SORNet is a directory of Syriac Orthodox Christians on the internet from all over the world. Beyond being a mere directory, it offers a glimpse into the diversity of people all over the world professing the Syriac Orthodox Christian faith.
The Syriac Orthodox Resources Editorial Board invites all Syriac Orthodox Christians to be enlisted on SORNet. Please send an email to the Web Master with a brief bio including full name, family name, place of origin, current place of residence, education, occupation, family, any interests you would like to share, parish affiliation, any church activities, etc. Please note that the directory is intended for the Syriac Orthodox Church members, although on request others from churches of Syriac tradition are also listed.
||Brief Biographical Sketch
||Born in 1973. Native of
Kottayam, Kerala. Deacon, Board of Trustees secretary and Youth League
President at the St. George's church, Bethany, OK. Nursing Science
student at Oklahoma City Community College.
||St. George's, Bethany, OK
Dn. Joshy C.
||Deacon Joshy was born in
Neendapara in Ernakulam District, Kerala, and belongs to the Chembakasseril
family. He graduated in Civil Engineering from Mar Athanasius College
of Engineering, Kothamangalam, Kerala in 1990 and now works as a Planning
Engineer in Dubai. He was ordained deacon in March 1999. He is very
keenly interested in church history, theology and teachings of the
Holy Fathers and is very concerned about the deterioration of the
Holy places and monasteries of our church in the Middle east.
||St. John's, Chempankuzhy,
St. Mary's, Sharjah
|Abraham, Dr. Mathews
||Born in Kerala, India, Dr.
Mathews studied at C.M.S. College, Kottayam and graduated in Medicine
from Banaras Hindu University, India in 1972. He obtained a post graduate
diploma in Tropical Medicine from Liverpool University, England in 1984.
While in India, Dr. Mathews was a member of the John the Baptist Attamangalam
Church of Kumarakom, in the Kottayam Diocese of Malankara, and has been
a member of St.Mary's Jacobite Syrian Church, Sharjah, U.A.E since its
inception in 1980. He served as the Vice President of the Church Building
Committee which built the new church in Sharjah. This is the first church
of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church in the Middle East and was consecrated
by H.H. Moran Mar Ignatius Zakka 1 Iwas on 28th November, 1997. Dr.
Mathews resides in Sharjah, U.A.E. with his wife and 3 children and
runs a private Polyclinic.
||St. Mary's, Sharjah, U.A.E.
||Thomas was born in 1954 in the Thandasseril family, Thiruvanchoor, Kottayam. He graduated from CMS College Kottayam in 1974 and is employed as a productivity consultant in Bahrain, where he migrated to in 1977. He was one of the founding members of the St Peter's Church in Manama (established in 1978) and continues to serve in the managing committee. He also teaches Sunday School Xth grade. Thomas was selected to represent the Christian community in Bahrain in a Hindu-Christian-Muslim dialogue conducted in 2002, by the 'Discover Islam' organization sponsored by the government of Bahrain.
St. Peter's, Manama, Bahrain
Gewargis bar Iskender
||Gewargis was born in 1974
in Arnas, a place near Midyat in Tur-Abdin, Turkey. He immigrated to
the Netherlands in 1980. He is a student of theology in the third year
at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, residing at St.
Ephrem's monastery in Glane, Losser. He also serves as a sub-deacon
in the Mar Ignatius church at Rijssen. He hopes to continue his education
at the theological seminary
in Damascus, Syria.
||Mar Ignatius, Rijssen, Netherlands
||Dolfen was born in Beirut,
Lebanon in 1975 although her family is originally from Miden, Turkey.
She has a degree in Honours Social Sciences, and has also recently graduated
with a B.A. in a Joint Honours Program in Classical Archaeology and
Anthropology. She has majored in three areas: International Studies,
Jewish Studies, and Quebec and Canada Studies. She is currently enrolled
in the Masters degree program in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology at the
University of Toronto, Canada. Her main area of focus is Syrian Archaeology.
Apart from archaeology, her other passions include the study of languages,
both ancient and modern, and reading.
||St. Jacques Cathedral, Montreal
||Emelin's parents, Yahko
and Naila Akkaya originally are from Enhil, a village near the City
of Mardin, Turkey and migrated to Wiesbaden, Germany as foreign workers
at the end of the sixties. Her fatherīs family is called Sohdo and
her mother's Gahja. Emelin was born in 1972 as the eldest of five
children in Wiesbaden, where she attended grammar school. Afterwards
she received training in a computer firm in economics and is currently
studying education science and linguistics at the Johannes-Gutenberg-University
in Mainz. Her interests are in didactic and psychological aspects
of learning. Besides she took part in a university program on migration
and comparing education systems in Europe. She also has interests
in computer linguistics. She hopes to leverage her varied interests
in developing learning software and building up a social network that
supports her church.
||St Gabriel, Wiesbaden
||Luk's origins are in Bťkusyonť in Tur'abdin, but current resides in Belgium. He finished school in 2002 and is currently a studying engineering. He loves to learn Syriac and is currently a qoruyo at his church.
||Holy Virgin, Brussels
||Avgin's roots are in Marbobo,
Turkey but has resided in Belgium since 1980 when he was four. He
has gone back to his village once but found no one there since everyone
had fled the village due to the difficult circumstances there. He
has three brothers and two sisters. Avgin likes to play football and
other sports. He works with his brothers.
||Turan was born in Keban, Turkey,
in 1971. His family emigrated to Stockholm, Sweden, in 1976, where he
completed high school studies in natural science. In 1990, Turan left
for Seattle, USA to begin university studies at Pacific Lutheran University.
After completing a bachelor's degree in economics, he moved to Luxembourg
to work for Merrill Lynch as a banker. In 2002, Jack founded a company
based in Zurich and serves as the chief executive officer of the company.
Turan's family continues to reside in Sweden. Turan is interested in
establishing contacts with people of the Syriac origin who are active
in the business community in Europe, USA and Middle East.
