Mar Julius I Alvares is declared a saint

mar alvares portrait

Mar Julius I Alvares and his brother priest Fr. R.Z. Noronha have been declared saints by the Catholicos of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, His Beatitude Baselios Marthoma Paulose II during a mass at the SMS Auditorium at Brahmavar in Udupi district on Sunday 6 December. The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church is recognized as the parent jurisdiction of the Order of Antioch.

A news article on this matter in The Hindu can be found at this link.

This brings to six the number of saints who have been members of the San Luigi Orders. The others are:

Saint Geevarghese Mar Gregorios of Parumala (Parumala Thirumeni)
canonised by the Indian Orthodox Church and the Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church

Saint Kadavil Paulose Mar Athanasius of Kottayam
canonised by the Syrian Orthodox Church

Saint George Alexander McGuire
canonised by the African Orthodox Church

Saint Aftimios Ofiesh
canonised by the American Orthodox Catholic Church

Saint Churchill Sibley
canonised by the Orthodox Catholic Church in England

The Catholicos is pictured below dedicating a new church on 5 December.

H.B. the Catholicos dedication of church

Photograph credit: Fr. Abraham Kuriakose (SMS Brahmavar)