NEW YORK: The Annual Conference of the Marth Mariam Vanitha Samajam of the American Diocese was held at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Sayville on Oct 21st Saturday from 9.00 am to 4.00pm.
The conference was inaugurated by the Asst. Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos.
The theme of the conference was “The challenges to Christian faith today”. Fr. Bijesh Philip, professor of Nagpur theological seminary was the keynote speaker. In his speech, he went over the various elements which stand against to our faith and the ways to overcome them. His speech was very enthusiastic to the audience. In his presidential address, Mathews Mar Barnabas, the metropolitan of the American Diocese, put emphasis on showing Christ’s love in our practical life.
The Bible quiz competition was conducted in the afternoon session. Fr. M. K. Kuriakose (St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church Philadelphia) was the Quiz-Master. Almost 26 churches were participated in the quiz competition. The St. Thomas Yonkers and St. Stephens Bergenfield shared the 1st and 2nd prizes respectively.
The Raffle drawing was also conducted and the winners were from St. Thomas Yonkers(1st &3rd) and St. Mary’s Montclair(2nd). The top two raffle sellers were St. Thomas Yonkers (1st) and St. Thomas Detroit and St. Baselios Brooklyn (2nd).
The Business meeting session in the afternoon was under the leadership of Chor-episcopos Paulose Adai. Saroja Varghese was elected as the new Treasurer and Saramma George as the Jt. Treasurer. The melodies songs by the church choir, Group song by St. George Orthodox Church, Staten Island, Devotional songs by Elizabeth Tharaken and Sangeetha Mani gave a spiritual uplift to the conference.
Chor-episcopos Paulose Adai welcomed the gathering and general secretary Shiny Raju delivered the vote of thanks. Including Priests and Deacons, about 300 members were attended the conference.
Shiny Raju, Mary Ennacheril, Thankamma Korah, Thresiamma Vettichira and Elcy Yohannan Shankarathil gave their leadership to the conference.
The conference for the year 2007 was sponsored by St. Mary’s Church, Jackson Heights, New York .