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Obituary: Chinnamma Abraham


NEW YORK: Chinnamma Abraham (81) wife of late Lt. Chandy Abraham (I.N.A.) of Palamootil Polakunnil, Thonackad, Mavelikaran had passed away on March 29 at 9.30pm in New York. Funeral will be held at St. George Orthodox Syrian Church Thonackad, Mavelikara on Tuesday April 4 2006 at 11:30am.

She was a very active member in all Church activities and was the Secretary for Martha Mariam Samajam of St. George Orthodox Syrian Church at Thonackad for more than two decades until she came to United States.

Viewing will be on Friday March 31 at 3pm to 4pm and 6pm – 9pm at Park Funeral Chapels (2175 Jericho Turnpike Garden City Park, NY 11040 Phone: (516) 747-4300 ). Body will be taken to Kerala on Saturday for funeral at Thonackad.

Children- Alex Abraham (Mohan) , Oommen P. Abraham (Rajan), Jegan Thomas Abraham, Sajive Abraham, and Vinod Abraham ( all residing Long Island) Lovley Susan Thomas (Virginia)

In-Laws : Dr. Valsa – Kurudamannil Kunnupurathu Ayroor, Susan – Panicker Veetil Puthiacavu, Mavelikara, Aleyamma – Puthen Veetil, Odanavattom, Kottarakara, Annie – Vattacheril, Trivandrum, Mibby – Mannil, Kulanada are daughter-in-laws and Thomas George – Callumpurathu, Poovathoor, Mavelikara (son-in-law).

Late Rtd. Executive Engineer K.O. Thomas (KSEB) of Eranakulam, Rtd. Sqdn. Leader K.O. George of Bangalore are her brothers. Thankamma wife of late Koshy Jacob – Palamooottil Vadakathil, Mavelikara, Ponamma wife of Pillo Joseph – Amkudyil Pambakuda, Chellamma wife of P.M. George (Thampi) – Panayil, Kayamkulam are her sisters.

For more information contact: 516-390-7341 or 516-721-0879

News Obituary

Obituary: Sunil Itty Varghese


NEW YORK: Sunil Itty Varghese (28 ) son of Baby and Annamma Varghese, Kallupalathinkal House, Kottayam residing at 28 Brookside Drive West, Harriman, NY was born in New York had passed away on March 17, 2006.

The funeral services will be on this Wednesday March 22, 2006. Metropolitans Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios, Mathews Mar Barnabas, Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, Zachariah Mar Theophilos, will be at the wake and for funeral services.

Sunil is survived by his father Baby Varghese, his mother Annamma Varghese, sister Nisse Varghese, brother-in-law Shinu Varghese, and countless family and friends.

Sunil was an extraordinary individual. He was a devout Christian and served God as an altar boy at St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Yonkers. His dedication to his family and friends was always first and foremost. All those around him could feel the excitement he exuded in the anticipation of becoming an uncle. Sunil had a deep passion for music, politics, sports and art. He will always be remembered for his passion of life, commitment to those he loved, an expansive wealth of knowledge and an unrivaled sense of wit and humor.

Growing up, Sunil attended Monroe Woodbury High School and graduated in 1996 as a member of the National Honor Society. He went on to pursue a degree in business at New York University graduating Cum Laude in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Sunil started his career as an intern at BNP Paribas specializing in European Banking and the implementation of the Euro. Continuing his financial career, Sunil was able to take advantage of an opportunity at JP Morgan in equity research where he was part of the Consumer Retail team that was Institutional Investor ranked. Craving to leave the field of research, Sunil accepted a position at 1861 Capital Management, LLC where he thrived as a municipal bond trader.


OCYM – Gulf Conference Concluded


DUBAI: The historical two day GCC Youth Conference, first of its kind in the 70 year history of the Youth Movement, held at the “Marthoma Mathews II Nagar” (St Thomas Orthodox Great Church, Dubai) came to an end on March 3 2006. It was a landmark in the history of the Malankara Orthodox Parishes in the Gulf and was attended by around 800 delegates from all over UAE as well as Bahrain, Muscat, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi and India.

