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Consecration of Metropolitans: First Tent Pole Is Set


KOTTAYAM: Catholicos Elect Paulose Mar Milithios has set the first tent pole for the huge tent being eructed for consecration of Metropolitans on Thursday, April 29, 2010. Consecration ceremony will be on Wednesday, May 12, 2010.

Secretary to the Holy Episcopal Synod, Dr. Mathews Mar Severios, vicar, Mar Elia Cathedral, Kottayam, Fr. Mohan Joseph, Fr. Mathew Koshy, Fr. M.C. Kuriakose, Fr. Youhanon John, Fr. Prof. K.V. Paulose, Fr. Saibu M. Zachariah, Dn. Thomas George, Malankara Managing Committee Members, Prof. Jacob Kurien Onattu and A. K. Thomas, Trustees of Mar Elia Cathedral Babuji George and Shibu Varghese, Secreatry, MEC, Babu G. Mathew, Members of Municipal Council, Kottayam S. Gopakumar, Kuruvilla Jacob, Giby John, Raveendran, and a large number of faithful attended the function.

25000 faithful can watch the consecration live from inside the tent, which will be spread over a total area of 45,000 square feet in front of the Cathedral. The tent will extend to the Baselius College ground too. Short Circuit TV will be set and the budget for the whole preparations will be 2 million Rupees.

More than 10,000 vehicles are expected and parking is prepared at Lourde Forona Church ground, M.T. Seminary School ground and Jerusalem Marthoma Church ground. Vehicles of Metropolitans can park at M.D. Seminary High School ground. There will be shuttle buses from parking lots to the venue of consecration.

“It is an occasion of delight that once again a Metropolitan Consecration comes to Kottayam, the centre of Malankara Orthodox Church. It is all the more an occurrence of happiness that this consecration will take place at the M.D. Seminary Campus, the sacred place that witnessed many important moments of Malankara Church history from 1953 onwards”, stated Fr. Mohan Joseph.

Chor Episcopos C.J. Punnose, Fr. Abraham Korah, Fr. C.O. George, Fr. K.M. Isaac, Fr. P.A. Philip, Fr. Mathew Koshy, Fr. M.C. Kuriakose, Fr. Youhanon John, Fr. Prof. K.V. Paulose, and Fr. Saibu M. Zachariah are to chair different committees. Dn. Thomas George, K. John Cherian, Prof. John Joseph, Mamman P. Thomas, P.C. Abraham, Thomas Mathai, K.C. Chacko, Eapen K. Oommen, Sabu P. Thomas, Adv. Kuruvilla Jacob, Shiju Thomas, and P.C. Varghese will serve as conveners to various committees.
More than 500 members are working hard under 11 different committees to make the event memorable. There will be a ‘Volunteer Force’ that comprises more than 500 members to regulate the activities on consecration day.

A Central Committee is also formed for the smooth conduct of the event. Fr. Mohan Joseph will act as the General Convener. Prof. Jacob Kurien Onattu, Prof. Mathew Jacob, A. K. Joseph, Babu G. George, Shibu Varghese, Prof. Babu G. Mathew, Alexander Oommen, and Prof. John Joseph are the members of the Central Committee.

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‘Order of St. George’ Award to Mar Osthathios


CHANDANAPPALLI: This year’s Order of St. George award will be conferred on Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios Metropolitan.

Presentation of the award will take place on Saturday, May 8th at 11.00 am at St. George Orthodox Church, Chandanappalli. Minister of Agriculture, Government of Kerala, Mullakkara Ratnakaran will present the award.

The Catholicos Mar Baselios Marthoma Didymos I will preside over the function. Catholicose Elect Paulose Mar Milithios, Metropolitan of Thumpamon Kuriakose Mar Clemis, Sabha Secretary Dr. George Joseph, and Member of Indian Parliament P.C. Chacko will speak on the occasion.

Mar Osthathios is the senior most Metropolitan of Malankara Church. He has founded about 40 Movements of philanthropic nature and has also published more than 60 books.

He was conferred with many awards like Nilackal Award and the first Marthoma VIth Award previously. In the past years, Dr. George Varghese, Dr. Alex, Captain Raju, and K.G. Markose were bestowed with this award.

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Fr. K. Geevarghese Earns Doctoral Degree


ROME: Lecturer of St. Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary, Nagpur, Fr. K. Geevarghese (Fr. Reji) earned a doctoral degree in New Testament from the St. Thomas Aquinas Pontifical University, Rome. Fr. Geevarghese belongs to the Department of New Testament at the Nagpur Seminary.

Topic of his dissertation was basing the first letter of St. Paul to Corinthians 6: 12-20. Prof. Dr. Paulo Garutti accompanied and guided Dr. Geevarhese in his doctoral studies.

Fr. Dr. K. Geevarhese is member of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Muttam.

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St. George Orthodox Church of West Chester Celebrates Silver Jubilee

NEW YORK: St. George Orthodox Church of West Chester, New York, is celebrating the silver jubilee of her existence. It was in 1985 that this parish was founded at Port Chester. Jubilee celebrations will begin with the feast of St. George, the Patron Saint of the parish.
On Saturday, May 8th, 2010, at 5.00 pm the Diocesan Metropolitan Mathews Mar Barnabas and Auxiliary Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholavos will be ceremoniously received. Flag hoisting, evening prayers and procession etc. are to follow.

