10 April, 1913: Birth of Alexander Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan. Alexander Mar Thoma was born in 1913 as the son of Rev. M. C. George (17 Apr.1874-23 Oct.1923), Maliyekkal, Kuriannoor.
Before his ordination, he was a teacher at Kottayam C M S High School for 12 years. He took his Ph.D. on the Bhagavad-Gita (Holy Book of the Hindus) from the Kennedy School of Mission of the Hartford Seminary Foundation, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
He was ordained in 1945 and became bishop on 23 May, 1953. He became the Metropolitan of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church in 1976 and passed away on 11 January 2000.