Kerim & Patricia
||Born in Mardin, Turkey,
Kerim moved to Los Angeles at the age of 16. Kerim holds a Bachelor's
in Computer Engineering. He is actively involved in the activities
of St. Ephraim's Syrian Orthodox Cathedral, Burbank. He has served
as the Youth Club President, School Founding President, member of
the Board of Trustees and an active member of the choir. Patti was
born in Detroit, Michigan, where she lived for 18 years. She has also
been actively involved in the church having served as a Sunday School
teacher, Youth Vice President, etc. The couple have a son Gabriel.
Ephraim's, Burbank, CA
|Alyassi, Naofal Abu
||Naofal was born in Mosul, Iraq, in 1966 in Abu Alyassi family. His grandparents in the Abu Alyassi and Abdul Noor families were well-known for their contributions to the church, having built the church in Mosul. Noafal's family left Mosul and settled at Boston, but he has resided in Canada since 1995. Naofal finished his dentistry degree in Canada and is registered with the Royal College of Dental Surgeon in Ontario. He practices dentistry in Ontario where he has an office; he also travels around Ontario to see senior citizens who cannot go to dental offices due to age or illness. Naofal also studied computer science at CDI college in Mississauga. He is single. Currently he attends a Coptic church.
||Mor Yousif, Mosul al Jadida
Rami & Anz, Nancy
||Rami and Nancy are originally
from Amman, Jordan and currently reside in New Jersey. Rami has an
undergraduate degree in accounting from L.A.U., Beirut, Lebanon. He
also has an MBA degree in Finance from Rutgers University. He currently
works as a financial analyst. Nancy has an undergraduate degree in
Public Administration/Political Science from the University of Jordan,
Amman and is currently fully engaged in raising their one-year-old
||St. Mark's Cathedral, Teaneck,
||Chuck was born in 1979 in
New Jersey, USA and continues to live there. His family hails from
Halab, Syria. He attends Montclair State University.
||Virgin Mary, Paramus, NJ
||Jayan was born and brought
up in Mundakayam in Kerala. He belongs to St. Simons Syrian Orthodox
Church in Velloor, Pampady, Kottayam. Jayan migrated to New York in
1989 and since January 1998, he is in Lakewood, Colorado pursuing
a doctorate in Renewable Energy Dynamics. His wife is Tissy and they
have a daughter Ponnu born in 1990.
||Born in Jordan, Samir completed
Ph.D. in Chemistry at UCLA in 1996. He is currently a post-doctoral
fellow at CalTech. Samir serves on the executive committee of the
SOR Editorial Board.
Ephraim's, Burbank, CA
||Born in Turabdin, South-East
Turkey, Matay migrated with his family in 1980 when four years old
to the Netherlands. Currently a student at the Vrije Universiteit
(Free University) in Amsterdam.
||Mor Shimun Zeyte, Oldenzaal,
||Jean was born in 1972 in the village of Anhil (12 km south from Midyat) in Tur `Abdin. He migrated to France in 1980 where he completed his technical education. Jean works as a Information Systems Director in a firm in Paris. He is the designer and webmaster of a French website for the Syriac Orthodox Church and is authoring a book on Syriac Saints of Tur `Abdin in French. Jean is married with two children Emily-Hannah and Lukas.
||Holy Virgin Mary, Montfermeil, France
||Anthony is fourteen years
old (as of Jan 99) and resides in Bay Ridge Brooklyn. He has two older
sisters, Maryanne (see below) and Leen who is seventeen and enrolled
in Poly Prep, C.D.S. Tony's father is a nephrologist from Safita and
belongs to the Ashkar family; his mother is an engineer from Saidnaya.
He visits Syria with his family every summer for three months. One
of his favorite places to visit is Dayr Saidnaya one of the largest
Christian places of worship in Damascus. He also enjoys Il Ela`h in
Safita, where his uncle Malek resides. Anthony is a member of Saint
Mary's Syrian Orthodox Church, Bay Ridge, where he is an altar-boy
as well as a member of the teen Syrian Orthodox Youth Organization.
Tony would love to get to know other Syrian Orthodox congregations
and people and correspond with them.
||St. Mary's, Bay Ridge, NY
||Though born in the United
States, Maryanne visits Syria, the land of her origins, every other
summer. Her parents are from Safita and Saidnaya. Maryanne resides
currently in Brooklyn, New York. She is twenty years old (as of Jan
99) and a third year pre-Med student at New York University, majoring
in psychology. She enjoys spending a lot of time with her family and
friends. She has a younger sister and a younger brother. She attends
St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and is also involved
in the Senior Syrian Orthodox Youth Organization there. Maryanne is
very interested in learning more about her church and its history.
||St. Mary's, Bay Ridge, NY
||Neurez was born in 1972
in Mzizah, Tur-Abdin. She migrated in 1980 with her family to Enschede
in the Netherlands. Currently she is studying 'Culture, Organization
and Management' at the Free University in Amsterdam.
||Mar Kuryakos Church, Enschede,
||Assyrian Orthodox Church
of Virgin Mary, Parsmus, NJ
||Suresh is a software engineer
currently based in San Jose, California. His parents hail from Velyinadu
and Arakkunam in Ernakulam district, Kerala. Suresh was born and raised
in Bangalore and was an active member of the St. Mary's Syrian Orthodox
||NoŽl was born in 1968 at
Qamishly, Syria. His family comes from Idel in Turkey. NoŽl has lived
in Brussels since 1992 and works at the Volkwsagen auto factory. NoŽl
||Originally from Kharpout-Elazig Turkey, now living in Beirut. Elia holds a Masters degree in operations research from Twente Universiteit in the Netherlands. Currently, he works as a GIS expert and application developer in Beirut for Beirut Cargo Center BCC. He developed LEARN SYRIAC multimedia Windows application and designed and developed SERTO, Madenhaia and Estrangelo shareware TTF fonts for WINDOWS (Arabic and standard English version). His hobbies include Syriac heritage (writing and music), oil painting, computers, chess and football.
||Mor Jacob Alsouroji, Bouchrieh-Beirut
||Born in Beirut, Lebanon;
ancestors from Medin in Tur Abdin, South-East Turkey. Moved to California
in 1975. MBA 1979 with specialization in International Marketing and
Finance. Currently self-employed as real-estate and mortgage broker.
