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Catholicos of the East to Inaugurate Diocese of Nilackal On April 2

RANNI: Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan Moran Mar Baselios Paulose II will inaugurate the newly constituted Diocese of Nilackal on April 2nd at Ranni.

Blessing of the St. Thomas Bishop’s House, the Diocesan Centre at Ranni, official reception to the newly installed Catholicos Moran Mar Baselios Paulose II, and Sunthronitho of the Diocesan Metropolitan Joshua Mar Nichodemus are also to take place on the same day.

After the St. Thomas Bishop’s House will be blessed all the faithful and other distinguished guests will accompany the Pontiff to the St. Thomas Cathedral, Thottamon. Enthronement of the Metropolitan is to take place at the St. Thomas Cathedral.

Various committees are formed for the smooth conduct of all festivities, where Metropolitan Joshua Mar Nichodemus is the chairman and Fr. Shyju Kurian, Diocesan Secretary, is the General Secretary.

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Ahmedabad Diocese to go online from March 5

Ahmedabad Diocese to go online from March 5
Catholicos of the East to launch

AHMEDABAD — The ‘Sunthronitho’ or Enthronement ceremony of Metropolitan Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios of Indian Orthodox Church’s newest Ahmedabad Diocese is to take place on March 5, 2011.

The event will also simultaneously see the launch of the diocese website –

Moscad stands for Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Ahmedabad Diocese.

In all likelihood, will join the information highway from the gracious hands of the Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan HH Baselios Marthoma Paulose II.

Presently, only the main page containing details about Ahmedabad Diocese exists. The home page traces the brief history of the diocese formation and its formal inauguration on October 3, 2009. Mention is also of the first General Body meeting held on June 19, 2009 held under the Presidentship of Geevarghese Mar Coorilose at St Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church, Ahmedabad. Also details on its first bishop Dr Pulikkottil Geevarghese Mar Yulios Metropolitan who took charge on August 15, 2010.

Information and other links on Home, Metropolitan, Church, Faith, News, Multimedia, Kalpana, contact sections will be added upon during the next phase of its construction. is being structured on the model of Chengannur Diocese.

Work on the skeletal of the main page was done by Bonnie, a final year Computer Science student and web developer of Urbane Projects Inc, Philadelphia. Hence the server will be based in the USA. More colourful pages with multi-media will be rolled out by this final year student and web developer.

Tech savvy, Dr Mar Yulios, has evinced keen interest in putting his diocese on the world wide web during the ‘Sunthronitho’ ceremony.

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Moran Mar Paulose II Is the Synonym for Innocence and Love: Mar Chrysostom

PUTHENKAVU, CHENGANNOOR: Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan is the synonym for innocence, righteousness and love, acclaimed Philipose Mar Chrysostom Senior Metropolitan.

Mar Chrysostom was delivering the sermon of blessings at the meeting to honor the newly installed Catholicos of the East at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Puthenkavu, Chengannoor. The meeting was in association with the annual feast of Mar Anthraos of Kallada at the Cathedral.

It is very much a necessary faculty to recognize the will of God and that faculty shall reflect all through the life, responded the Pontiff in his return speech.

Metropolitan of Chengannoor Diocese Thomas Mar Athanasios presided over the meeting. Fr. Mathai Kunnil, Fr. Mathew Varghese, Stephan Ipe, Dr. Jibi George and T.C. Chacko spoke on the occasion.

Earlier the faithful welcomed the Holy Father at the entrance of the Cathedral with ornamental umbrellas, lighted candles, tender leaves of coconut trees and the Church flag, which exhibited the devotion of the faithful to their supreme spiritual shepherd. Percussional accompaniment and music bands added colors to the evening at the reception.

The Catholicos of the East led evening prayers that took place thereafter.

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Church Shall Get Involved in the Society : Mar Bosco Puthur

KOTTAYAM: In the troubled atmosphere of political and social situations of Kerala Church has the mission to get involved in the society with creative interventions, said Mar Bosco Puthur, Curia Bishop of Syro-Malabar Rite of the Catholic Church. He was delivering the keynote address at the convocation ceremony of Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam.

“Churches behave themselves as if they are affected with Parkinson’s decease. We shall not deliberately forget that we have a tradition of cooperation and unity”, he Bishop Mar Bosco Puthur.

Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II presided over the meeting. “Priests shall set out into the society with a right insight of spiritual wisdom, theological understanding and scientific knowledge. They shall act as the heart of the Church and the faith”, said the Pontiff in his presidential address.

Fr. Dr. K.M. George, the Principal presented the annual report. Metropolitans Geevarghese Mar Ivanios, Dr. Mathews Mar Severios, Zachariah Mar Nicholavos, Yuhanon Mar Polycarpos, Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius, Dr. Zachariah Mar Aprem and Fr. Dr. Johns Abraham Konattu, Priest Trustee, attended the meeting. Seminary Vice-Principal Fr. Dr. Jacob Kurian and Fr. Dr. O. Thomas spoke on the occasion.

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Mar Nicholavos Appointed As Metropolitan of NE American Diocese

KOTTAYAM: Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II issued necessary orders to appoint Zachariah Mar Nicholavos as Metropolitan of the North East American Diocese. Metropolitan Mar Nicholavos had been serving the North East American Diocese as Assistant to Metropolitan Mathews Mar Barnabas since 2002.

The new Metropolitan had been attending winter sessions of Holy Episcopal Synod at Sophia Center, Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam. He will return to the United states on March 11, 2011.

Decisions on the official welcome to the new Metropolitan will be taken in the Diocesan Council meeting and will be informed later, said Fr. John Thomas, the Diocesan Secretary.


Pethertha and Great Lent

By Fr. Shebaly at St Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, Philadelphia 2010

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Ground Breaking for the New Church Building Took Place at Tampa

TAMPA, FLORIDA: Ground breaking ceremony for the new building of St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, Tampa, Florida, took place on Sunday, February 27, 2010.

All parishioners moved with their vicar Fr. George Paulose to the five acre property near Interstate 75 for the ceremony. All of them were thrilled and their enthusiasm was visible in their bringing of their own shovels, including little children!

Construction of the new Church is to start at the end of March this year. After construction, the building will be a 5000 square feet facility, finished in Cathedral style with two domes, one above the main hall and one above the altar. The hall planned will be of 1500 square feet, big enough for all parishioners to socialize after services as well as to serve as a place for spiritual organizations to hold their meetings.

“Within this facility we plan a basket ball court and a volley ball court. The new Church will, therefore, be a place not only for spiritual growth, but for the mental and physical well being as well of each faithful. Moreover, this will be a place for the retired senior members to meet during the day and for the youth and adults to meet during the evenings or weekends”, affirmed Fr. George Paulose in his speech.

“We wanted to have this event to particularly take place after Holy Qurbana on this day for two reasons. For one, today is the all souls day and for the other, it is the commemoration of Saint Dionysius of Vattasseril and Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios, the first Metropolitan of American Diocese”, said Fr. Paulose to IOH.

Total estimated cost for construction is $ 700000.00.

St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, Tampa was started in 1989. At present there are 50 subscribing families. Manoj Max Palakkat is the current treasurer and Binu Cherian serves as secretary. John Jacob is heading the building committee.


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Joji Varghese Seeks Your Helping Hand

Joji Varghese (26) seeks your helping hand to find funds for treatment against cancer. Joji is admitted at the Regional Cancer Center, Thiruvananthapuram.

Joji is an active member of Orthodox Christian Youth Movement and belongs to Mar Immanuel Orthodox Church, Nariyapuram of Thumpamon Diocese.

Joy, father of Joji, used work hard to meet both ends of his household through rubber tapping. Joji’s illness struck this poor family thereupon and that has put the family in double burden. The family had to sell a piece of land recently to find money to fund a job for Joji’s brother in the UAE.

A medical examination to find out reasons for his chest pain confirmed that Joji is under the attack of dreadful disease of cancer. Joji is staying at present at Karunya Guidance Center, Thiruvananthapuram and is undergoing chemo therapy.

OCYM, Thumpamon Diocese has set up a bank account at State Bank of India, Pathanamthitta Branch (a/c 31631686014) with hopes that any donation towards Joji’s treatment will contribute to their attempts to bring a young man back to normal life. They look forward to your goodwill.

For more details please contact Prof. Binoy, mobile: +91-944-708-7024