Fr. Joseph Varghese (Ph.D. Cand.)
• PhD Candidate with the South African Theological Seminary (SATS) completing research on the Jewish influence on the liturgy of early Christian Communities in Upper Mesopotamia. Focus will be on the development of the early Syrian Orthodox Church Liturgy and how the Jewish Christian communities around upper Mesopotamia influenced the early liturgical practices. • In May 2018, obtained M.A. in Theology from St. Joseph's Catholic Seminary and College, Yonkers. Completed the required courses and approval of a thesis on “The Fraction Rites on the Liturgy of the Syrian Orthodox Church” by successfully defending the way by which Cyrillian Christology is expressed by the Church in the Fraction Rite. • Obtained M.A. in Sociology with specialization in Counseling from Ravishankar University, Raipur, India.