Rt. Rev. George Cornelious T. has been consecrated as the new bishop of the Krishna- Godavari Diocese of the Church of South India. He is the seventh Bishop of the Diocese.
The consecration service was led by Most Rev. Thomas K. Oommen, the Moderator of the Church of South India, on 29th of May 2018 at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Machilipatnam. Rt. Rev. Dr. Vadapalli Prasada Rao, the Deputy Moderator, Rev. Dr. Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda, the General Secretary, Rt. Rev. A. C. Solomon (Bishop, CSI Medak Diocese), Rt. Rev. Mohan Manoraj (Bishop, CSI Karnataka Southern Diocese) Rt. Rev. Pushpalalitha (Bishop, CSI Dornakal Diocese) Rt. Rev. Dr. Reuben Mark (Bishop, CSI Karimnagar Diocese), Rt. Rev. Dr. Oommen George, and Rt. Rev. Dr. Dyvasirvadam (former Moderator and the former bishop in Krishna- Godavari) assisted the Moderator in the Communion service. The Deputy Moderator delivered the consecration sermon. Adv. Robert Bruce, the Hon. Treasurer of the Church of South India and the Diocesan leaders also gave the leadership in the consecration service. People from various walks of life, the missionaries, heads of institutions, representatives from theological colleges, members of the neighbouring dioceses, and leaders and members of other denominations witnessed the consecration service.
During the installation, Rev. Dr D. Rathnakara Sadananda, General Secretary of the CSI, read the instrument of election and selection. The congregation gave its assent. The Moderator then led the consecration and installation of the Bishop-elect. There was a solemn examination of the Bishop-elect, followed by the congregational hymn inviting the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Moderator and the officiating Bishops laid their hands on the head of the Bishop-elect and prayed that God ordains and consecrates him Bishop in God’s Church. The Moderator then presented the newly consecrated Bishop with the Bible and the Pastoral Staff, the symbol of the good shepherd, while the Bishop was adorned with the Saffron Stole. The Deputy Moderator placed the Episcopal Ring on his finger, a token of pledge and fidelity. The Bishops then welcomed the new Bishop to the council of the Bishops by giving the right hand of fellowship. The Moderator then declared Rt. Rev. George Cornelious T. as the Bishop in the Church of God, in the name of Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. The congregation responded with a loud ‘Amen’ and sang the doxology.
Then the newly consecrated Bishop was led to his Episcopal chair. The lay officers of the Diocese, representatives of the laity and representatives of the Deacons and Presbyters and women workers promised all due obedience to the new Bishop.
Rt. Rev. George Cornelious has been elevated to this high office after a long and effective ministry in the diocese in various capacities. Bishop is fifty-seven years old; married to Mrs. Joshuva Kumari Dasari and blessed with one son; Dinesh Cornelious – studying Bachelor of Divinity at ACTC, Hyderabad, and a daughter; Monica Cornelious, Working in Infotech, Hyderabad. Bishop started his ministry as the Bishop’s Secretary and served in various parishes. He was the Director of the Christian Education and the Youth Department of the Diocese.
May God bless him to lead this great diocese of the Church of South India with zeal and enthusiasm.