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Mar Coorilos urges Orthodox youth to prioritize Godly ways


BANGALORE:The Orthodox Christian Youth Movement (OCYM) and Mar Gregorios Orthodox Christian Student Movement (MGOCSM) organised a one-day annual conference and seminar for the youth of Bangalore Orthodox Church at the St Baselios Orthodox Church, Anand Nagar, Marathahalli on November 27th.

MGOCSM President and Bombay Diocesan Metropolitan Geevarghese Mar Coorilos in his presidential address urged the youth to give significance to God and to give priority to the Lord in each one’s life.

New Bangalore Diocese Metropolitan Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim who presided over the conference said the Orthodox youth must present itself to the present day needs of the church.

The theme of the conference was on St Mathew 17:4…Lord, it is good for us to be born unto..
Mar Coorilos and Dr Mar Seraphim led the sessions along with Jacob Mathew from Malaysia.

Fr Abraham Thomas from the Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam who delivered the key note address stressed on the importance of correlating spiritual life with each individual’s daily life. Fr Saji Daniel, Vice President, Youth Movement, welcomed the gathering.

The Bangalore Youth Choir led the choir session while St George Orthodox Youth, Indiranagar emerged winners in the Annual Quiz Competition.

The Youth Executive Committee took charge with the formal induction of the five Joint Secretaries. Youth Movement General Secretary Ajith Mathew George proposed the vote of thanks.

Youth delegates from Hyderabad, Vishakapatnam, Secunderabad, Mysore, Tumkur and Bangalore participated in the conference.

Vicars from all the parish churches in Bangalore who took part include Fr T K Thomas Corepiscopa (Diocesan Secretary),Fr John Thomas Corepiscopa, Fr Skariah Mathew, Fr K M Jacob, Fr Saji Daniel and Fr Varghese P Idichandy.

Earlier, on November 26, the Bangalore Orthodox Convention, Meltho 2011, was held at the St Baselios Orthodox Church in the presence of Dr Mar Seraphim.

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UPASANA, STOTS financial campaign Inauguration


NAGPUR: Metropolitan of Calcutta diocese Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius handed over a cheque to the Principal of St. Thomas Orthodox Seminary, Fr. Dr. Bijesh Philip for the construction of Upasana Centre on November 5th, 2010.

Dr. Mar Dionysius was inaugurating the financial campaign for Upasana Center, a project under the auspices of Nagpur Seminary.

Upasana includes a conference hall in the name of Metropolitan LL Stephanos Mar Theodosius, accommodation facilities, and a dining hall, etc. The total expense of the project will be around 1.4 crore of Rupees

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Sunday School Talent Show – North East American Diocese


NEW YORK: The Northeast American Diocese Sunday School Talent Show and Competitions were held on November 13th, 2010 at ST. Thomas Orthodox Church ,Unruh ,Philadelphia.

Chor-Episcopos K. Mathai lighted the lamp to declare the competition inaugurated. Sunday School Director Fr. Dr. Raju Varghese presided over the function.

For the Talent competitions St. Mary’s Church, Rockland won the overall ever rolling St. Gregorios Memorial Trophy for highest points (Church Level). Rachel Alexander from St Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church, Washington DC won the individual trophy for most points (Mundukuzhy Achen Memorial Trophy) in the competition. Ryan Geevarghese Memorial Trophy and Susan Thampi memorial Trophy were also awarded. All the Sunday school students, who participated in the talent show and competitions, were congratulated.

Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios memorial cash awards were given to the first and second rank holders of the 2010 centralized Examinations. St. Gregorios Church Queens Elmont, St. Stephens Church, Long Island and St Thomas Church, Unruh, Philadelphia sponsored these awards.

Following Sunday School Students received the Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios Memorial cash awards.

5th Grade: 1st Rank – Rhea Mathews, St. Mary’s Rockland and 2nd Rank – Joel Thomas, St. Mary’s Bronx.

