The Very Rev. Dr. Yohannan Sankarathil Cor-Episcopa is the vicar of St. Thomas Malankara Orthodox Church, Levittown, Long Island and has been since its inception in 1986. He came to the United States in September of 1970 for higher theological studies at Union Theological Serminary, from where he graduated. He also earned five Master’s degrees (Malayalam & Sanskrit, Counseling Psychology, Rehab Counseling, Recreation Therapy, Theology) and a Doctorate in Theology. HH Baselious Augen I, Catholicos of the East, appointed him to organize parishes for the Malankara Orthodox Church in the United States on August 2nd, 1971. He was the first Vicar of the Malankara Orthodox Church in the United States. Rev. Fr. Yohannan has been instrumental in establishing various parishes in the early days of the Malankara Orthodox Church in the U.S and Canada. He is also a member of the “Sankarathil” family, a priestly family with ancient ties to the first Christians in Kerala. Rev. Fr. Yohannan also worked for 25 years for the NY State Mental Health system.
Fr. Abraham (Abey) George is the assistant vicar of St. Thomas Malankara Orthodox Church, Levittown, Long Island. He graduated with a Master of Divinity from St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, South Canaan, PA. He currently serves as the Principal Secretary to our Diocesan Metropolitan, His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, and as the director of FOCUS for the diocese. He also works for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a hospital chaplain.
Vicars from THE PARISH
Fr. Sujit Thomas is currently serving as the assistant vicar of St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church (Unruh), Philadelphia. His formative years were spent as a member of St. Thomas Malankara Orthodox Church, Levittown. Very Rev. Dr. Yohannan Sankarathil Cor-Episcopa brought Sujit Achen into the altar as an acolyte. His parents and brother are members of the parish.