His Grace Dr.Joseph Mar Dionysius

Metropolitan of Calcutta Diocese

Date of Birth 15th June 1956
Parents ( Name) Youngest son of late T.V.Mathai and Annamma Mathai, Thekkil Kandathil

Educational Qualifications

Sl.No. Qualification Year Class/ Grade Board/University
1 S.S.L.C 1971 Kerala State Education Board
2 PDC 1975 First Class University of Kerala
3 B.Sc.(Zoology) 1979 I Class, IV rank Madras University
4 M. Sc. (Zoology) 1981 University I Rank with outstanding Grade Honored with the Chithness Gold Medal and Certificate of Merit in 1981 from Madras University
5 M.Phil (Zoology) 1988 A Grade Kerala University
6 Ph.D (Zoology) 1995 Kerala University
7 B.D. (Theology) 1996 First Class Seramapore University
8 Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Christian leadership 2005 Commendable Haggai International Institute for Advanced Christian leadership, Singapore
9 D.Litt 2017 Honorary Doctrate Award as recommended by Dr.S.Radhakrishnan Research & Development Centre, India University of South America, USA

Merits & Awards

1 Chitness Gold Medal and Merit Certificate from the university of madras in 1981 for proficiency in studies.
2 ‘Man of the Year Award’ in 2003 from the Biographical Institute, America.
3 ‘St. Berchman’s Award’ in 2008 for the best College/University Professor
4 ‘Doctor of Divinity’ from Concordia Lutheran Theological Open University (2016)


Date / Year Details of Ordinations 
July 15th 1971 Accepted as member to the Society of ‘Sacred Transfiguration’, Mount Tabor Dayara, Pathanapuram by the late lamented Thoma Mar Dionysius Metropolitan.
July 5th 1980 Ordained as Deacon by His Grace Thomas Mar Thimitheos Metropolitan at Ashram Chapel, Pathanapuram, Kerala.
Dec 4th 1985 Ordained as Priest by His Grace Thomas Mar Thimitheos Metropolitan at Ashram Chapel, Pathanapuram, Kerala.
Dec 4th 2008 Elevated as Ramban (Professed Monk) by H.H.Baselios Marthoma Didymos I at Parumala Seminary, Kerala.
Feb 19th 2009 Consecrated as Metropolitan by H.H.Baselios Marthoma Didymos I at St. Georgeon Orthodox Pilgrim Church / Centre, Puthuppally, Kerala.


Sl. No. Service in Brief 
A. Earlier 
1 Served as Teacher / Professor at St. Stephen’s College, Pathnapuram., Kerala for 29 Years from 1981 to 2009.
2 Served as Reader & Director Zoology & Environmental Biology Research Center, St. Stephan’s College, Pathnapuram, Kerala for 12 Years from 1996 to 2009.
3 Served as Vicar in 9 various Churches under the Diocese of Thumpamon, Kerala from 1986 to 2008.
4 Served as Secretary for Clergy Association, Diocese of Thumpamon for 10 Years.
5 Served as Kollam District President, Joint Ecological Commission, Kerala Christian Council of Churches (KCC).
6 Leader, Haggai International Institute for Advanced Leadership Skills Atlanta, GA 30370, Singapore.
7 Guest Faculty, Department  of Environmental Science, Kerala University.
8 Asst. Metropolitan, Diocese of Delhi for 2 Years.
9 President, Outside Kerala Sunday School Region (OKR-OSSAE) for 5 Years from 2012-2017.
B. At Present
1 Metropolitan, Diocese of Calcutta from 1st April 2009.
2 Director / President, St. Thomas Mission, Bhilai from 1st April 2009.
3 Vice President, Ecological Commission of the Church.
4 Co-President, Church Mission Board & Vice President, Church Mission Board (OKR)
5 Life Member, Mount Tabor Dayara, Pathanapuram, Kerala.
6 Research Guide, Faculty of Science, University of Kerala.
7 Life Member, Society for Advancement of Entomology, University of Kerala.
8 State Level TSG Member Kerala State Government Bio Diversity Board.
9 Author & Resource Person in Environment & Eco Theology
10 Vice-President C.G. Christian Education Societies (ACCES)
11 Guest Faculty Eco / Green Theology, St. Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary (STOTS), Nagpur

In 1981, Deacon joined at St. Stephens College, Pathanapuram as a Lecturer in Zoology. Fr. Markose Joseph became Reader in 1995 and the Director of the Zoology Research Centre in 2000. His Grace was a member of more than a dozen academic bodies and organizations. H.G. has published more than 25 papers in National /International academic journals. H.G. most well-read book is ‘Paristhithy Adyatemeekata’ (Environmental Spirituality) which elucidates Christian humanism and the orthodox theological vision of the environment.

His Grace is an outstanding orator, retreat father, eco-theologian and multi-disciplinary resource person. In 2003, he was honoured by the Board of International Research, American Biographical Institute with the ‘man of the year’ awards.