8th Grade: 1st Rank – Tiffany George, St. Mary’s Rockland and 2nd Rank – Michele Pothen, St. Mary’s Rockland

10th Grade: 1st Rank – Timothy Mathew, St. Stephen’s Orthodox Church-Bergenfield, 2nd Rank – Kiran Kallarackal, St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Bronx

12th Grade: 1st Rank – Basil Thommen, St. John’s Delaware PA and 2nd Rank – Ken Mathai, St. Stephen’s, Long Island

TTC – Centralized Examination

1st Rank – Molsey Thomas, St. Gregorios PA
2nd Rank – Susan Mathew, St. Thomas PA
2nd Rank – Mathew Samuel, St. Thomas PA

Sunday School Director Fr. Dr. Raju Varghese led the talent competitions and talent show. Thomas Mathai and Mathai Chacko served as coordinators for the program. Many Priests, deacons, Sunday school officials, church officials and more than 750 faithful attended the event. Mathew Samuel (PA&DC Region Coordinator) welcomed the gathering. Benny Varghese, Sunday School Diocesan Secretary, moved the vote of thanks.

Ajin Thomas, Anu Thomas, Dn. Geevarghese John and Jenny varghese served as MCs. Sunday School Children from New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington, Connecticut, Boston and Canada areas exhibited outstanding programs at the Talent Show.

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Ecumenical Christmas Celebration at US Capital


WASHINGTON DC: Ecumenical Council of Kerala Christians (ECKC) in the US Capital is celebrating 2010 Christmas on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm in the main Sanctuary of the Southern Asian Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2001 East Randolph Road, Silver Spring, Maryland. ECKC at Washington DC is a conglomeration of thirteen Christian Churches hailing from Kerala.

The celebration includes Candle Light Procession, Worship Service, Christmas Message, and variety entertainments.

During the celebration the Council selects one member church to receive a gift amounting to Rupees 50,000.00 to help deserving and needy people. ECKC also provides financial supports to help the needy families or individuals for marriages, higher education, medical treatments, home for homeless, etc.

Admission to the Christmas Celebration is free. Refreshments will accompany the day’s event.

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Reception to Metropolitan Dr.Yuhanon Mar Dimitrius


Dubai: A grand reception will be accorded to Dr.Yuhanon Mar Dimitrius, The Assistant Metropolitan of Delhi Diocese by the members of St.Thomas Orthodox Cathedral, Dubai on 1st Dec’2010 at 7pm.

It is the maiden visit of Mar Dimitrius to UAE after resuming the responsibility of the Diocese.

Mar Dimitrius will be received at the International Airport, Dubai in the afternoon and will be escorted to the church from vicar’s parsonage to the church at 7pm. Thereafter a reception public meeting after the evening prayer and intercessory prayer.

The Metropolitan will be the chief resource person for the UAE Zone Conferences of OCYM and Marth Mariam Samajam on 2nd & 3rd of December 2010.

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Youth League Zonal Conference at Dubai


DUBAI: The UAE zonal conference of Orthodox Christian Youth League is to take place at St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral, Dubai on December 2nd.

Theme of the conference will be ‘Dialectics of Peace and Life of Diaspora’. Discussions, dialogues, classes and deliberations will take place basing the theme of the conference.

Assistant Metropolitan of the Diocese of Delhi Dr. Yuhanon Mar Dimetrios will be Chief Guest for the conference.

As part of the ‘Anti-Addiction Initiative’ of the Malankara Church a seminar on Anti-Addiction as well as a drawing competition will also be conducted.

Around 500 delegates are expected to take part in the conference.

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Greater role for MGOCYM, Muscat in Ahmedabad diocese


MUSCAT : Metropolitan Dr Pulikkottil Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan of Ahmedabad Diocese, was addressing the Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church Youth Movement (MGOCYM) members during his recent visit to Muscat.

