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Metropolitan Mar Pachomios Fulfills His Earthly Mission…


COCHIN: Metropolitan Mar Pachomios was born on January 26, 1946 as son of KK John, Kolathukalathil, Kurichy, Kottayam and was member of St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Orthodox Church. Being a great academician he had earned degrees of BSc and MA from Kerala University and BD from the Senate of Serampore. He was very much influenced by Abo Yuhanon of Bethany Ashram, Perinaadu, Ranny (Later Metropolitan Yuhanon Mar Athanasius of Kottayam) and that influence attracted him as well to the Bethany community. Fr. Paulose was ordained on January 8, 1974 as a monk priest and he grew in stature as one of the most influential and leading Orthodox spiritual gurus of his time. He also had been the Superior of Bethany Ashram during his tenure as priest. During his studies in England, he also had served the Indian Orthodox Christian Community there as their spiritual shepherd.

Malankara Syrian Christian Association met on September 10, 1992 at Parumala Seminay elected Fr. Paulose OIC to the bishopricate and he was professed Remban on December 19, 1992. Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Mathews II consecrated Remban Fr. Paulose OIC as Episcopos on August 16, 2003 and was endowed with the name Metropolitan Paulose Mar Pachomios.

Mar Pachomios served the Church on various capacities as Metropolitan. He had been Assistant Metropolitan at Idukki and Angamali Dioceses. He had also served as President of Balika Samajam as well as St. Mary’s Women’s League and his services as the Corporate Manager of Catholicate and MD Schools was well applauded. He was serving as President of Malankara Prayer Meetings, Vice President of MGOCSM, and Member of the Governing Board of Orthodox Theological Seminary.

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High Priest of God… Go Forth In Peace… Metropolitan Paulose Mar Pachomios Passes Away


COCHIN: The first Metropolitan of Mavelikkara Diocese Paulose Mar Pachomios fulfilled his earthly ministry and passed on to the world of saints at 9 am IST (11.30 pm EST) on August 1, 2012. The Metropolitan was under treatment at Lake Shore Hospital, Cochin for the past five days and was suffering from acute liver ailments for the last two years.

Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Anthonios of Kollam Diocese, who was also under treatment at Lake Shore Hospital, visited Mar Pachomios at 6.00 am and accompanied the Metropolitan with prayers and his presence once the news came in that the Metropolitan’s condition was worsening. Inmates of Theobhavan, Mavelikkara Diocesan Center, were also with the Metropolitan during his last moments.

IOH has learned that the mortal remaining of Mar Pachomios will be moved to St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Orthodox Church, Kurichy, Kottayam and then to Mavelikkara. Entombment is planned to take place at Bethany Ashram, Perunaadu, where the Metropolitan was a member from his adolescence on.

Mar Pachomios came to Lake Shore Hospital on Thursday, July 26 for routine checkup and his doctors immediately detected serious deficiency in oxygen saturation. This led to his admission and eventually the Metropolitan was moved into the intensive care unit for better attention and care against the worsening condition of his health.

Upon receiving the news about the Metropolitan being admitted to the ICU, Catholicos of the East Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II donned the Holy Unction for the sick to the Metropolitan on Saturday, July 28. Metropolitan Dr. Yuhanon Mar Chrysostomos and Metropolitan Dr. Zachariah Mar Aprem assisted the Catholicos during the Holy Unction.

Catholicos Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II along with Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister of Kerala, visited the Metropolitan again on July 31, 2012. As the Metropolitan had been struggling with breathing trouble and was wearing oxygen mask to support breathing, he could only responded to them through writing. Although his condition had been better on July 31, 2012 in the morning, which gave better hopes to many, the ultimate decision from the Lord was different.

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A Prayer for the Victims of Aurora, Colorado


Heavenly Father our Benevolent Lord,
Creator and Sustainer of us all, hear us, Your children, at this time of unbearable pain. We come to You because You are our Savior and Benefactor Who grants peace and solace to those who suffer. It is only You that can heal our wounds and ease our pain.

We here by pray that you protect and comfort the citizens of Aurora, Colorado at this time of terrible tragedy of trial and crisis. Shield them and us under the shadow of Your Cross. Grant to us, especially those friends and families in Aurora, Your peace, Your love and assistance. Bestow solace and strength to the families of the innocent victims of the barbaric acts of violence in Aurora.

Christ our eternal King and God, You have destroyed death and the devil by Your Cross and have restored man to life by Your Resurrection; give rest, Lord, to the soul of Your children who have fallen asleep in this tragedy, in Your Kingdom. Touch and heal those injured and fighting for their lives in this tragedy. Work through the doctors, nurses, and emergency crews helping those injured and their families.

Help us and people throughout the world to comprehend that we are all your children. We are all brothers and sisters created in your image and likeness. Guide us to live in harmony with one another, respectful of each other’s human rights and human dignity.