Past President, Board of Directors, St. Ephraim's Cathedral, Burbank,
CA and currently serves on various committees of the Western Syrian
Ephraim's, Burbank, CA
||Born in Qamishly-Syria in
1955, Marwan immigrated to the US in 1972. He graduated with B.S. in
Biology, got married in 1982 to a Palestinian girl from Sts. Peter &
Paul church in Detroit. The couple has two kids Christina & Thomas.
Marwan is currently in the fine wine business in San Diego, California.
||Born in 1974 at Istanbul,
Turkey, Tezcan now lives in Linkoping, Sweden. His parents are originally
from Kerburan, Tur Abdin. Tezcan completed his education as a flight
engineer and works as a Systems Validation Engineer at Saab Aerospace
in LinkŲping, Sweden.
||Fuat was born in Istanbul,
Turkey in 1974, graduated from University of Istanbul and came to
the U.S. in 1997. Fuat resides in New Jersey and attends St. Gabriel
Church in Hackensack.
||St. Gabriel, Hackensack,
||Abraham is a telecom engineer
residing in Sydney, Australia. His family is from Kerburan.
||Mor Ephrem's, Sydney
||Mor Ephrem's, Sydney
||Raj belongs to Arakkunnam
near Piravom, Kerala, although he was born in Srinagar, Kashmir in
1973 and brought up in New Delhi, Gandhinagar, Gujarat and also in
Kerala. He migrated to the US in 1993 and currently works with US
Robotics while pursuing MS in Computer Science at De Paul University.
Maintains the web page for St. Peter's church, Chicago.
||St. Peter's Church, Chicago
||Senior at UCLA majoring
in international economics. Joining UCLA Law School in Fall 97. President
of the Lebanese cultural society at UCLA. Finds time for skiing, jet
skiing, camping, hiking, reading, sleeping, movies, dancing, and hanging
out with friends!! First woman on SORNet.
|Chemmathu, Gijo Jacob
||Gijo belongs to Chemmathu, Kaliankal Mannukkunnel family in Manarcaud, Kottayam. He graduated with a Bachelors in Economics from S.B College, Changanassery, in 1995 and is currently a Sales & Marketing Manager at United Marketing International in Bahrain, where he has lived since 2001.
||St. Mary's, Manarcaud
St. Peter's, Bahrain
Fr. Thomas Poothicote
||Fr. Thomas was born in Mepral,
near Thiruvalla, Kerala, but his family migrated to Erumely in Kottayam
District. He belongs to the Poothicote family and his native parish
is St. John's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, Mepral. Fr. Thomas
graduated with BA and BD from Bishop's College, Calcutta. He was consecrated
priest by Metropolitan H.G. Mor Coorilose Kuriakose on 21st July 1995.
Fr. Thomas now serves as vicar of St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox
Church in Abu Dhabi and Al-Ain in U.A.E. He is married to Susan.
||St. John's, Abu Dhabi.
Jai was born on 19 March, 1970 to Cheriyan Abraham and Mary M Mathew, of Karimpanackal family, Cheppad, Alappuzha. He completed his Bachelor of Engineering from Bangalore University and works for Cognizant Technology Solutions India. His wife, Siju is also an IT professional, employed with IBM. He is blessed with a son Alan, studying in primary class. His brother, Fr. Aji (Fr. Mathew Karimpanackal, MTh) serves as a secretary to His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka-I Iwas, Patriarch of the Apostolic See of Antioch & All the East, the supreme head of our Universal Syrian Orthodox Church. He also has a sister, Jeena, married to Dr. Ashok Thomas.
||Daniel was born in May 1949. He is an Interventional Technologist and his wife Lilly is a senior nurse in Doha, Qatar. They have two daughters, the elder one, Dally, a lawyer married to an Vinod, a Computer Engineer, now residing in Singapore with their daughter, Neha. Their younger daughter, Dimple, is an MBA graduate and is a Shipping Sales Executive married to Rajesh, a Finance Manager in Doha.
||St. George Salem, Mezhuveli, Thumpamon Diocese
St. James, Doha, Qatar
||Yamo has an MD from University
of Massachusetts (1994) and did his residency
in Pediatrics at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center of the Albert
Einstein College of Medicine and fellowship at Duke University. He is actively involved in the Suryoye Medical Association.
||Ertas was born in 1972 studied
law and is now a solicitor in Sydney. He serves as the President of
the Syrian Orthodox Federation of Australia (SOFA) and the Editor
in-chief of the Australian Syrian Times magazine (also known as Zabno
||St Ephraim's, Sydney, Australia
||Pierre was born in 1954
at Aleppo, Syria. He has resided in Sweden since 1974 and works as
an economic consultant dealing with accounting, taxes and investments.
|Gabriel, Dn. Suleyman
||Deacon Suleyman Gabriel's family origins are in Kerboran and he currently lives in Sydney, Australia. He is the principal of a flooring business. He has been a deacon at St. Ephraim's Syrian Orthodox Church in Sydney since 1973.
||St. Ephraim's, Sydney
||Anil was born on May 30,
1970 to K.C George and Susy George of Kalluparambil family. Orginally
from Chenganassery, his parents have settled in Ankamaly. Anil did
his BSc (Physics) at Union Christian College, Alwaye graduating in
1990. He then did Chartered Accountancy at the Institute of Chartered
Accountants of India, New Delhi. Currently, he works as Chief Accountant
at the Middle East office in Abu Dhabi of Chancellor Watch Co. AG
of Switzerland. Anil's wife Saira is from Kumarakom, and formerly
a member of St. John's Syrian Orthodox, Attamangalam She did her schooling
at Bangalore, and graiduated with a degree in Commerce from B.C.M
College, Kottayam. She also completed the Intermediate in Chartered
Accountancy. Though a member of the St. Mary's Syrian Orthodox Church
at Ankamaly, Anil and Saira currently attend the St. George's Syrian
Orthodox Church in Abu Dhabi.
||St. Mary's, Ankamaly
||Dipu was born on September
2, 1974 and was baptised at St. Mary's Syrian Orthodox Church, Manarcad.
