About - The Rt. Rev. Dr. Mathews Mar Makarios Episcopa
Bishop Mar Makarios (Rev. Dr. Varghese Mathai) was born on February 25, 1953. He is the son of Mr. K.E. Mathew and Kunjamma of Kalayil Kannanpoikayil. Thirumeni’s mother parish is Thumpamon Immanuel Mar Thoma Church in Pathanamthitta District.
Thirumeni completed his bachelor’s degree in Theology from Kottayam Vaideeka Seminary (1975–1978). Makarios Thirumeni was ordained as a Deacon on April 21, 1978 at Kozhencherry St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church by Joseph Mar Ireaneus Episcopa and as a priest on May 22, 1978 at Thiruvalla St. Thomas Church by Alexander Mar Thoma Metropolitan. He was ordained as a Ramban on May 7, 2011 and consecrated as an Episcopa on August 13, 2011.
Thirumeni obtained his M.Th. from FFRRC, Kottayam (1983–1985) and his Ph.D. from SATHRI, Bangalore (1991–1994), based on the subject “The Revelation of Christ in John’s Gospel of the New Testament.”
Thirumeni served as a priest in parishes at Ranny Valiyakavu MTC, Karimpanamkuzhy MTC, Kumali MTC, Anakkara MTC, Vandenmedu MTC, Calcutta MTC, Nattaseri MTC, Sydney, Australia, New Zealand parishes, and Othara Ebenezer MTC. He also served as the student chaplain in the Kottayam-Ranni Diocese and as Bahya Kerala Eastern Zonal Secretary.
Thirumeni taught New Testament for 18 years at various institutions including Leonard Theological College, Jabalpur, Mar Thoma Theological Seminary, Kottayam, and FFRRC. Thirumeni also served on the Research Committee of Serampore University, Calcutta and Dean of Doctoral Studies at FFRRC.
Thirumeni has written several books in Christian theology including “Paraclete: The Experience of the Holy Spirit,” “Jesus the Good Shepherd,” “എബ്രായര്ക്ക് എഴുതിയ ലേഖന വ്യാഖ്യാനം(Criticism on the Epistle to Hebrews),” “കൊരിന്ത്യര്ക്കെഴുതിയ ഒന്നാം ലേഖനം ഒരു പഠനം(1st Epistle to Corinthians),” “ശിഷ്യത്വം : വിളിയും നിയോഗവും (Discipleship: Calling and Responsibility)”.
He is presently in charge of the Kottayam – Kochi Diocese.