R.W.Bro.Abraham Markos

Right Worshipful The Regional Grand Master

A PROFILE by V.W.Bro.K.M.SUKADEV at the Unveiling of Portrait of Right Worshipful The Regional Grand Master R.W.Bro.Abraham Markos at Freemasons Hall, Chennai on 16 Feb, 2017

 

R.W.Bro.Abraham Markos was born in the the highly respected, influential and ancient Vathakad family in Kottayam on 6th June, 1952 His father W.Bro.V.O.Markos was prominent and leading  Advocate, who was a Minister in the former Travancore State.

After completing his  his schooling from the Lawrence School, Lovedale in Ooty, Abraham Markos took his B.A. (Eng. Lit) from Loyola College, Chennai in 1972, and then obtained his Law Degree from the Renukacharya College of Law in Bangalore in 1975.

He joined his familv law firm, Joseph and Markos, of which he is at present the Senior Partner. He is also a Senior Partner of the law firm "Joseph and Kuriyan" in Cochin. Both these law firms are specializing in Company, Taxation and Civil Law and have lucrative practice.

His is a Family dedicated and devoted to Freemasonry. His father late W.Bro.V.O.Markos an ardent Freemason, was initiated in Lodge Minchin Trivandrum iri 1937 and he attained the rank of the District Grand Warden in 1965 in the District Grand Lodge of Madras. His uncle R.W.Bro. V.O.Abraharn was also a dedicated Mason who rose to the rank of Past Senior Grand Warden in the Grand Lodge of India.

Abraham Markos was initiated on 22"“ October 1977 in Lodge Cochin No. 4359 EC an passed and raised in the same Lodge.

His father desired that a new Lodge should be consecrated in his hometown of Kottayam. That wish was fulfilled when Lodge Kottayam No. 245 was consecrated in 1982, with his uncle R.W.Bro. V.O.Abraham as its Founder Master. R.W.Bro. Abraham Markos was also a Founder Member in this Lodge and was installed as its sixth W. M. in the year 1986-B7. His family donated the beautiful piece of land on which the V.O.Markos Masonic Hall was constructed. His family had also liberally donated towards the construction expenses. Along with his uncle, he played an active role in reviving Lodge Vanchinad No. 273 at served as its Master in the year 1994-95.

He has  also occupied the Eastern Chair in his mother Lodge in the year 1990, the  Madras Masters Lodge No. 103 in 2002-03 and the Kerala Masters Lodge No.308 in 2008-09.

He served as the Assistant Regional Grand Master for two years from 1998-2000 and was elevated as active Deputy RGM in 2002. He had held manyactive and past ranks in Grand Lodge and now holds the rank of Past Dy.G.M. He is an active member of several Lodges and also a senior member of  Acacia-the Madras Masonic Study Circle.

He has never missed Regional and Grand Lodge Meetings, for which purpose he has traveled extensively all over India.

He was exalted in Chapter Cochin in Chapter Kottayam in 1981, and was a founder member of Chapter Kottayam No.90, consecrated in 1992, and served as its First Principal in 1996-97, the year in which Chapter Kottayam was was adjudged the Best Chapter in the Region. He is also a Founder Member and Past First Principal of the Dakshin Principals Chapter.

In the Regional Grand Chapter of Southern India and the Supreme Grand Chapter of India, he has held several past and active ranks, and is now a Past II Grand Principal.

R.W.Bro.Abraham Markos was advanced in Mark Lodge Sivangnanam, Trivandrum in 1989 and later on he joined Mark Lodge Sarvothama No. 73, Kochi. He became the Founder Master of Mark Lodge V.O.Abraham No. 98, Kottayam. which was consecrated in 2001 and adjudged the Best Mark Lodge in the Region in 2002. He is also a Founder Member and Past Master of Dakshin Mark Masters Lodge. He has held several past and active ranks, and is now Past Deputy Grand Mark Master.

He had served as the Asst. Grand Mark Master of the Grand Mark Lodge of India in 2015-16.

In the Royal Ark Mariners degree he was elevated in the E.K.Palia Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners, Bangalore. He later joined the R.A.M. Lodge Venkateswara, Kochi and went on to become the Founder Commander of the R.A.M. Lodge V.O.Abraham No. 98 at Kottayam which was consecrated in 2003 and adjudged the Best RAM Lodge in the Region for that year. He is a Past Commander of Dakshin Commanders Lodge. He also holds the rank of Senior RAM Grand Officer as well as RAM Regional Grand Officer.

He has been an active member of several service organizations like Rotary. He was the President of the Rotary Club of Kottayam in 1990.

He was a Charter Member of the Kottayam Round Table No. 79 founded in 1985, where he was its second Chairman and went on to become the Area Chairman of the Round Table India Area 1 comprising many clubs in Kerala and Tamil Nadu in 1991-92. Area 1 was acknowledged as the Best Area in India under his leadership and he was adjudged the Best Area Chairman for that year.

R.W.Bro. Abraham Markos is married to Latha. Their son Mithun Markos, himself an Initiate of Lodge Kottayam No. 245, is also a lawyer like his father, and Partner in Markos & Co, a reputed law firm in Bangalore. Their daughter Rosa, an architect by profession, is presently settled in the USA. His two brothers, V.W.Bro.Joseph Markos and V.W.Bro.Reji Markos are also senior Past Masters of lodge Kottayam. Both his brothers-in-law, R.W.Bro.T.T.Kuruvilla, a noted Masonic Scholar and Bro.K.O.Abraham, are distinguished Brethren of the Region.

Our revered R.G.M hails from a very distinguished Masonic Family, who have been living according to Masonic tenets, rule and line. The volume of
contributions made by them towards benevolence is phenomenal .

The exaltatlon and happiness of any community, goes hand in hand with the knowledge possessed by the people, when applied to laudable ends; whereupon it becomes evident that righteousness exaleth a nation; for righteousness embraces knowledge and knowledge is power.

The distinguishing feature of Our revered R.G.M is righteousness in thought and actions and a calm and unruffled behavior even under trying circumstances. He is the shining example of John Ruskin's theory that “The highest reward for a man's toil is not, what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it." Let me conclude by invoking the Great Architect of the Universe to bless him and his family with health, happiness, prosperity and make him the brightest ornament of Freemasonry in our great country. May HE long preserve and enable him to shine as the embodiment of all Masonic values and tenets for ever.