He is a member of the Tiruvalla Simhasana Church although he resides
in Cochin. Dipu graduated with a Bachelors in Architecture from T.K.M.
College of Engineering at Kollam in 1997 is now an associate architect
in an architecture firm, Design Combine based in Cochin. He is also
involved in a team that will be documenting and researching Jewish
Synagogues in Kerala. Dipu has learned the rudiments of Syriac and
has a keen interest in the architecture of the Syrian Churches in
Kerala. Dipu has a family of five including his father who is a civil
engineer, a younger brother Madhu who is in his final year MBBS at
Kottayam Medical College and a younger sister Chinnu studying commerce
in a pre-degree program.
||Simhasana Church, Tiruvalla
Elias & Lynn Kowalski
||Elias was born in Qamishli,
Syria in 1966 and emigrated to Montreal in 1976. He graduated from
Concordia University in Electrical Engineering. Currently he works
at CAE as a systems support specialist. Lynn was born and raised in
Montreal, Quebec and was part of the United Church of Canada. She
is a graduate of Vanier College in Business Administration and currently
works at Ericsson Communications as a software production analyst.
Elias and Lynn were married on May 22, 1994. Both share an interest
in the history of the Syriac Orthodox Church.
||St. Jacques, Montreal
|George, Shynu T.
||Shynu was born in
1978 to Mathew and Mariamma George of Thyparambil House, Kizhakkummuri,
near Tiruvalla, Kerala. He is currently undergoing Associateship in
Information Science, an advanced level post-graduate course at the
Indian National Scientific Documentation Centre at New Delhi, after
completing his Masters in Physics in 2001 from MG University, Kottayam.
||Lisa is of Syrian origin
and is currently working on her Master's in Nursing at Cleveland,
Ohio. Her interests include swimmimg, biking, gardening, tennis and
nature walks. She would like to be involved with the Syrian Christian
||St. George's, Cleveland
||Born in Florida, USA, Rich Ghazal was raised in, and currently resides in Rhode Island, USA and is active in `idto d-Mor Ephraim, RI. His family comes from the town of Midyat in Tur `Abdin. After leaving Midyat, the Ghazal family went to Adana, then Lebanon, and in 1972 migrated to the USA. Rich also has roots in the village of Arbo. Infact, his grandmother's maiden name is Doumato (her family was named after the church in Arbo, Mor Dimet or in Syriac, Doumato). Rich is currently a sophomore at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, studying Political Science, Philosophy and Syriac. His interests include the Syriac Language and Tradition and more specifically, the people, culture, and history of Tur Abdin.
||Mor Ephraim, RI
||Johnny was born in Jerusalem
and continues to live there, working as executive chef in the French
Consulate. He studied in France for 3 years. The roots of his father's
family go back to Lebanon. Johnny is actively involved in the Syriac
Orthodox community in Jerusalem and serves as the manager and administrator
of the Syriac Orthodox Club in Jerusalem.
||Hanna was born in Beirut,
Lebanon although his family originally comes from Urhoy (Urfa/Edessa).
Currently he lives in Los Angeles, California, USA. A Mechanical Engineering
graduate from the American University of Beirut, Hanna now works as
a consultant in the fields of IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) and HVAC (Heating,
Ventilating & Air Conditioning). Hanna introduced Syriac characters
to video graphics, multi media and teleprompting, and has also generated
Syriac educational videos for children. He has researched Syriac names
and their meanings (unpublished yet) and the evolution of Syriac alphabet
(partially published). He is interested in the art of Syriac iconography.
His other hobbies include history, painting and computers.
||Physician. President, Board
of Trustees, St. Mary's, Orange, California
||St. Mary's, Orange, California
||Yakup was born in Wollongong,
NSW, Australia. He was a jeweller in Sydney, but now lives in Brussels
and works in a suit and cloth store. Yakup's family is originally
from Hah, in Tur `Abdin. His grandfather was the muktar (mayor) of Hah
for about 22 years.
||Doing Ph.D. in Electrochemistry
at Murdoch University, Perth, W. Australia. Project Chemist at ZBB
(Australia) Ltd. Maintains a web site on Syriac Orthodox Church.
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch
||Binu Jacob was born in 1969 in Kangazha, Kottayam and belongs to the Eravikulangara (Paadathu-mappila) family in Kangazha. He completed his Pre-Degree from S.B. College, Changanacherry and B.E. in Mechanical from Regional Engineering College, Bhopal and worked for FACT, Cochin for about 6 years. He is currently employed in Saudi Arabia as the Dy. General Manager of M/s Geyad Commerce and Import Co. Ltd in Dammam, a company specialising in Heavy Engineering Fabrication. Binu's wife Elizabeth works for State Bank of India, and children Anupa and Abel are both students.
||St. Thomas, Kangazha
||Binu was born in Bhopal, MP in 1975 and resides in Mumbai with wife and a daughter. He did his schooling at Jawaharlal Nehru School, Bhopal, and graduated in Electronics Engineering from Cochin University. He started work as a System Engineer with HCL Infosystems in Mumbai and currently works for Hewlett-Packard as Team Lead-IT Operations on a Lucent Project.
||St. Thomas, Bhopal
|Rejimon Jacob of the Punnamthadathil family, was born in Puthuvely, near Koothattukulam, Kerala and migrated
to US in 1990. He is now settled in Chicago with his wife Beena and
son Charles. Rejimon serves as the secretary of the board of St. George
Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church of Malankara, Chicago. He is a clinical
instructor in the Allied Health department at the National Louis University,
||St. George, Chicago, IL
|John, Nibu M.
||Nibu was born in Chennithala, Kerala in 1975 in the Mayara House - Nadayil, Chennithala. He resides and works in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. His elder brother is the Rev. Fr. M.J. Daniel (Fr. Noble).
