cherian Mrs. Kunjelyamma Cherian of Aruvidan Pallikal Family, Kallupara. He did his high-schooling at M G D High School, Puthussery and pre-degree course at Chengannur Christian College. In His Grace’s case, degrees galore. He had his bachelors and masters in English literature from Madras University. Thereupon, he did his B.Ed and M.Ed from Kerala University. He took M.A. in philosophy from Kerala University and then did his Ph.D. Coming to the theological front, His Grace did his B.D. degree from Serampore University and M.Th from Princeton Theological Seminary in the U.S. He was ordained a deacon in 1970 by late His Grace Thoma Mar Dionysius and a priest in 1975 by late His Grace Thomas Mar Timotheos. H.G. Dr. Yakob Mar Irenaios became a Remban on 19 December 1992.
On 16 August 1993, H.H. Baselios Mar Thoma Mathews II consecrated him as Episcopa and named as Yakob Mar Irenaios. In August 1995, he was given charge of the Malabar Diocese as the assistant Metropolitan. When Zacharia Mar Dionysius departed for the eternal life, His Grace was given the charge of Madras Diocese. He was shifted to the Diocese of Kochi in 2009.
Life Line: He was born on 19 July 1946 to Mr. W.C. Abraham and Mrs. Mariamma of Attumalil Varambathu family, Punallor, Pathanthitta. On the educational front, he took his B.A. from Kerala University, GST from Theological Seminary, and B.D. degree from Serampore University.
Fr. Sacharia had a long stint at the Kollam Bishop House as the manager of it. He served many parishes including Nedumbayikulam, Kulathupuzha, and Kollam Kadeesa. He was elected to the post of metropolitan on 28 December 1989 and was ordained on 30 April 1991 by H.H. Baselios Marthoma Mathews-I. He was given the charge of Cochin Diocese.
His Grace plays three major roles at present. First, as the Metropolitan of the Cochin Diocese. Two, as the president of the All Malankara Martha Mariam Vanitha Samajam. Three, as the president of Sleebadasa Group.