Bishop Philipos Mar Stephanos installed as the second bishop of the Eparchy
The installation of Most Rev. Dr. Philipos Mar Stephanos as the second bishop of St. Mary, Queen of Peace Eparchy in the United States and Canada was held on 28 October 2017 at 3 pm at St. Vincent De Paul Syro-Malankara Catholic Cathedral, Elmont, New York. Following the Holy Qurbono for the Installation at 10 am, the Sunthroniso service commenced at 3 pm with the liturgical reception given for His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos, Bishop Philipos Mar Stephanos, along with fourteen bishops from both the Eastern and Western rites of the Catholic Church. Rt. Rev. Msgr. Kuriakose Thadathil was the master of ceremonies in this blessed service attended by around a thousand faithful and clergy from all the parishes in the Eparchy.
The Sunthroniso service was followed by a brief felicitation meeting, which was attended by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York, Bishop William Murphy, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, and several other distinguished prelates. Felicitations and greetings were accorded to Bishop Philipos Mar Stephanos by Moran Mor Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, the prefect of the Congregation of the Oriental Churches, through a written message read by Msgr. Dennis Kuruppussery, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and Bishop Thomas Mar Eusebius. Bishop Philipos Mar Stephanos spoke afterwards and expressed his gratitude to brother bishops and all the clergy and faithful who participated and prayed for him. The meeting concluded with Sleeba Muthu by the newly installed Bishop of the Eparchy.
We, the Eparchy, are praying for you and look toward you for guidance, dear Pithaave.