||St. George Horeb, Chennithala
||Engineering & Computer Science
junior at City University of New York. President, Society of Women
Engineers, Staten Island Chapter. Member, Youth Committee of Mar Gregorios
||Mar Gregorios, Staten Island,
||Sinu was born in Kothamangalam,
Kerala, on October 11, 1976, and was baptized at the St. Ignatius
Church, Chenkara near Kothamangalam. He graduated with a Bachelor
of Science degree in Chemistry from MES Mampad College (Calicut University)
and did his Master of Science in Biochemistry at the Central University,
Hyderabad. After working for a year as a research associate at the
Indian Institute of Spices Research, Calicut, Sinu enrolled for Ph.D.
biochemistry at New Mexico State University, New Mexico, USA, and
resides at Las Cruces, NM. Sinu hopes to learn about and be friends
with Syriac Orthodox Christians from various cultures.
||Bes-Ania, Chelad, Kerala
||Susan is a sophomore at
Penn State University and is pursuing a BA in Administration of Justice.
Her family migrated to the US from Bangalore, India in 1986. Susan
is actively involved in the youth organization of her parish.
||St. Peter's, Philadelphia.
||Born in Malaysia, Yohannan
belongs to the Kattumangat family of Mulanthuruthy. Yohannan did his
schooling at Bishop Cotton Boy's School, Bangalore and medicine at
JJM Medical College, Davangere. He is currently a registrar in Anaesthetics
at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.
||Thomas was born in 1966
and brought up in Ambalamedu near Cochin, Kerala. He came to the US
in 1989 to do Master's in Systems Engineering at USC. In 1996 he completed
Ph.D. in Information Systems at UCLA. Currently an information technology services senior manager with a global consulting firm, Thomas is the founder
and Web Master of Syriac Orthodox Resources, Web
Master of the Syriac Computing Institute
and Technical Editor of Hugoye:
Journal of Syriac Studies.
Mary's, Los Angeles
||Yeldho Joseph of Vettickal
family is a native of Kothamangalam, Kerala, India who has resided in
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia since 1989 and runs his own business. Born in 1956,
Yeldho has 3 children--Donna, Denia, and Belina. His wife, Elcy, is
from Thirumarayoor, Piravom, Kerala and is a nurse practitioner. Yeldho
is a member of the Kothamangalam Marthoman Cheriapally. Yeldho is involved
in the congregation at Riyadh which has about 40 families; however,
since Saudi Arabia does not permit non-Islamic worship, their religious
life and ability to conduct Christian worship services is severely restricted.
|Joy, Lejo K.
||Born in Kalayil/Thekattil family, Lejo has degrees in hotel management, catering and tourism. He currently works in the hospitality and tourism industry in Dubai.
||St. Thomas (Knanaya), Ranny. , St. Mary's (Knanaya), Sharjah.
|Kadavil, John A.
||Born in Nashville, Tenessee
in 1974, John is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Pharmacology
and Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Maryland at the
Baltimore School of Medicine. He hopes for the growth of an ecumenical
spirit in the Syriac Orthodox church.
||St. Thomas, Baltimore
|Kerkinni, Fuat J.
||Graduated from the University
of Minnesota in Computer Science.
|Kiraz, George A.
||Born in Bethlehem, George
migrated to the US in 1983. He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science
at Cambridge University in 1996. George also did his Master's in Syriac
Studies at Oxford under the renowned Syriac studies scholar, Sebastian
Brock. George is the Director of the Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute, General Editor of Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies and serves in the executive committee of the SOR Editorial Board.
||Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute
||Feyaz was born in Midyat,
Turkey in 1969. At the age of 9, his family moved from Turkey to The
Netherlands. Feyaz got his degree in electronics at the age of 22.
After working 6 years for Hollandse Signaalapparaten (part of Thomson),
he joined IBM.
||Sabu belongs to Poovathunkal
family and is a member of St. Mary's Syrian Orthodox Simhasana Church,
Pampady, Kottayam. He completed his Bachelors in Computer Engineering
from Mar Athanasius College of Engineering, Kothamangalam, Kerala,
in October 1997. Currently, he is an intern at OCL Informatics Ltd.,
||George belongs to Cherickal House, Kanjiram PO, Kottayam but resides at Chennai, India. He holds B.Tech and MBA degrees.
||St. Mary's, Panampady
||Biju was born in the Arikupurathu family, Eroor, Tripunithura in 1972 to A.P. Kurian and E.C. Saramma. Biju holds a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering from NMAMIT (1993) and Master's from REC Surathkal (1996). Biju has worked at RCC Group, Mangalore (1993-4), Simplex Castings, Bangalore (1996-7), Tata Consulting Engineers, Bangalore (1997-2003) and since 2003 at Electrowatt-Ekono Ltd., Dubai. He lives in Dubai with his wife Shyja Mathew and his daughter Rhea.
||St. Mary's, Nadamel, Tripunithura
||Rajesh was born on April
4, 1976 and belongs to Muriankal family in Lakkattoor, Kottayam. He
is a graduate in Computer Science from the Mahatma Gandhi University,
Kottayam, and resides in Sharjah, UAE.
||St. Mary's, Areeparambu
||John Kyriakos is the son of Fouad Kyriakos and his family belongs to Urfa (Edessa). He was born in Sydney, Australia, where he currently resides and works as a construction manager at the firm he owns—InterX Constructions.
||Larsen was born in Salt
Lake City, Utah, in 1948. He graduated from UC Berkeley, with an MBA
in 1974. He was formerly a CPA with KPMG Peat Marwick and currently
resides in Hawaii where he teaches at Chaminade University and Hawaii
Pacific University. He has an academic interest in the Early Church.