We ask this of you; for You are a benevolent and loving God and to You do we ascribe glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Amen

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MGOCSM Gujarat regional meet concluded

+ Maiden MGOCSM Gujarat Regional Conference a roaring success
+ Meet to act as catalyst for future events of Ahmedabad Diocese
+ Over 110 delegates attended the conference
+ Delegates from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh attend
+ Senior IIM (A) visiting faculty shares experience with the youths

RAJKOT, Gujarat : The first regional conference of the Gujarat Region MGOCSM was held on July 14, 15 2012 at St Thomas School, Rajkot.

The theme for the conference was based on “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. (St Matthew 11:28).

The conference was conducted under the dynamic leadership of Fr George Varghese (Vice President MGOCSM – Ahmedabad Diocese) and Williams Koshy (Regional Coordinator – Gujarat Region).

About 110 delegates attended the conference. Delegates who attended include from Gujarat and representatives from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh MGOCSM.

Prof Jacob Mathew, visiting faculty IIM Ahmedabad and John Jeshudasan, a senior MGOCSM member from Mumbai Diocese, were the chief speakers for the conference.

Earlier, the conference began with the inaugural ceremony which was attended by Fr Jacob Mathew (Diocesan Secretary), Fr Thomas Jose Vicar-Rajkot Parish), Fr George Varghese, Fr Anil (Marthoma Church), Prof Jacob Mathew and John Jeshudasan.

On the inaugural day, Prof Jacob Mathew spoke on enhancing one’s creativity and urged the students not to memorize from textbooks only but rather use both sides of the brain and think logically as well as creatively. He gave exercises that not only tested the creative thinking of students but improved their creativity as well.

John Jeshudasan speech highlighted on the conference theme and also conducted group discussions. These were related to the causes of stress to the youth and how can this be overcome. He also conducted Bible quiz based on the Gospel of St Mathew. Rev Fr Jacob Mathew took meditative class on the theme after the evening prayers.

The MGOCSM Ahmedabad Unit choir also organised a melodious session.

The concluding day of the conference (July 15) began with the Holy Eucharist which was led by Fr George Varghese.

Prof Jacob Mathew led the session after the Holy Eucharist. He spoke on empowering one’s employability. Fr Jacob made students realise that it was the non-verbal communication which was a “decisive factor” with regard to employability. The students thoroughly enjoyed and gained insights from both the sessions of Prof Jacob Mathew and John Jeshudasan.

Fr Thomas Jose and the Rajkot parishioners took extreme care to see the delegates and the guests were comfortable during their stay at the two-day conference.

The hard work of the MGOCSM Rajkot unit bore fruitful results. The conference will definitely act as a catalyst to brighten the functioning of MGOCSM of the nascent Ahmedabad Diocese under the leadership of Metropolitan Dr Pulikkottil Geevarghese Mar Yulios.

With inputs from Rincy Raju, MGOCSM, Ahmedabad

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Ahmedabad Diocese Council on July 20


AHMEDABAD : The Ahmedabad Diocesan Council and the Ahmedabad Diocesan Assembly will hold its customary meetings on July 20, Friday and August 2, Thursday, under the Presidentship of Pulikkottil HG Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan of Ahmedabad Diocese.

The Diocesan Council members will initially meet on July 20 at the Diocesan HQ St Thomas Bishop’s House, St Mary’s School Campus, Naroda, Ahmedabad and thereafter the Assembly will hold its meeting.

The Council meeting will also prepare the initial groundwork for the general assembly meeting which meets after over a week on August 2. Major proposals which need to be taken up at the Assembly meeting will initially be discussed in detail at the Council meeting.

The elected members under the presidentship of Dr Mar Yulios is slated to discuss various matters of the Diocese like the educational and institutional developmental works and other important issues on the agenda. The members have also planned to visit spots in Ahmedabad and outskirts towards finding the right location for the proposed Diocesan headquarters.

Prior to this on July 18, the vicars of Ahmedabad Diocese will also be holding its joint meeting.

From Muscat Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka, senior member, Mathew Ninan, will attend the Diocesan Council and Assembly meetings in his capacity as an appointed member of the advisory committee for educational institutions.

Ahmedabad Diocesan Council (2012-2017) includes Fr Jacob Mathew as Diocesan Secretary. The other members are Fr Mathai P O (Baroda), Fr Philip Varghese (Jamnagar), Georgekutty M (Indore), Johney C George (Baroda), Mammen George (Muscat), and Thomas Varghese (Bhilwara).

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Closing ceremony of Arabic Learning Course – Abu Dhabi OCYM


ABU DHABI: The first Session of 12 week long Arabic Classes organized by OCYM Abu Dhabi concluded with grand closing ceremony.

Fr Cherian Jacob, Asst. Vicar of the Cathedral, expressed gratitude to Abdul Wahab , for his selfless contribution to the youngsters of the Cathedral, by teaching them the Arabic language to make them competent in the country. He also encouraged the students to learning further beyond the basics that, they have learned in the 12 week long course.

Trustee and Secretary of the cathedral stated that Wahab’s efforts for youngsters were not just limited in the process of communication but helping them in getting acquainted with world’s fastest spreading culture in the simplest way possible.

Students expressed their gratitude and respects in Arabic language as a token of guru dakshina to their dearest Arabic Guru.

