Our Leadership


Our Catholicos of the East & Malankara Metropolitan

His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulos II

His Holiness continues leading the Holy Church, emulating the sacrifice and love of the supreme head of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church - Jesus Christ. His Holiness continues to ensure the Malankara Church strengthens in presence in the ecumenical work by having effective and meaningful dialogue with other Churches, especially the Oriental Orthodox Churches. It is with this vision that His Holiness has already offered fraternal visits to to all the Oriental Orthodox Churches, which included fruitful meetings with all the present heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches. The fraternal relations with other Christian Churches have also been given prime importance, as seen in His Holiness' meeting with Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church, which has enhanced the bilateral relations between the two Churches. His Holiness' unassuming character and his philanthropic interests, have given new dimensions to the life of the Holy Church.

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Our Diocesan Metropolitan

His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos

In 2002, His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Mathews II, appointed Metropolitan Mar Nicholovos as the Assistant Metropolitan of the American Diocese, which was led by His Grace Mathews Mar Barnabas, Metropolitan of Blessed Memory. Later, in April 2009, after the American Diocese was divided, His Grace Mar Nicholovos continued assisting Metropolitan Mar Barnabas until his retirement in January 2011. On February 26th 2011, His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the East & Malankara Metropolitan appointed Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos as the ruling Metropolitan of the Northeast American Diocese, and was later enthroned on May 21st, 2011.

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Our Organizing Priest

Rev. Fr. Daniel (Dennis) Mathai

Reverend Father Daniel Mathai, also known as Dennis Achen was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After completing his undergraduate studies in Business Management at Manhattan College, he enrolled into the Master of Divinity program at Saint Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary, in South Canaan, Pennsylvania and graduated in May 2008. Afterwards, he completed the liturgical studies program at the Orthodox Theological Seminary in Kottayam, Kerala, India. Achen completed a residency and fellowship in chaplaincy (Clinical Pastoral Education) at United Hospital in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and Michael E. DeBakey VA Hospital in Houston, Texas. Achen specialized in mental health counseling and substance abuse counseling during his clinical training. Achen had served as the Youth Minister of Saint Gregorios Orthodox Church in Houston, Texas, as well as the MGOCSM General Secretary of North America. In addition to serving our community, Achen serves as a chaplain for the Department of Veterans Affairs.