He is convinced that SOC vestments and liturgy have their roots in
the 1st century church. He would be interested in corresponding with
clergy and lay members of the Syriac Orthodox Church regarding church
history, vestments, and liturgy.
||Not affiliated to SOC
||Born in Kerala, India, John
Mancha completed his schooling from C.M.S. High School, Olassa and
graduated in Physics from C.M.S. College, Kottayam. He obtained a
Post graduate diploma in Computer Applications from Alagappa University,
Tamil Nadu, and is now working with Ashok Leyland Information Technology,
Bangalore, India as a Systems Manager. John belongs to an ancient
Syriac Orthodox family, Manchayil. He completed his Sunday School
education at St. Thomas Church, Chengalam, Kottayam and St. John's
Church Olassa, Kottayam. He was an active member of St. Peter's Jacobite
Syrian Orthodox Church, New Delhi from 1987 to December 1997 and transferred
to Bangalore and now a member of St. Ignatius Jacobite Syrian Orthodox
Church, Krishnarajapuram, Bangalore, India. Maintains the web page
for St. Peter's Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, New Delhi, India.
||St. Ignatius Jacobite Syrian
Orthodox Church, Bangalore, India.
||Born on 17th August 1961
at Veloor, Kottayam, Geevarghese graduated from Christ College, Bangalore
with a Bachelor of Science degree and completed articleship of the
Indian Institute of Chartered Accountants. He holds a LLB (Bachelor
of Law) degree from Bangalore University. He was a member of the Mar
Gregorios Students Movement at his home parish, served as a deacon
in holy services and taught Sunday School for 3 Years. Geevarghese
speaks English, French, German and African Languages and is now learning
Arabic. He worked in West and East Africa from 1987 to 1993 and currently
works in Dubai as an Accounts Executive. He resides at Deira Area
of Dubai, U.A.E., with his wife and son. His wife Nessie Geevarghese
originally hails from Kunnamkulam and was formerly a member of Pallavaram
St.Mary's Church, Madras. Geevarghese is currently a member of Dubai
Mar Ignatius Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, Dubai where he teaches
Sunday School and is a member of Mar Ignatius Youth Association.
||St. Mary's Church, Panampady,
||Dr. Mani is an aerodynamics
engineering specialist at Boeing. He was born in Kottayam. He holds
a Ph.D. in Aerodynamics from Georgia Tech. He serves as a webmaster
of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America Web
Mary's, Los Angeles
Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America
||Born in Beirut, Lebanon,
Marianne came to the US in 1972. Her family lines can be traced back
to originally Turkey, Jerusalem, and Lebanon. Marianne graduated with
a BS in Accounting from California State University Northridge in
1992 and went to work for the Los Angeles Department of Water and
Power. After passing the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) Exam in
1994, she decided not to pursue Accounting as a career. She currently works
full-time at DWP and is pursuing her Masters In Business Administration
(MBA) degree at the Marshall Business School, University of Southern
California. She plans on graduating in December 1998. Marianne taught
Sunday School at St. Ephraim's for about three years in the early
90's and was also on the Youth Board for about a term. Some of her
hobbies include traveling, skiing, and hiking. She has been to Italy
and plans on going to Spain and to the Middle East in the future.
||St. Ephraim's, Burbank
||Reena graduated from New
York University in 1994 with an Accounting & MIS degree and is currently
an audit senior at Ernst & Young, LLP.
||Mike Mikhaiel is originally from Baghdad, Iraq and currently reside in New Jersey. Mike graduated from the University of Texas in 1984 and he is working as a physics professor at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Mike served as an educational consultant at the Aramaic American Association for seven years. He is married to Raida Karkenny and has two children, Jessica and John Paul.
||Assyrian Orthodox Church of Virgin Mary, Paramus, NJ
||Born in Qamishly, Syria,
Sleman came to Holland in 1987, where he has settled with his family.
He works as a systems engineer at General Electric.
|Muriankal, Anish Mani
||Anish was born on November 24, 1975 to M.C. Mani and Annamma Mani of Muriankal family in Lakkattoor, Kottayam. He holds a diploma in Electronics & Communication from Bangalore University. Anish currently resides in Mumbai and works at HCL Infosystems Ltd., Mumbai, as a Facility Management Engineer in H&R Johnson India Ltd.
||St. Mary's, Areeparambu
Bobby Ninan was born in Cochin in the Kuttisseril family on July 31, 1976, to K.N. Ninan and Leelamma Ninan. He originally hails from Mavelikara, but his family has lived in Cochin since 1974. Bobby and his wife, Anu, have a daughter.
||St. Mary's MOC, Palarivattom
Philip K. Ninan was born in the Karayamvattathu family on Dec 10, 1982, in Dubai, UAE, to K.N. Ninan and Annamma Ninan. He is currently employed as a Quality Assurance Technician with America Online.
||St. Mary's MOC, Puthiyacauvu
||Mathew, also known as Suraj,
was brought up in Mumbai, India. He belongs to the Mayara-Nadayil
family which hails from Chennithala, Mavelikara, Kerala. Mathew did
his Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Bombay University. He
is currently employed with Tata Consultancy Services, India and resides
temporarily at Louisville, Kentucky.
||St. Gregrious, Mulund, Mumbai
||Sylvia was born in Holland
on April 1, 1980. Her family is from Arnas in Aram-Bethnahrin. She
is currently in college majoring in business. She is proud of her
beautiful parish church built in 1995 and is a choir singer at the
||Holy Mary Church, Hengelo
||Nidhy is a high school senior
at Syosset (Long Island), New York. Her father belongs to Kolenchery
and mother belongs to Vandiperiyar in Kerala, India. She will join
a seven year medical program at Union College, Albany in September
||St. Mary's, White Plains
|Paul, Biju (Email Defunct)
||Biju belongs to the Vendarapally
family in Eroor, Trippunithura, Kerala. He did his schooling at NSS
School, Tripunithura, and Rajershi Memorial School, Vadavukode. He
completed his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from St. Joseph's,
Bangalore, and is now finishing his Master's degree in Computer Applications
at the Cochin University of Science and Technology. He expects to
work for Crompton Greaves-Maersk Data after he completes his education.
