Rev. Fr. Paul Cherian

Bronx New York USA

Rev. Fr. Paul Cherian
Assistant Vicar
(718) 584 1900

Rev. Fr. Paul Alummoottil Cherian, is the third child of Rev. Fr. A.K. Cherian and Mrs. Molly Cherian. He was born on December 3 at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, Bronx, New York.

After completing High School, Paul (affectionately known as Tom) attended St. Thomas Aquinas College where he received a Bachelor’s in Social Science (Psychology). St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, NY was the next step in his spiritual training. There he received a Master’s in Divinity degree. One month before graduating from the Seminary, Paul was ordained a Sub Deacon on Saturday, April 13th, 2002 at his home parish, St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Bronx, New York. His Grace Mathews Mar Barnabas, His Grace Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios, His Grace Dr. Mathews Mar Severios, His Grace Dr. Yakob Mar Irenaeus and His Grace Dr. Zachariah Mar Nicholovos were the main celebrants in one of the most colorful and memorable events in the parish and the American Diocese. Very Rev. Dr. Yuhanon (H.G. Dr. Yuhanon Mar Chrysostemos), 35 Priests, 4 deacons and over 600 people were also present. Our Semassen has a special place in the history of the American Diocese seeing that he was the first American born youth to attend Seminary and receive Ordination. Semassen was married to Shallu Thomas on Monday, April 27, 2009 at the Devalokam Aramana Chapel and elevated to the Order of Full Deacon on Wednesday, April 29 at the St. Paul’s Mission Training Center Chapel by His Grace Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios and His Grace Dr. Mathews Mar Thimothios. Semassen was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on Sunday, March 14, 2010 at his home parish by His Grace Mathews Mar Barnabas and His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos.

Following his ordination and graduation from the Seminary, Achen was accepted into a Master’s of Arts (Counseling) graduate program at the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling, Nyack, New York. In May of 2005, he graduated the program with his Masters degree. Semassen continues to be a spiritual leader and counselor to young people throughout the American Diocese.

Achen was one of the co-founders of the St. Mary’s Church MGOCSM and a staff member of the Church Sunday school program (Grades 2, 8, 10, 12). He was nominated by the MGOCSM of the Diocese and appointed by the Diocesan Metropolitan as the General Secretary from August 2004-August 2006. He was also appointed by His Grace Mathews Mar Barnabas as the Coordinator of the Mission Wing of the Diocese. Semassen coordinated the 2005 & 2006 Mission Trips to India.