Thomas Mar Athanasios, one of the most senior bishops of the Kerala-based Orthodox Syrian Church and the Metropolitan of its Chengannur Diocese, passed away after falling from a train near here early this morning.
He was 80.
According to various accounts, the bishop was standing near the door of the coach as he was to alight at the Ernakulam (South) railway station here.
He fell from the coach when the door suddenly slammed on him when the train was near the Pullepady bridge between Ernakulam South at about 5.30 am , the accounts said.
His body has been kept at the Ernakulam General Hospital, sources said, adding that the arrangements for the funeral were yet to be finalised.
The bishop was on his way back from Vadodara in Gujarat, a city with which he has had a long association, going back to the days before he became a priest.
Born on April 3, 1938, he took his B. Sc. (Physics) from S. B. College, Changanacherry, B. Ed. from N.S.S. College, Changanacherry before completing his B. D. from the Serampore College, Calcutta. He later completed his Master of Education (M. Ed.) from M.S. University of Baroda.
He was the founder of the Basil School in Vadodara and went on to found six other schools in Gujarat.
He became the first Metropolitan of the Diocese of Chengannur on August , 1985. Apart from that, he served the church in various other capacities.
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