His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Mathews II, the sixth Catholicos of the East, and 89th successor to the Holy Apostolic Throne of St. Thomas, was born on January 30, 1915 at Perinad in Kollam District of Kerala. His Holiness had his early education in a local school. After his High School education he had his training at Old Seminary Kottayam and also at Basil Dayara, Pathanamthitta. Later he joined Bishop's College, Calcutta for his B.D. Degree. He had his higher education in Theology at General Theological Seminary, New York.He was ordained as Deacon in 1938 and as Priest in 1941.
Mar Elia Chapel, Shasthamkotta, Kerala, India is the resting place of H.H. Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Mathews II, the sixth Catholicos of the East and the Malankara Metropolitan of Malankara Orthodox Church. HH passed away on January 26, 2006. Mar Elia Chapel is part of the Mount Horeb Ashram. In addition to the Chapel, there are many institutions such as an orphanage, bible school, high school that was started by HH.