Mary's, Nadamel, Tripunithura
|Philip, K. M.
||Mammen Philip was born on
March 11,1973. He is a native of Kattanam, Alleppey, Kerala, and holds
degrees in English, and Catering.
||St. George, Trivandrum
||Originally from Muvattupuzha,
Kerala, Paul did his Bachelor's in Civil Engineering at Mar Athanasius
College while residing at the Catholicate Aramana with late Catholicose
Mor Baselius Paulose II. He completed his MBA from Cochin University
and later migrated to the US where he did MS in Computer Science.
Paul is currently at Rockwell International at Richardson, near Dallas
Texas. He is married to Asha and has a daughter named Tanya.
||St. Ignatius Malankara Syrian
Orthodox Church, Dallas
||Mathew was born in the Alamuttathu
family in Aythala, Ranny, Kerala in 1973. He belongs to the Knanaya
Syrian Orthodox community. Mathew completed his education in Chennai
completing Diploma in Printing Technology. He presently works in Singapore
as a Printing Technician. Mathew is married to Tinu Mary Thomas, has
a son named Jubel.
||St Mary's, Kattodu, Tiruvalla.
|Pynadath, Polson V.
||Polson was born in Karyamparambu
in Ernakulam District, Kerala, in the Pynadath family. He graduated
in English Literature Union Christian College, Aluva and completed
the PGDCA from AIMA, New Delhi. He now works as an Executive Secretary
in Bahrain and resides at Isa Town, Bahrain. His home parish is St.
George Jacobite Syrian Church, Karayamparambu.
||St. George's, Karayamparambu,
||Originally from Tur `Abdin,
Turkey, Gabriel is a doctoral student in theology at University of
Goettingen, Germany, working on his doctoral thesis on Dionysius Bar
Salibi. Gabriel is an adjunct member of the SOR Editorial Board.
|| Suryoyo Online
||Syrian-born Electrical Engineering
graduate from City University, NY, currently working at Chase Manhattan
Bank in LAN Operations.
||St. Mark's, Teaneck, NJ
||Native of Thumpamon, Pathanamthitta District, Kerala, settled in Bangalore, India. Hold's Bachelors degree from Madras Christian College and MBA from St. Joseph's College of Business Administration, Bangalore. Active member of Bangalore St. Mary's Cathedral, was also the Vice-Preident of the Youth Asscociation during the silver Jublee year 2008-2009. Runs DreaMarT Interactive a multimedia development and website design firm based in Bangalore.
||St. Mary's Cathedral, Bangalore
||President of the Mar Gabriel
Youth Organization, Hackensack, NJ
||St. Gabriel's, Hackensack
||Originally from Tripunithura,
Kerala, Anitha has been a resident of Bangalore since 1978. She completed
her Master's degree in Computer Applications from Regional Engineering
College, Trichy, and is currently with Oracle, India. She is married
to George Samuel.
||Fr. Eli was born in Lebanon
and migrated to USA in 1968. He served as a deacon in St. Peter &
Paul Church in Musseitbeh, Beirut from childhood till 1968, at St.
Ephrem, Burbank, California, from 1969-1974 and at Virgin Mary Church,
Paramus, New Jersey from 1974-77. was ordained priest on Pentecost
Day, June 15 1997. Fr. Eli serves the Archdiocese of the Eastern USA
doing voluntary work; currently he serves as parish priest for St.
Ephrem Church, Washington, DC. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree,
is married to Fay, and has five daughters. They reside at 164 East
Center St., Midland Park, NJ 07432 USA. Tel. 201-670-0732.
|Shaja, Sabro GabriŽl
||Sabro was born in born 1971
in Zaz, Tur `Abdin (See http://www.assyria.de
for pictures of his village). He emigrated to Holland in 1980 and
studied Management and Computer Science. He serves as a deacon in
the St. Jacob D'Sroeg in Enschede, Holland. Sabro works actively for
changes in his community, for justice and peace and democracy. In
addition, he has been the Chairman of the Assyrian Aid Society. He
loves his heritage and identity, but is very concerned about the situation
of our community and the next generation in diaspora. In February
2000, Sabro established his own business in computers, Online-Systems
||St. Jacob D'Sroeg, Enschede
|Shammo, Riad M.
||Member of Syriac Orthodox
Church in Chicago. Maintains a web site for the Patriarchal Vicarate
of Eastern United States.
||St. John the Baptist, Chicago
||Patriarchal Vicarate of Eastern United States
||St Ephraim, Lidcombe, Australia
||Roni was born in the Elavinamannil family of Manjanikkara in 1974 as the grandson of Qashisho Kuriakos Elavinamannil. He completed his MBA and currently works as a senior analyst with a software firm in Bangalore.
||Simhasana Church, Kottayam
||Jaimon Skaria was born in
Meenadom, Kottayam in the Kizhakkedathu family of the St.Ignatius
Jacobite parish, Meenadom. He graduated with B.Sc in Biology from
Baselius college, Kottayam, in 1979 and migrated to Chicago in the
same year. He graduated from Central Y.M.C.A College with an associate
degree in Respiratory Care. Currently, he works as an evening coordinator
of Intensive Care Unit at the Northwest Community hospital, Arlington
Heights, Illinois. In 1993, he also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts
in health services from College of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois and
in 1996 graduated with Masters in health care administration from
the same college. He serves as the choir leader of St. George Jacobite
Syrian Orthodox Church in Chicago. He is also an Archdiocesan Sunday
School inspector of the Northern region. He has settled in Mundelein,
Illinois with his wife Mercy and his mother. The couple have three
daughters, Anju, Ancy and Alena.
||St. George's, Chicago
||Born on 2nd April, 1973
in Midyat, Turkey, grew up in Istanbul and now settled in Stockholm,
Sweden. Currently a sophomore studying business administration and
management at the University of Lund, in southern Sweden. Hopes to
be an accountant.
||St. Ephrem's Church, Svdertdlje,
|| Home Page
||Numan is an economic
informatik student at University of Paderborn, Germany. Born
in 1973, he migrated with his family in 1978 from Bakisian in Tur
`Abdin, Turkey to Guetersloh near Bielefeld, Germany.
