DR. C. T. EAPEN
Educationist, ecumenist, visionary, writer, theologian and a great lover of the Orthodox Church, Rev. Dr. C. T. Eapen will be remembered for his contributions to the church and society. Born to God-fearing and noble parents, Thommi Muthalaly and Aleyamma in the Nellimoottil Chavadiyil family of Adoor, he had his education in India and America. It was his great desire to start an institution of learning mode lled on the best institutions he had seen abroad. After taking his M.A. and Ph.D in education from Chicago University, came back and started a Residential School in Sasthamcotta on the banks of the Sasthamcotta lake, and spent his time and energy in moulding the character of the students there. Fr.C.T.Eapen was ordained as a deacon by Syrian Patriarch Mar Aphrem at Jerusalemm and later as a priest by H.G. Kuiackose Mar Grgorios of Pampady. He also served as a member of the Malankara Association Managing Committee and working Committee and served for sometime as a Professor in the Orthodox Theological Seminar, Kottayam. He was the Governing Board Member of Mount Tabor Dayara, Pathanapuram, Catholicate College, Pathanamthitta, and also served in the Inter-Church Relations Committee of the Orthodox Syrian Church. He represented the Orthodox Syrian Church of India at the second W.C.C. Assembly in Evanston (1954) and the 2nd Vatican Council, 1962, as an observer. He inspired the youth of the Orthodox church through his activities in the Students Movement and was the first general secretary of the Orthodox student conference.The Malankara Association elected Fr.Eapen to the Episcopate (as Bishop) which he declined. The ecumenical journal 'The Star of the East' started by him conveyed to the other Christian churches, knowledge about the Indian Church of St. Thomas. Dr. Eapen left a legacy to the church, which has been taken up and nurtured by the Trust which was chaired by H.G. Mathews Mar Coorilos, the then Metropolitan of Quilon Diocese and late the Catholicos of the Orthodox church.