Members of the San Luigi Orders: St. Kadavil Paulose Mar Athanasius of Kottayam

Kadavil Paulose Mar Athanasius (Kadavil Kooran) (1833-1907), was Metropolitan of Kottayam in the Syrian Orthodox Church. He was a Patron of the Order of the Crown of Thorns and received that Order from Prince-Abbot Joseph III in a ceremony in Columbo on 30 May 1892.

He was ordained deacon on February 15, 1846 by Cheppad Mar Dionysius and priest at the end of January 1854 (Makaram 6, 1029 in the Syriac calendar) by Mar Kurillos Yuyakkim Bava. Patriarch Moran Mar Ignatius XXXIV Boutros III/IV ordained him Ramban at the Mulanthuruthy Marthoman church in July 1876.

On November 3, 1876, the Patriarch Moran Mar Ignatius XXXIV Boutros III/IV ordained him as Metropolitan at the St.Thomas church, North Paravur, and appointed him Bishop of Kottayam. This diocese had been formed in 1876 as a result of the decision of the historic Mulanthuruthy Synod. From 1891 onwards Kadavil Paulose Mar Athanasius assumed the additional responsibility of Ankamali, the largest diocese in the Malankara church. It was during the time of Kadavil Thirumeni the construction of St. Mary’s church at Thrikkunathu, Alwaye was completed. One of the last wishes of the Metropolitan was to start a seminary at Aluva for teaching Syriac and English for clergy as well as for the laity. With this in mind he donated all his remaining properties and assets to the seminary, which he had inherited from his family.

He was a consecrator of Mar Julius I Alvarez in 1889 and of Prince-Abbot Joseph III in 1892.

On Saturday, 2 November 1907, Kadavil Paulose Mar Athanasius died at the age of 74. His mortal remains were interred in the northern side of the Madbho. Malankara Metropolitan Pulikottil Mor Dionysius Joseph (also a member of the Order of the Crown of Thorns) led the last rites of the Metropolitan.

The tomb of the Metropolitan was later modified when the church was reconstructed by Kuttikkatil Paulose Mar Athanasius. In 2004, Kadavil Paulose Mar Athanasius was canonised by the Syrian Orthodox Church.