Abraham Mar Thoma: “…the most Christ like person ever known…”

Abraham Mar Thoma

Abraham Mar Thoma

Abraham Mar Thoma
…the most Christ like person ever known…”

M.N. Abraham was born on 30th October 1880 to Ninan and Mariamma of Marettu House, Kalloopara. He had two sisters. Unfortunately, when Abraham was only 5 years old his father, Ninan, passed away. Abraham’s maternal uncle, Kochukunju of Karikkattil in Eraviperoor took up the responsibility to bring him up. From a very young age, Abraham learned to trust God. 

He was ordained as deacon on 30th April, 1911 by Metropolitan Titus II along with M.P. Pothen at the St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church in Tiruvalla. They were the first priests of the Mar Thoma Church to hold a university degree. Rev. M.N. Abraham was ordained as Thirumeni and was affectionately called Marettu Kochu Thirumeni by people of the church. He later became Abraham Mar Thoma Metropolitan.

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Bishop Stephen Neil’s autobiography God’s Apprentice

(1900 -1984), Anglican Bishop of Tirunelvelli (Tamil Nadu) from 1939 – 1945, was one of the Maramon Convention speakers during the time of Abraham Mar Thoma. In his autobiography he writes about Abraham Mar Thoma :“Bishop Abraham Mar Thoma was the most Christ like person I have ever known. Abraham Mar Thoma was a Bishop of supreme simplicity. From his childhood he learned to trust in the promises of God and to expect that they would be fulfilled. He used to spend whole nights in prayer in order to solve problems.”

 M.P. Pothen (Rev. M.P. Philipose)



M.P. Pothen was born on 24th July 1885 to Potha of Mepurathu House, Keezhuvaipur and Mariamma of Nalamvelil House, Niranam. He became deacon along side Abraham Mar Thoma Metropolitan. After having served as Secretary of Madras YMCA and a teacher at S.C. Seminary School in Tiruvalla and Mar Thoma Seminary School, Kottayam, he went on to become a missionary in Honavar, Karnataka. He even became the President of Honavar Municipality for many years. He passed away on 8 July 1951.

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