Metropolitan Dr Yuhanon Mar Meletius , President of OCYM inaugurated the conference on 2nd March by lighting the traditional lamp. In his inaugural address His Grace said that the youth in the Gulf have been facing lot of challenges and the church has a responsibility to lead them in the proper path. He was also of the opinion that the lifestyle of the youth in the Gulf may appear to be colorful, but in actuality they face lot of difficulties. Fr Ninan Kuriakose (Vice President of OCYM) presided over the meeting. M/s. P. G. Mathew (Gen convener) , Thomas K Monachen (Secretary of Dubai Parish) K.T. George and Thomas Paul (Managing Committee Members) felicitated.

An ecumenical meeting was held where Metropolitan Dr.Yoohanon Mar Meletius gave the inaugural address. P.M. Jose (President of YMCA Sharjah) presided over the meeting. The Main address was delivered by Mrs Catherine Graham (MECC coordinator in UAE). She exhorted that youngsters should concentrate more on social justice and activities of the less privileged people. Rev Stephen Miller (Anglican Church), Raynah Briganzah (Catholic Youth Coordinator) spoke on the occasion. Babu Kurian welcomed the guests.

A special meeting in honour of the distinguished personalities of the church followed. Film Director Lalji was the chief guest. Fr. V.V. Kuriakose (Asst Vicar, Dubai church) presided over the meeting. Jose Kurian Puliyeril introduced ‘Indian Orthodox Herald’, the first E-paper of Malankara community by BMM Creations, Inc. George Abraham, one of the moderators of ICON explained about the success of ICON (Indian Christian Orthodox Network) with the help of a professionally devised power point presentation. M/S George Varghese, Georgekutty Mathakuzhiyil and Moncy were also honored. Jobins welcomed the guests.

On Friday, after Holy Qurbana, Metropolitan Mar Meletius spoke on the main theme, ” Pilgrimage To Truth”. His Grace said that to know what is truth is instrumental in achieving success in the life of a Christian.” In this complicated world, only those who are able to identify their aim, destination and the path will become successful”, His Grace added. G.C.C. business session was followed where secretaries/representatives from various units briefed the audience about activities of their respective units.

A unique segment where media personalities spoke on ” Media’s part in protecting religious Harmony”. P.V. Vivekanand, Chief Editor of Gulf Today served as the moderator. Issac John Pattaniparambil, business reporter of Khaleej Times and recipient of various awards, gave the keynote address. M/s Pradeep Pillai(Manorama-UAE), Basheer (Madhyamam) Ashraf (Chandrika) and Paul Manalil ( Malayala Manorama) spoke on the occasion. All of them opined that the reader also is equally responsible for the deviations in the press reports as many times reporters have to please the taste of the reader. Boban Thomas and James Samuel gave the welcome address and vote of thanks.

Paul Manalil presented a paper on Malankara Vision 2012 (100 years after the establishment of Catholicate in Malankara). He stressed the importance to have projects that help the next generation cling to the apostolic faith of the holy church. He suggested that the church leadership should prioritize activities and criticized those parishes that spend crores for church buildings. He also reiterated that the church should become a mission church.

In the discussion Forum, Open forum and debate that followed, Rev Fr. Saji Yohannan(Shj),Rev Fr. Koshy Thomas (Fujeirah), Rev Fr Paul Thomas (Al Ain) and Fr. Ninan Kuriakose (Vice President) actively participated.

A cultural program was staged later starting with a procession around the church with traditional band (Panchavadyam), thalappoli, flaots, margam kali etc. Dances, skits, drama and rendition of songs by Radio stars enthralled the audience.

Fr. P. K. Thomas welcomed the guests. John P George (OCYM Secretary) proposed vote of thanks.