New Cor-Episcopoi installed
The sacred priestly honor of ‘Cor-Episcopo’ was conferred to Rt. Rev. Monsignor Peter Kochery and Rt. Rev. Monsignor Augustine Mangalath on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at St. Vincent De Paul Syro-Malankara Catholic Cathedral, Elmont, NY. The service began with liturgical reception, followed by Solemn Holy Qurbono, with the eparchial bishop, Most Rev. Dr. Philipos Mar Stephanos as the main celebrant. The service for the installation of the Cor-episcopoi was celebrated during the Holy Qurbono. The homily was given by Most Rev. Dr. Kurt Burnette, the bishop of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic.
His Excellency Most Rev. Yoohanon Mar Chrysostom and His Excellency Most Rev. Jacob Mar Angadiath were also present during the celebrations along with Rt. Rev. Msgr. Peter Kochery Corepiscopo, Very Rev. Msgr. Augustine Mangalath Corepiscopo, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Gigi Philip, Rev. Dr. Saji Mukkoott, Rev. Noby Ayyaneth, Rev. Fr. Abraham Lukose, Rev. Dr. Oonnoony George, Rev. Fr. Binny Philip, Rev. Fr. Michael Edathil, Rev. Dr. Jacob Thekkeparambil, and Fr. John Meleppuram. Many laity including the family members of the newly installed Cor-episcopoi were present during this auspicious and historical moment in the annals of St. Mary Queen of Peace Eparchy in USA and Canada.
The felicitation gathering was conducted after the Holy Qurbono, with the bishop of the Eparchy giving the welcome address. The insignia of the Cor-episcopo honor - the sash and the official Bull of the announcement - were conferred. Mementos were presented to the new Cor-episcopoi by Sr. Arpitha SIC, representing the religious of the Eparchy, and by Philipose Mathew, representing the laity. The cake cutting was followed by felicitation address by Most Rev. Jacob Mar Angadiath and Most Rev. Yoohanon Mar Chrysostom. This was followed by the reply speech delivered by Rt. Rev. Peter Kochery Corepiscopo and vote of thanks given by Rt. Rev. Msgr. Gigi Philip.
The celebrations concluded with agape. Almost 500 people were present to witness the occasion.