About the Bishop

Born: 6 June 1961
Ordained Priest: 29 December 1986
Consecrated Bishop: 21 September 2010
Installation: 3 October, 2010
Appointed the first Bishop of the newly established Eparchy of St. Mary, Queen of Peace of the Syro-Malaknara Faithful in USA and Canada: 18 December, 2015
Installation as the first Bishop of the new Eparchy: 23 January, 2016

Most Rev. Dr. Thomas Mar Eusebius was ordained a bishop on September 21, 2010 at St. Mary's Cathedral, Trivandrum by His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Catholicos, Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church. Mar Eusebius was installed as the first bishop of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Apostolic Exarchate in the USA on October 3, 2010 at Kellenberg High School, Uniondale, New York.

Bishop Eusebius was born on June 6, 1961 as the fourth child of Naickamparambil Mr. N.T. Varghese and Sosamma Varghese. He has one brother and three sisters. His native parish is Sacred Heart Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, Mylapra in the present Diocese of Pathanamthitta. He had his school education in Sacred Heart High School, Mylapra. Having passed the Matriculation Examination with first class in 1976, he joined the St. Aloysius Minor Seminary of the Archdiocese of Trivandrum to pursue his priestly studies. After completing the minor seminary training and the Pre-University studies successfully, he was sent to the Papal Seminary, Pune for his priestly training in Philosophy and Theology. He completed the Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy in 1982 and Bachelor's Degree in Theology in 1986 from the Jnanadeepa Vidyapeeth, Pune.

Bishop Eusebius was ordained a priest on December 29, 1986 at his home parish by His Grace the Most Rev. Benedict Mar Gregorios. After his ordination, he continued his Master's degree course in Philosophy in Jnanadeepa Vidyapeeth and completed it in 1988. Having returned to his home Archdiocese, he was appointed Vicar of the Syro-Malankara Catholic parishes at Kudassanad, Poozhikkad, Pandalam and Kurampala and Visiting Lecturer of Philosophy at the St. Mary's Malankara Seminary, Trivandrum. In 1989 he was appointed Resident Lecturer at the St. Mary's Malankara Seminary and Assistant Pastor at the Syro-Malankara Catholic parishes at Puthencavuvila, Thoongampara, Punnavoor, Kattuvila and Barton Hill. In 1992 he received Bachelor's Degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Kerala.

In 1993 Mar Eusebius was sent to Rome to pursue Doctoral studies in Philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He completed Doctorate in Philosophy in 1997 and returned to his home Archdiocese. He was appointed professor of Philosophy and English at the St. Mary's Malankara Seminary where he continued to teach till 2010 when he was elected to be a Bishop. From 2000 to 2007 he served as the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the St. Mary's Malankara Seminary. During this time, he also served as Visiting Professor of Philosophy at St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor, Vincentian Philosophate, Bangalore, Carmel Hill Philosophate, Trivandrum, Benedictine Seminary, Kappad, Missionary Orientation Center, Kottayam, etc..

Along with his assignment in the seminary, Bishop Eusebius served as the Pastor of the Syro-Malankara Catholic parishes at Kallayam, Arassanmoodu, Chenthipur and Kavadithala in the Archdiocese of Trivandrum. For the duration of two terms he served as the secretary of the Presbyteral Council of the Archdiocese of Trivandrum. In April 1998 he attended the Synod of Bishops for Asia in Rome, as a theological expert. In 2005 he was appointed Secretary to the Synodal Commission for Clergy of the Holy Episcopal Synod of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church.

In 2007 Bishop Eusebius was appointed the Priests' Personal of the Major Archdiocese of Trivandrum, Member of the Major Archdiocesan Council and Bursar of the Sarvodaya Vidyalaya groups of Schools in Trivandrum. All these offices he continued to hold till his nomination to Episcopacy.

On July 14, 2010 Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI established an Apostolic Exarchate for the Syro-Malankara Catholic Faithful in the USA and appointed the then Dr. Thomas Naickamparambil as the first bishop of the Exarchate and Apostolic Visitator to the Syro-Malankara Catholics in Europe and Canada. Dr. Naickamparambil received the status of a Remban (monk, according the Syro-Malankara tradition) on September 11, 2010 at his home parish. On September 2010 as Dr. Naickamparambil was ordained a bishop, he assumed the new name Thomas Mar Eusebius. His Episcopal motto is 'to be everything to everyone in Christ' (1 Cor. 9:22).

On December 18, 2015 Holy Father Pope Francis established the Eparchy of St. Mary, Queen of Peace of the Syro-Malankara Faithful in the USA and Canada and appointed Bishop Eusebius as the first Bishop of the new Eparchy. Along with this appointment, the Bishop was relieved of his responsibility as the Apostolic Visitator to Europe. The announcement regarding the same was made on January 4, 2016. The installation of Bishop Eusebius was held on January 23, 2016 at the St. Vincent de Paul Malankara Catholic Cathedral in Elmont, New York.

Bishop Eusebius has authored the book, 'Through Self-Discovery to Self-Transcendence, A Study of Cognitional Self-Appropriation in B. Lonergan'. The book was published by the Gregorian University Press, Rome. Besides Malayalam, his mother tongue and English, Bishop Eusebius speaks German and Italian.

Presently Mar Eusebius is member in the Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People and in the Subcommittee for the Asian and Pacific Island Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).