Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios

Archbishop Mar Ivanios, a luminous figure of the 20th century, was a tireless apostle for social upliftment. Born in 1892, in the ancient �Mallitti Paniker� family of Mavelikara, Alappuzha, Mar Ivanios created a sensation by his reunion with the Catholic Church in 1930. Since he was the first among the Kerala clergy who took an M. A. degree, he was called by the people �M. A. Achan�. He is the founder of Re-union Movement, he is the first Metropolitan Archbishop of Trivandrum, and he is the founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Imitation of Christ. Mar Ivanios passed away on 15th July 1953. A man endowed with rare and sterling qualities, both of mind and heart, the Archbishop was at home with the down trodden and the marginalized in the society. He was a Social Reformer who made significant contributions to our nation. He considered social education as the best means for uplifting the social and economic condition of the people. He was the one who opened the very first home for the abandoned children at Perunadu, Kerala. As the founder of Bethany he is our guiding star of social apostolate.