Dr Philipose Mar Chrysostom, one of India's well-known religious leaders and the oldest serving Bishop died on Wednesday. e was 103. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and paid rich tribute to Reverend Dr Philipose Mar Chrysostom. ''Saddened by the demise of His Grace The Most Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan. He will be remembered for his rich theological knowledge and many efforts to remove human suffering. Condolences to the members of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church,'' PM Modi tweeted. Dr Philipose Mar Chrysostom, was awarded the Padma Bhushan by President Ram Nath Kovind in 2018. Well-known Malayalam filmmaker, Blessy has made a documentary on the life and vision of the Bishop - '100 years of Mar Chrysostom.'
Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan is credited with implementing many projects for the benefit of the poor and the downtrodden. He was born on April 27, 1918.Mar Chrysostom Valiya Matropolitan had celebrated his birthday on April 27 at a private medical college at Tiruvalla. He was admitted to the hospital following urinary infection and had tested Covid positive. However he later tested negative and was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday. He was shifted shifted to the Fellowship Mission hospital at Kumbanadu later. However, his health deteriorated around midnight and he breathed his last at 1.15 am. The mortal remains of the metropolitan have been kept at Alexander Memorial Mar Thoma hall at 8 am on Wednesday for public homage. The funeral will be held at 3 pm on Thursday. After obtaining BA Degree from Union Christian College, Aluva, Philip Oommen had involved in missionary work in Ankola, Karnataka. He completed Theological studies at United Theological College in Bangalore and was ordained as Deacon on January 1,1944. Along with theological studies he fulfilled the duty of leading the Bangalore Parish. He later served as Vicar of Kottarakkara, Mylom, Pattamala, Manganam St. Peters and Thiruvananthapuram parishes.He was ordained as Episcopa on May 23, 1953 with the name Philipose Mar Chrysostom Episcopa.