||Stephen was born in Jodhpur,
Rajasthan in North India. His family hails from Mezhuveli in Pathanamthitta
District, Kerala. Having completed his Bachelors in Zoology from Madras
University, Tamil Nadu and Masters in Biochemistry from Jiwaji University,
Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, Stephen is now enrolled in the Ph.D. program
in Neurophysiology at Jamia Haddard University, New Delhi.
||Holy Innocent, Mezhuveli,
|Thekkedam, Alex Thomas
||Alex was born and brought
up in Kangazha, Kottayam. He currently works with Total FinaElf of France in N. Delhi. as Sr. Accts Officer. Alex graduated from K.G. College, Pampady, and Baselios College Kottayam with a Masters in Commerce and is currently pursuing M.B.A and M.F.T. Alex is very active in spiritual and social service activities in Delhi and its suburbs.
||St. Thomas, Kangazha
||Babu Thomas is from Mundiappally,
Thiruvalla, Kerala and currently resides in Washington, D.C. area.
||St. Thomas, Washington, D.C.
||Daniel, also known as Reji,
belongs to the St. George Syrian Orthodox Church (Cheriyapally), Cheppaud,
Alleppy Dist., Kerala. He currently resides in Saudi Arabia and is the moderator of the SOCM-Forum.
|Thomas, Joji V.
||Joji V. Thomas was born in Kerala, India in the Vettathu family of Puthuppally, Kottayam. He studied at K.G College, Pampady, Kottayam, and graduated in Chemistry from St. Mary's College, Manarcaud, Kottayam, India, in 1998. He did his post-graduate diploma in computer applications from Baselius College Kottayam in 1999. Joji is currently a software professional presently working for Ramsis Engineering, Riffa, Bahrain. Originally a member of St. Ignatious, Meenadom, Kottayam, Joji is presently a member of St. Peter's Jacobite Syrian Church, Manama, Bahrain.
||St. Ignatious, Meenadom; St. Peter's, Bahrain
||Simon Thomas belongs to the Thommenparambil family in Velloor, Kottayam. He is a computer engineer working in Abu Dhabi. He participates in church activities, plays music, particularly keyboard, and does computer programming.
||St. Simon's, Velloor
||Tommy Elias Thomas was born
in Qamishly, Syria. He migrated to Lebanon in 1970 and later to the
US in 1978. He lives in North Hollywood, California and is very actively
involved in the St. Ephraim's Church, Burbank, serving earlier in
the Board of Trustees. Tommy manages his company Pacific Cranes and
Equipment Sales which is in the business of buying and selling construction
equipment and cranes. His wife, Annie Chamoun Milki is from Alhasaka,
Syria and the couple has three daughters Kristine, Georgina and Anaya.
Tommy is very concerned about the teaching of the Syriac language.
He is very interested in promoting Syriac education especially among
the children of the Syriac Orthodox faith and is willing to support
schools and programs that teach Syriac.
||Kennedy was born in Arbo,
Turkey and immigrated in 1980 to Hengelo, Netherlands. He is currently
a law student at the University in Gronigen.
||Holy Virgin Mary, Hengelo
||With NCR/AT&T GIS, Ontario,
|| Home Page
||Born in Bombay, India, Johnsy migrated to the US with his parents and sister in 1977. He is married to Priya and has two daughters Jenna & Jasmine. He holds a BS & MS in Electrical Engineering and currently works for TI as a Systems Specialist.
||St. Ignatius, Dallas
||Born in Bombay, India, Shibu
is a software consultant currently working in Columbus, Indiana. His
wife is Mily Shibu.
||St. Mary's Syrian Orthodox
Church, Dadar, Mumbai, India.
||Subdeacon, Sophomore pre-med
student and Presidential scholar at Austin College, Sherman, Texas
||St. Ignatius Malankara Syrian
Orthodox Church, Dallas
Leenus (Email Defunct)
||Born and raised in Staten
Island New York in 1977, Leenus is currently working towards his Bachelor
of Science in Telecommunications Engineering Technology at the Rochester
Institute of Technology.
||Mar Gregorios, Staten Island
Malankara Church Page
|Vinoy, K. J.
||Vinoy belongs to Kalarickaparambil
family, of the St. George Church, Karingachira (Cochin Diocese). He
is currently pursuing Ph.D. at the Pennsylvania State University. He
holds B.Tech Degree in Applied Electronics and instrumentation from
Kerala University and an M.Tech. in Electronics from Cochin University
of Science and Technology. Earlier, he worked at the National Aerospace
Laboratories, Bangalore from 1994 to the end of 1998. His research
publications include a book (first author) on Radar Absorbing Materials,
published in 1996 by Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston. Vinoy has
completed the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Sunday School curriculum,
and was actively involved in the M. A. Balika Bala Samajam at the
Sunday School and later in the Youth Association at St. George's Church,
||St. George's, Karingachira
||Originally from Azech and
later resided at Al-Qamishly (Syria), Damascus and Dubai; family currently
in New Jersey. Currently a Computer Systems Engineering student at
the University of Houston, Clear Lake, Texas.
||Born in Damascus, Syria
in 1974, Mony moved with her family to Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
where she lived for 16 years. Later she moved to Houston, TX and completed
her Bachelors in Accounting, and Masters in Business Administration
at the University of Houston, Clear Lake. Mony currently resides in
||Assyrian Orthodox Church
of Virgin Mary, Paramus
||Born on April 10, 1972 in
Bate, a little village near Midyat, South-East Turkey; migrated to
Istanbul in December 1979 and two years later to Holland and lived
in Hengelo, Enschede, and Oldenzaal. Studied Economics at the University
of Groningen. With Unilever at Rotterdam since September 1996 and
currently resides at Gouda, 30 kms east of Rotterdam.
||Mor Shimun Zeyte, Oldenzaal,
||Though born in USA, Marian
traces her ancestry to Syria, Greece, Egypt and Lebanon. She is currently
majoring in psychology at UC, Santa Barbara and is President of the
St. George Church Youth Organization.
||St. George's, San Fernando,