His Grace Mar Thoma Dionysius
H.H. Baselios Marthoma Didimos I
The college is affiliated to the University of Kerala and was upgraded in 1978 St. Stephen's College was founded in 1964 after the name of St. Stephen, the first martyr of Christianity. The college was the fulfilment of a long cherished desire of its founder, His Grace The Most Rev. Mar Thoma Dionysius. The college was formally declared open by His Holiness Mar Baselios Augen of the East on 8th July 1964. In 1968 the College was shifted to its present site, in the serene village of Maloor, 6 kms away from Pathanapuram.Read More
Our College is named after St. Stephen (1st century), one of the first seven ordained Deacons and the first Martyr of Christianity. His biography and an elaborate apologia by him before Jewish council are recorded in the Book of Acts, chapter 7 (Bible). Though by birth a Hellenistic diaspora Jew, he was brought up by his mother as a true Christian. Justifying the meaning of his name (Stephen=Crown) he was truly a ‘crown’ of the Church. He was a mirror image of Christ in every sense and was a man full of faith, wisdom and of the Holy Spirit. He taught in the Synagogue of the Libertines. He was accused of blasphemy before the Jewish council and was then stoned to death and while dying, he prayed for the pardon of his accusers. We should be proud of having St. Stephen as our Patron Saint. We should imbibe from him the message of sacrifice, forgiveness and commitment and try to be crowns of the society.
The life of His Grace Mar Thoma Dionysius is a source of inspiration for all of us in the family of Mount Tabor. His Grace was a pioneer in the educational field of Kerala. More than five decades back, His Grace laid the foundation for a Religo-Educational Centre at Pathanapuram at a beautiful hillock which he christened as ‘Mount Tabor’. His Grace was a student of Christ Church College in the Oxford University during 1937-39. Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, former President of India, was one of his best friends there. Inspired by the noble traditions of western culture and civilization, His Grace wanted the Mount Tabor to be the fountainhead of progress for the people around. He was consecrated as Metropolitan of Niranam Diocese of the Orthodox Church in 1940 and continued in the same ecclesiastical post for 32 years till his demise on 3rd December 1972. Besides being an ecclesiastical episcopal leader, he was also a versatile social leader, philanthropist, humanist and educationalist. The valuable services rendered by Mount Tabor educational institutions, hospitals and orphanages in different parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu testify the commitment of His Grace for the cause of education and social welfare in the backward and under developed areas.
To equip the youngsters to face the challenges of life, by creatively responding to changing environments; to become useful and responsible members of society, by becoming adequately proficient in different branches of learning; to imbibe a spirit of cooperation, uprightness and empathy and readiness to respect others; and to become aware of their social and moral responsibilities.
To provide quality education in the concerned areas of learning, by arranging suitable educational environment, where learning becomes a joyful experience. To encourage creative thinking in students, which would inspire experimentation, research and discovery leading to excellence in learning. To provide for growth of students as mature personalities, by developing academic, social and physical skills, through playing leadership roles; and participation in campus activities and community building programmes