Teacher was well pleased with the performance and progress of the students towards the end of the course and advised them to practice further, as learning never ends for a student.

Over 35 students attended the complete 12 week session and received Course completion certificate at the closing ceremony.

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Bengaluru Diocese MGOCSM 2nd edition talent hunt on July 22


BENGALURU: The stage is set for Jeunesse. The second edition of talent hunt for the youths of Bengaluru Diocese titled “Jeunesse” (French word meaning ‘Youth’) is all set to be held on July 22, Sunday, at the St Gregorios Cathedral, Hosur Road.

Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim, Bengaluru Diocese Metropolitan, will inaugurate the talent hunt at the Cathedral.

A special feature of this year will be the participation of members of St Gregorios Church, Mysore in addition to churches from Bengaluru.

Youngsters belonging to the MGOCSM and OCYM having exceptional talents will showcase their abilities on a common platform. The talents scan is especially for those with abilities to dance, paint, quiz, those good at team work and there will be lots of fun-filled activities.

Dr Mar Seraphim will lead the Holy Eucharist which has to be attended by all the participants. The event will commence at 11 am. The competition events are almost same as last year except few changes.

This year’s event includes solo singing (male/female), JAM, cookery, skit, Infamous Twins, Poetry Writing, Dumb charades and 20 Questions.
The annual Quiz Competition for Mrs Kunjamma Daniel Ever Rolling Trophy will also be up for grabs.

The valedictory ceremony will see Rev Dr Cherian Thomas, ECC (Ecumenical Christian Centre), Director, as the guest of honour which will be presided over by Dr Mar Seraphim.

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What: Talent hunt for MGOCSM, Bengaluru Diocese
Where: St Gregorios Cathedral, Hosur Road
When: July 22, Sunday, 11 am
Event Co-ordinators: Jacob Abraham & Reuben Jacob (Cathedral Youth).
Registration mail id: jeunesse.reg@gmail.com
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Al Buraimi Orthodox Congregation completes a decade


AL BURAIMI, Sultanate of Oman: Dr Pulikkottil Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan of Ahmedabad Diocese, has blessed Fr C S Mathew, and Souvenir Committee members and those of the St Mary’s Orthodox Congregation, Al Buraimi in the Sultanate on completing a decade in its witness as an integral part of the Malankara Orthodox Church.

Fr C S Mathew presently serves as Vicar of the St George Orthodox Church, Sohar.

In a Kalpana dated July 16, 2012 and issued from Devalokam Aramana, Dr Mar Yulios recalls that the congregation was started as a prayer group of Al Ain (UAE) parish and on March 19, 2010 was elevated to a congregation of Orthodox Church, under the patronage of St George Orthodox Parish, Sohar, by Geevarghese Mar Coorilose.

Dr Mar Yulios also extends his congratulations and gratitude to Mar Coorilose, other bishops of Orthodox Church who have visited and encouraged the Congregation. Praise is also extended for all the priests who have selflessly served the parish and the members of the parish for their earnest efforts and prayers who are the reason behind the growth of the congregation.

The Metropolitan who celebrated the Holy Eucharist during his first visit to the Sultanate of Oman in 2010, has also extended his best wishes to the congregation and also prays that the congregation flourish further to be elevated as a full-fledged parish of the Church.

“May God bless each and every one of this congregation in all their righteous endures and give them thirty, sixty and hundred fold in abundance for their efforts,” Dr Mar Yulios notes.

St Mary’s Orthodox Congregation in Al Buraimi in the Sultanate of Oman falls under the Ahmedabad Diocese of which Dr Pulikkottil Geevarghese Mar Yulios is the Metropolitan Head.

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Fr Cyril Varghese; Student Chaplain for Bengaluru City


BENGALURU: Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim, Metropolitan, Bengaluru Diocese of the Indian Orthodox (Malankara) Church, has appointed a full time Student Chaplain priest, Fr Cyril Varghese for Bengaluru city. The appointment vide Kalpana No. 64/2012 dated June 17, 2012, is in tune with Dr Mar Seraphim’s recent report submitted to the Holy Episcopal Synod which suggested a roadmap to vision for the youth ministry.

As a new appointee, Fr Cyril will be responsible for organizing visits to professional colleges in and around Bengaluru city. He will also be responsible for organizing Orthodox students.

He will also conduct Holy Qurbana, prayer meetings and other spiritual meetings. This would however, depend on granting of permission from the college authorities. He also will prepare an index of students with details who are studying in Bengaluru city.

Dr Mar Serphim has in a Kalpana urged all parents of students studying in Bengaluru city to contact Fr Cyril and provide him with full particulars.
The Metropolitan has also requested all vicars of the Diocese to contact Fr Cyril, if their parish member is presently studying in Bengaluru.

Those interested can contact Fr Cyril Varghese at:
#1188, 2nd Floor, Nehru Road, Kammanahalli
St Thomas Town PO, Bengaluru — 560 084
Mobile contact: +91-966-301-7919
Email: cyrilvarghese10@yahoo.in