On Sunday, May 9th, 2010, morning prayers will begin at 8.00 am, which will be followed by Holy Qurbana celebrated by the Metropolitans. There will be a public meeting and various other celebrations thereafter.

Jubilee celebrations will conclude with the feast of St. Gregorios of Parumala in November, 2010.

The St. George Orthodox Church of West Chester came into existence as a congregation in 1985 May under the leadership of Fr. Dr. K.C. Mathews with permission from the then Diocesan Metropolitan Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios. On September 15, 1985 this congregation was recognized as a parish Church and Fr. Dr. George Koshy was appointed as the vicar.

“Various committees have started functioning to make the jubilee celebrations that span almost seven months a success. The parish managing committee and board of trustees are spearheading different committees”, said the vicar Fr. Dr. George Koshy and Chairman, Public Relations Committee Thomas Koshy in a press statement.

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Feast of St. George at Puthuppalli, The Oriental Georgian Pilgrim Center


PUTHUPPALLI: Flag for the annual feast of St. George was hoisted today at St. George Orthodox Church, Puthuppalli, the Oriental Georgian Pilgrim Center. Not only Christians, but people from all religions put their faith and refuge in the intercession of St. George at Puthuppalli Church, which elders of the region have always boldly vouchsafed.

The local tradition to hoist flag at Puthuppalli is unique. Mainly families from two adjacent villages, namely, Puthuppalli and Ericadu, constitute members of St. George Orthodox Church, Puthuppalli. Therefore, these two villagers donate two flagpoles and bring them ceremoniously as processions to the Church every year. Thus, there will always be two flagpoles for the annual feast of St. George at Puthuppalli Church.

The tradition is that before 10 days of the final feast day, precisely on Medam 15th, according to the Malayalam Calendar, the flags are to be hoisted. For the next ten days there will be special fireworks and percussional demonstrations at the foot of the flagpoles. All activities connected to the flagpole will be with permission and prayers of the clergy. The Cross at the pinnacle of the flagpole will be blessed by priests and first flag will also be tied by priests.

On Wednesday, April 28, 2010, in the afternoon, Secretary to the Holy Episcopal Synod, Dr. Mathews Mar Severios hoisted flags. On the eve of the feast day, namely, Medam 23rd, Malayalam Calendar, (May 6th), pilgrims start to flow to the Church. By midday the Church will literally be an ocean of pilgrims.

To coordinate various programs in connection with the annual feast of St. George at Puthuppalli, there will be a special meeting of various department heads under the presidentship of Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO), Kottayam. Kottayam District Collector declared Puthuppalli as ‘festival area’.

There are always special bus services for the better commute of pilgrims, including those of Kerala State Road Transport Corporation, from all adjacent towns, namely, Kottayam, and Changanassery. Pilgrims are expected from neighboring states of Kerala, Tamilnadu and Karnataka as well. Those from far away places will get basic lodging at Church premises, according to the office bearers of Puthuppalli Church.

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Haiti Relief : SW American Diocese Releases Check for $70,000

Ambassador of Haiti to the United States Mr. Raymond Alcide Joseph accepting the check for $70,000 from Alexios Mar Eusebius, Metropolitan of the Diocese of South-West America. Congresswomen Sheila Jackson-Lee and Congressman Al Green were also seen.

HOUSTON: In a well conducted meeting at the diocesan center on Monday, April 26th, Ambassador of Haiti to the United States Mr. Raymond Alcide Joseph accepted the check for $70,000 from Alexios Mar Eusebius, Metropolitan of the Diocese of South-West America. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee and Congressman Al Green were also present on the occasion.

“Haiti, the world’s oldest black republic, is accepting this relief fund from the Ancient Church of the world. This is a historic event and Your Grace, this is not a small amount for Haiti and I promise every penny of this will be utilized for the good of the people of Haiti”, said Raymond Alcide Joseph the Ambassador of Haiti.

Metropolitan Mar Eusebius explained how quickly the parishes in the diocese responded to this needy course. He affirmed that only because of their timely efforts this donation was made possible. “This is small amount when we think about the massive earth quake happened in Haiti, but this shows the solidarity of our believers to the country of Haiti”, he also added. The Metropolitan expressed his gratitude to the Ambassador , congressman and congresswomen for visiting the diocesan center and said that the believers of the Malankara Orthodox Church are humbled and honored by their visit.

Congressman Al Green expressed his happiness and congratulated the Metropolitan for the great achievement of the diocese in short period. He promised that he will be back with a proper congressional acknowledgment to the diocese of South-West America for their service beyond the borders.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee expressed her happiness in witnessing the historic event and congratulated the Metropolitan for his great leadership in the Indian Community and specially for initiating this great International humanitarian effort.

City of Stafford deputy Mayor Ken Mathew, Robin Elackatt, Council Men from Missouri city, Malankara Managing committee member Dr. Zachariah Thomas, Ad-hoc Committee Secretary Fr. P.M Cherian, several other clergies, well wishers and a number of faithful of the Malankara Orthodox Church from the Houston and neighboring cities witnessed the event.

The geographical limits of the Diocese of South-West America includes 18 states and Canada which are Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Washington, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Arizona, California, Nevada and Canada. Currently there are 48 Parish churches in the diocese and all churches have actively participated in this altruistic act.

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