Aprem Mooken
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Aprem Mooken

Aprem Mooken
Metropolitan of the Chaldean Syrian Church
ChurchAssyrian Church of the East ? (of India) (Chaldean Syrian Church)
SeeMarth Mariam Cathedral
Installed29 September 1968
Ordination29 September 1968, Baghdad, Iraq
by Mar Thoma Darmo
Personal details
Birth nameGeorge Mooken
Born (1940-06-13) 13 June 1940 (age 80)
Thrissur, British india
DenominationChaldean Syrian Church
ResidenceThrissur, Kerala, India
ParentsDevassy Mooken and Kochu Mariyam Mooken
Alma materSerampore University, Union Theological Seminary (New York City), Mahatma Gandhi University, St. Thomas College, Thrissur

Mar Aprem Mooken (born George Mooken) is the Metropolitan of the Assyrian Church of the East (Classical Syriac: ? ‎) in India (Chaldean Syrian Church).

Early life

George Mooken was born on 13 June 1940 in Thrissur, Kerala, India. Educated in India, England, and America, he specialized in Church History. He served as President of the Church History Association of India between 1976 and 1982. He studied at Leonard Theological College, Jabalpur for B.D.

George Mooken gained master's degrees in Church History from both the United Theological College, Bangalore (1966) and the Union Theological Seminary, New York (1967). He was ordained a deacon on 25 June 1961, and a priest four years later on 13 June 1965. He was consecrated Bishop on 21 September 1968, taking the name Mar Aprem Mooken, and promoted as a Metropolitan eight days later in Baghdad[1] for the Ancient Church of the East. In 1995, he was instrumental in healing the rift that had developed in the church over the question of hereditary appointments since the 1960s.


Mar Aprem is the author of 65 books on topics which include church history, theology, social issues, and humour.

Selected works


  • Mooken, Aprem (1974). Mar Thoma Darmo: A Biography (PDF). Trichur: Mar Narsai Press.
  • Mooken, Aprem (1975). Mar Abimalek Timotheus: A Biography (PDF). Trichur: Mar Narsai Press.
  • Mooken, Aprem (1981). Strange But True: An Honest and Humorous Autobiography of the Youngest Indian Archbishop (PDF). Trivandrum: Maryland Printers and Publishers.
  • Mooken, Aprem (1987). Mar Abdisho Thondanat: A Biography. Trichur: Mar Narsai Press.
  • Mooken, Aprem (1991). Not So Strange: 2nd Part of an Honest and Humorous Autobiography (PDF). Trichur: Author?s publication.
  • Mooken, Aprem (2004). Patriarch Mar Dinkha IV: The Man and His Message (PDF). Trichur: Mar Narsai Press.

Church History


  • America Revisited, 1977.
  • Germany via Vienna: A Travelogue. 1980.
  • From Baghdad to Chicago: A Travelogue. 1985.
  • Australian Assyrians. 1988.
  • Belgium and Holland via U.K. & U.S.A.: A Travelogue. 1989.
  • Sydney to Canberra: A Travelogue. 1989.
  • The Assyrians in Iraq. 1989.
  • Washington New York: A Travelogue. 1992.
  • London to Moscow: A Travelogue. 1994.
  • Los Angeles to Tokyo: A Travelogue. 1993.
  • Oxford to Austria: A Travelogue. 1995.
  • Salzburg to Boston: A Travelogue. 1995.
  • Israel, Scandinavia & U.S.A.: A Travelogue. 1996.
  • Hassake to Hollywood: A Travelogue. 1998.
  • Italy, Liban & Iran: A Travelogue. 1998.
  • To U.K. Via U.S.A.: A Travelogue. 1999.
  • USA, Canada, Europe & Thailand: A Travelogue. 2000.
  • Austria to Australia: A Travelogue. 2001.
  • India to Indiana: A Travelogue. 2002.
  • Two Trips in 2002: A Travelogue. 2003.
  • Budapest to Rugby: A Travelogue. 2003.
  • UAE via U.K. and USA: A Travelogue. 2005.
  • Sharjah, Qatar & Brazil: A Travelogue. 2006.
  • Wiesbaden to Moscow: A Travelogue. 2007.
  • Dubai to Duhok: A Travelogue. 2009.
  • Sydney, Melbourne & Perth: A Travelogue. 2009.
  • Chicago via Abu Dhabi: A Travelogue. 2010.
  • Los Angeles to Dubai: A Travelogue. 2012.
  • Rugby to Rome: A Travelogue. 2012.
  • 14th Holy Synod & Sir Baniyas Monastery: A Travelogue. 2013.
  • Muscat and Sri Lanka: A Travelogue. 2014.


  • Bishop's Jokes. 3rd ed., Bombay: Light of Life Magazine. 1983.
  • Laugh with the Bishop. 8th ed., Bombay: St.Paul's. 1988.
  • Laugh to Health. Madras: C.L.S.. 1992.
  • Holy Humour. 1993.
  • Joy to the World. 1994.
  • Holy Smile. 1997.
  • Not So Funny. 2004.


  • An Introduction to the History of the Eastern Churches. 1976.
  • Christeeya Bhakti Ganangal. 1985.
  • Sabha Charitra Dictionary. 1985.
  • Christuvinte Kalpadukalilude: A Travelogue. 1985.


  • From Relief to Development. 1979.
  • Teach Yourself Aramaic. 1981.
  • Behold the Cross of Calvary. 1987.
  • Sermons From the Gospels [Vol. I] from Advent to Pentecost. 1988.
  • Sermons From the Gospels [Vol. II]. 1988.
  • The Nestorian Canon Law. 1990.
  • Mesopotamia Light. 1993.
  • Voices of the East. 1998.
  • Mother of the Motherless. 2002.
  • Poems and Prayers. 2002.
  • The History of the Assyrian Church of the East in the Twentieth Century. Kottayam: St. Ephrem Ecumenical Research Institute. 2003.
  • Assyrian Manuscripts in India. 2011.

See also


  1. ^ Aprem, The Assyrians in Iraq, 39-41


External links

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