His Grace Alexios Mar Eusebius
Metropolitan of Calcutta Diocese
His Grace Alexios Mar Eusebius, formerly Rev. Fr. Alex Daniel is a member of St. George Orthodox Church, Puthoor of Kollam Diocese. Thirumeni hails from Vattakkattu family, Puthoor. His Grace was born on 5th September, 1964 as the fourth son of late Sri Y. Daniel and Smt. Chinnamma Daniel. The late Rev. Fr. V.J. Jacob Vattakkattu is his paternal uncle.
His Grace graduated from Kerala University with Bachelor’s degree in Science. He then joined Bangalore University for legal studies and secured LL.B. After completing his secular studies, he devoted himself for theological studies and joined the Orthodox Theological seminary, Kottayam. He completed Graduation in Sacred Theology from Orthodox Theological seminary and Bachelor of Divinity from Serampore University, Calcutta. Pursuing his post-graduation, he secured Master’s Degree in Theology from St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute of Theology, Bangalore. He acquired a Diploma in Biblical Geography from Tantur Ecumenical Institute, Jerusalem and conducted his Doctoral Research Study in Old Testament from Friedrich Alexander University, Germany. He also practiced as a Civil Lawyer in the District Court of Kollam in 1994-95.
On May 15, 1993 he was ordained as a deacon and on 4th May 1995, H. H Baselious Marthoma Mathews II ordained him to the priesthood. As a priest, he has served the parishes in Bangalore, Germany, and in the Calcutta diocese.
In 1997, His Grace was appointed as the faculty of Old Testament at St. Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary, Nagpur. During the period as the faculty (1997-2008) he served in different capacities like Warden, Director of Fieldwork, and Bursar of the seminary.
He has also served as the treasurer of the Orthodox Sunday School Association of the East (Outside Kerala Region), Director of Akhila Malankara Orthodox Shushrushaka Sangam (AMOSS – OKR), Director of OVBS (OKR) and as Treasurer of Prerana School for Mentally Challenged Children, Nagpur.
His Grace handled the regular columns in the Malankara Sabha, Sahayatra, and Parish Mission Literatures for the Outside Kerala Region. He has authored a book in Malayalam named “Vachanathejas”, a compilation of Sunday Sermons for a complete liturgical year. His Grace has served and represented the Church in Ecumenical Conferences in India and abroad.
The Malankara Syrian Christian association held at Pampakuda on 2008 September 11 elected him with six others to be metropolitans of the church. On 2009 February 19 H.H. Baselios Marthoma Didymus I Catholicos with the assistance of the holy Episcopal synod, ordained him as Metropolitan along with the six other candidates at Puthupally St. George Orthodox Church.
When the Diocese of South-west America was formed in 2009, His Grace was appointed as the first Metropolitan of that Diocese on April 1, 2009. He took leadership in building the Diocese from scratch. The beautiful diocesan center at Beasley, Houston in 100 Acres is one of the greatest achievements of his time. A Liturgical Resource Development Committee was formed and initiated to translate all our liturgical books into the English Language. About 15 new churches and congregations were established in the cities where the Malankara Orthodox church Mission had not started.
From September 20, 2017, to November 2, 2022, H.G.Alexios Mar Eusebius Metropolitan also served as the assistant metropolitan of the Mavelikkara diocese. Apart from the administrative responsibilities of the diocese H.G. Mar Eusebius currently holds the office of the vice president of the Kerala Council of Churches.
As per the Kalpana of His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Mathews III Malankara Metropolitan, His Grace is serving as the Metropolitan of the Calcutta Diocese from November 3, 2022, onwards.