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Fr. Alexander James Kurien

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Senior Staff Member

Phone: (202) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: k***@***.gov
Local Address: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington Dc , District of Columbia 20520
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1986, the U.S. Department of State's au pair program allows 18 to 26-year-old international visitors who travel to the U.S. on a J-1 Visitor Exchange...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Chartered Financial Analyst, Fellow
    Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors of Real Estate Valuation , Certified Business Valuer
  • Member
    Appraisal Institute


  • bachelor's degree , divinity
  • part-time master's course , strategic planning
    US Army War College
  • double masters
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Fr. Alexander James Kurien Celebrated Silver Jubilee of his Ordination to the Priesthood
Written By: Staff Writer on Jul 10th, 2012 and filed under Features, News, World News.
PHILADELPHIA: Fr. Alexander James Kurien, a priest of the Indian Orthodox Church and a senior staff member of the United States Department of State in Washington, D.C. celebrated the 25th anniversary of his Holy Ordination to the priesthood on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at St. Gregorios Orthodox Church located in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.
Fr.Alexander Kurien has been a vibrant presence in the spiritual and social lives of so many people in the Washington DC metro area for about two decades.
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Fr Alexander Kurien on his Silver Jubilee of priestly ordination
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Fr. Alexander J. Kurien gets top post in US administration
Fr Alexander James Kurien of the Indian Orthodox Malankara Church is expected to assume charge as the deputy administrator of the Office of the Government wide Policy (OGP) by August end.
"Fr. Kurien has been a vibrant presence in the spiritual and social lives of so many people in the Washington DC metro area for about two decades," reports It hailed him as a visionary, an exceptionally talented organizer, an efficient motivator, and compassionate spiritual leader.
He came to the US after finishing 12th grade. He is the youngest son of Koshy Kurien and Pennamma Kurien of Kadackal House, Pallipad, Kerala.
He was ordained a priest for the Kottayam Devalokam Chapel on June 28, 1987.
In addition to the theological studies, he has completed Master of Business Administration in Finance, Master of Science in Strategic Planning, Chartered Financial Analyst, Fellow of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Counselor of Real Estate Valuation, Certified Business Valuer, and Member of the Appraisal Institute.
Fr Kurien has collaborated with 30 United States Government Executive Departments and agencies to accommodate their operational platform to conduct their mission in 324 embassies and consulates.
"In the last one decade of ..., 8 Aug 2009 [cached]
"In the last one decade of my job in the US State Department, I have travelled to 147 countries and have played a crucial role in opening 65 new consulates and embassies (also relocating existing ones)," Washington-based Kurien, 45, said.
He was in his hometown at Haripad in Alappuzha district for a short private visit following a death in his family.
He is mostly busy travelling across the globe for his job. In India too, Kurien has been in charge of starting US consulates or relocating them, be it in Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai or Chennai.
In 2004, he spent a year in Iraq to supervise Iraqi relief operations on behalf of the US government.
"It was through my priesthood that I was able to maintain a balance in life wherein I could effectively manage spirituality and the pressures of my hugely demanding job. It is certainly tough but god has given me the strength and in return I never ever take money while I perform my job as a priest," said Kurien.
He was ordained in 1987 as a priest in the Orthodox Church, which has its headquarters in Kottayam district.
Leaving the shores of the small coastal village after completing his schooling at the age of 16, Kurien reached the US to join his sister who was already working there.
Studies were a passion. He first completed his bachelor's degree in divinity from a university in Boston and then reached Athens from where he took double masters in theology and philosophy from the Greek Orthodox Seminary.
He was busy studying even when he became the parish vicar of the St Gregorious Orthodox Church in Washington - a position in which he has served for the past 18 years.
"Then I finished my MBA in finance and completed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) course. I completed my fellow programme from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors," said Kurien.
Kurien is currently on a two-year sabbatical and wears the cassock only when conducting mass or important church functions.
In 1999, he was inducted into the US State Department as an international planning consultant.
This year, after the Obama administration took over, he became the first person of Indian origin to sit in the chair of director of strategic planning in the department.
But his passion for studies is yet to stop as he is currently doing a part-time master's course in strategic planning at the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
While he is busy globetrotting, his wife Ajitha Kurien who holds a double masters is busy at home looking after their three children.
Having helped set up so many US consulates across the world, Kurien has a dream - to see a consulate office opening in his home state.
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Alexander J. Kurien, FRICS, CFA, MAIOBO Chief Liaison Officer to COMUS Department of State
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Written By: Fr. Alexander J. Kurien on Dec 18th, 2014 and filed under Columns, Features, Opinions.
- Fr Alexander J Kurien of the Indian Orthodox Church is the deputy administrator at the Government wide Policy (OGP) of United States government.
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