Order of the Imitation of Christ (O.I.C.)

Also known as: Congregazione dell’Imitazione di Cristo detta “di Betania” (Italiano) / Congregatio de Imitatione Christi (latine) / Bethany Ashram / Orden de la Imitación de Cristo (español) / Congrégation de l’Imitation du Christ (français) / Zakon Naśladowania Chrystusa (polski)

Type: Clerical Religious Congregation of Pontifical Right (for Men)

Rite: Syro-Malankar (Antiochian)

Depends on: Dicastery for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life

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History

Contact Info

Address: Bethany Ashram, Vadavathoor, P.B. 6, Kottayam-686010, Kerala, India

Phone: (0481) 257.84.94

Past Superiors

Superior General:IndiaBishop Mathai Kadavil, O.I.C. (60)Fr. Mathai Kadavil, O.I.C. (60) (later Bishop) (2021.01.27 – 2023.12.12)
Superior General:IndiaFr. Jose Kuruvila Peedikayil, O.I.C. (2014 – 2021)
Superior General:IndiaFr. Jose Mariadas, O.I.C. (2009 – 2014)
Superior General:IndiaFr. George Thomas Kallunkal, O.I.C. (1998 – 2009)
Superior General:IndiaFr. Jerome Peedikaparampil, O.I.C. (1992 – 1998)
Superior General:IndiaFr. Dominic Odalil, O.I.C. (1991 – 1992)
Superior General:IndiaFr. Louis Moolaveettil, O.I.C. (1986 – 1991)
Superior General:IndiaFr. John Berchmans, O.I.C. (1980 – 1986)
Superior General:IndiaFr. Jacob Perumpral, O.I.C. (1978 – 1980)
Superior General:IndiaFr. Cyril Baselios Malancharuvil, O.I.C. (later Major Archbishop) (1974 – 1978.10.28)
Superior General:IndiaFr. Jacob Perumpral, O.I.C. (1965 – 1974)
Superior General:IndiaFr. Joshua Thavalathil, O.I.C. (1959 – 1965)
Superior General:IndiaFr. Peter Kozhimannil, O.I.C. (1953 – 1959)
Superior General:IndiaFr. Joshua Thavalathil, O.I.C. (1949 – 1951)
Superior General:IndiaFr. John Kuzhimepurath, O.I.C. (1948 – 1949)
Superior General:IndiaVenerable Bishop Geevarghese Ivanios Giorgio Tommaso Panickerveetil, O.I.C. (later Archbishop) (1919 – 1932.02.13)

Founder

Founder:IndiaVenerable Fr. Geevarghese Ivanios Giorgio Tommaso Panickerveetil, O.I.C. (later Archbishop) (1919)

Other Former Members (1)

>2022: IndiaFr. Varghese Vinayanand, O.I.C., Apostolic Administrator of Saint John Chrysostom of Gurgaon of the Syro-Malankars (India)

Living Bishops (2 Bishops)

IndiaBishop Mathai Kadavil, O.I.C. (60)Bishop Mathai Kadavil, O.I.C. (60), Bishop of Saint Ephrem of Khadki of the Syro-Malankars (India)

IndiaBishop Thomas Anthonios Valiyavilayil, O.I.C. (68)Bishop Thomas Anthonios Valiyavilayil, O.I.C. (68), Bishop of Saint John Chrysostom of Gurgaon of the Syro-Malankars (India)

Deceased Bishops (1 Major Archbishop, 2 Archbishops, 1 Bishop)

2021: IndiaBishop Jacob Barnabas Aerath, O.I.C., Bishop of Saint John Chrysostom of Gurgaon of the Syro-Malankars (India)

2007: IndiaMajor Archbishop Cyril Baselios Malancharuvil, Major Archbishop of Trivandrum of the Syro-Malankars (India)

1994: IndiaArchbishop Benedict Varghese Gregorios Thangalathil, O.I.C., Metropolitan of Trivandrum of the Syro-Malankars (India)

1953: IndiaVenerable Archbishop Geevarghese Ivanios Giorgio Tommaso Panickerveetil, O.I.C., Metropolitan of Trivandrum of the Syro-Malankars (India)

Statistics (2021.12.31)

Houses: 53

Members: 262 (212 priests)

Houses

Members

Last updated on 2024.04.06

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