Saint Gregorios of Parumala popularly known as 'Parumala Thirumeni', was born on 15th June 1848 (M.E. Mithunam 3, 1023) to Kochu Mathai and Mariam of Pallathetta family in the Chathuruthy house at Mulamthuruthy. He shines in the cloud of witnesses as a bright luminary giving rays of hope to millions in their suffering and struggles. Dedication and sacrifice were the key words of his life. His busy schedules never deterred him from hearing the grievances of the common man and was always in the forefront extending necessary help to them. Thirumeni's life was one of righteousness and holiness. Through his prayers many were cured from mental illness and evil spirit and many received peace and spiritual prosperity. The Holy Father's short life was remarkable in many respects and he made it clear to the world that prayer and devotion is mightier than any worldly possession.
A deacon at the age of 10, a priest at the age of 18, a bishop at the young age of 28 (the reason for calling him 'Kochu Thirumeni'); he passed away at the age of 54 on 2nd November 1902, after a saintly life of prayer to become the brightest jewel of the Universal Syrian Church.