Mar Yulios took the third letter of John written by Gaius, ‘the Elder’ to a church leader as the theme talk and spoke about the youth movement in relation to Puritanism urging them to stay away from such practices. The Puritans were a group of people who grew discontent in the Church of England and worked towards religious, moral and societal reforms and were a significant grouping of English Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The Metropolitan called upon more youngsters to take youth movement activity more vigorously and spend time constructively for the Lord. He further envisaged a greater role for MGOC youth members towards shaping up the new Ahmedabad diocese in the days ahead. Mar Yulios interacted with the young members and gave an outlook of the future programmes and promised to network with the MGOC members on all future events.

Dr Mar Yulios is presently in Oman on his first-ever visit since churches in the Sultanate come under the newly-formed Ahmedabad Diocese.

Fr James Geevarghese, Vicar, MGOC Muscat also spoke.

Biju Parumala, Vice President, gave a briefing about the activities of the youth movement and presented a book containing a compilation of songs from MGOCYM. Pradeep Varghese, General Secretary read out the report of the various youth programmes held so far.

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Marthamariam Vanitha Samajam UAE Zonal Conference on December 3


DUBAI: Marthamariam Vanitha Samajam UAE Zonal Conference is to take place at St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral, Dubai on Friday, 3rd December 2010.

Theme of the conference is ” We were to suffer afflictions”, (1 Thess 3: 3). Dr. Yuhanon Mar Dimitrios, Asst. Metropolitan of Delhi Diocese, will lead the conference. The conference will honor those members also, who have completed 25 years of service for MMV Samajam.

The conference includes various competitions with attractive prizes. More than 300 representatives are expected to take part in the event.

Vicar of the Cathedral Fr. Biju P. Thomas, Zonal Vice President Fr. Pathrose Joy, Zonal Secretary Bessy Babu Kurien, and Unit Secretary Jolly George are working hard for the successful conduct of the conference.

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Dr Mar Yulios inaugurates MGOC Talent Scan, urges kids to perform


MUSCAT : Asatoma Sat Gamaya / Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya / Mrityor ma amritam gamaya …As this Sanksrit song rent the air, His Grace Dr Pulikkottil Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Ahmedabad Diocese Metropolitan, lighted the traditional lamp to inaugurate the Talent Scan 2010 for kids of Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church.

In his presidential address, His Grace recalled how his public speaking skills were fine tuned when he was an active participant in competitions organised by Lions Club International and the church’s Youth Movement. “These are small occasions were the young ones get an opportunity to exhibit their talents and they must make the best use of it,” he advised the children gathered on the occasion.

Also present were Rev Fr James Geevarghese, Vicar and President of Mar Gregorios Orthodox Christian Youth Movement (MGOCYM) and P C Cherian, Honorary Trustee, MGOC.

MGOC Muscat started Talent Scan in 2003–2004 and it is now into its 5thyear.

It provides an excellent platform for the parish members and their dependants to exhibit and sharpen their talents in a wide variety of area.

During the next couple of months, there will be events in solo song (Christian devotional), Elocution, Quiz, Bible Reading/Bible Verse Writing, Group Song – Liturgical and Sacramental songs for all the age groups.

There will also be Drawing and Painting, Variety Dress for Tiny Tots, various indoor and outdoor sports events like Football, Cricket, Chess, Carroms, Volleyball, Table Tennis and Badminton to name a few.

The event is coordinated together as a team by youth movement members led by Suni Mathew, Baiju Babu John, Vineeth John Varghese along with the help of MGOCYM managing committee, Church Managing Committee, Sunday School teachers and well wishers.

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President of Indian Union Presents First Prize to Neena Mathew

ABU DHABI: . The Cathedral congratulated Neena on this great achievement on November 26th.

Neena is daughter of Peediyekkal J. Thomas and Biji, of Padathumappila Family. They originally belong to the St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Kangazha, of Kottayam Diocese.