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Catholicos forms follow up panel from Muscat Maha Edavaka for Parumala Cancer Care Centre

MUSCAT: The Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan, HH Baselious Mar Thoma Paulose II, has constituted a 12-member follow-up committee for collection of necessary funds for the timely completion of the St Gregorios International Cancer Care Centre (Research & Development) coming up at Parumala in Kerala.

In a Kalpana issued dated August 28, 2012 (No MOSC/CMM/364/2012), the Catholicos has formed the committee exclusively with members from the Muscat Mar Gregorios Maha Edavaka.

The committee has been formed to source funds required to implement the mega project at the cancer care hospital. The cancer centre is owned and managed by the Holy Epsicopal Synod of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.

The Kalpana notes Fr Shaji Mukadiyil Baby, Finance Director, SGICCC, has already visited churches in the Sultanate of Oman and UAE to collect funds for the prestigious project.

Fr Joji George Koickalethu, Vicar, Muscat Maha Edvaka will head the 12-member committee as its President. The other members of the committee include: Jacobs Kuriakose, Convenor,, Babu Varghese, Co-ordinator, E I Rajan, Trustee, Dr Prakash C Ninan, Co Trustee, John Thomas (Santhosh), Secretary, P K Koshy, Sabha Managing Committe Member, Geevarghese Yohannan, Thomas Vaidyan, John Thomas Vadakkedom, Boban Mathew Thomas and Biju Parumala

The committee will have a tenure of two years till August 30, 2014, states the Kalpana.

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Calcutta Diocesan Martha Mariam Samajam Annual Conference concluded


BHOPAL: Diocesan Martha Mariam Samajam 13th Annual Conference was held at Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church, Kolar Road from Nov. 16 to 18, 2012

The three day Conference was inaugurated by President Metropolitan, Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius, along with Mamta Pawar.

The theme for the conference was “The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands”. Prov. 14:1.

Rev. C. John of St. Peter’s Marthoma Church, Bhopal, MMS Vice-President, Fr. Geevarghese Varghese , Fr. T.S. Mathai and Diocesan. Secretary Fr. M.J. Mathew spoke on the occasion.

Fr. P. A. Philip, Ministry of Human Empowerment was the key note speaker of the conference.

Elocution, Quiz, and Group Song competitions were the highlights of the conference. Delegates from various units presented skits, Christian thiruvathira and dance.

On Saturday, Nov. 17 Holy Qurbana was celebrated by the Metropolitan which was followed by classes on ‘Women’s Role in Mission Activity’ by Fr. P.A. Philip and ‘Identifying our Behavioral Problems’ by Fr. Geevarghese Varghese.

The conference was concluded on Nov. 18 with Holy Qurbana. Sisters from St. Thomas Asharam, Bhilai also participated in the conference. Around 200 delegates from 18 different units attended the conference.

Fr. Giju George,Fr. Sunny Joseph, Fr. Aju K. Varghese, and Fr. Mathew Skaria, were the leaders of the conference.

News reported by: Jerry John Koshy

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Varghese George receives St. Dionysius Karshika Award


DUBAI: Tharayil Cheeramvelil Varghese George from Mulanthuruthy has been chosen as the first recipient of St. Dionyisius Karshika Award instituted by Dubai OCYM unit- informed Secretary John Kutty Idicula,

Varghese George will receive the award from Catholicose Moran Mor Baselius Marthoma Paulose II at an event to be held on November 29, 2012 at the Ulloor Church Centre in Thiruvananthapuram.

In an era of rising prices when Kerala is increasingly depending on other states for most of the agricultural products, Dubai OCYM unit has instituted this award in memory of Saint Vattasseril Mar Dionysius to promote farming.

Varghese George retired as a quality inspection engineer from FACT in 2001. After retirement he chose farming for the past 11 years using traditional methods in a scientific way.

In the 5 acre area around his house, he has built a thriving farm with farm animals, medicinal plants, vegetables and fruits. In 2006 he won the award for the best farmer in the “traditional coconut farming” category at the national level. In 2007, he won the Sheera Mitra award from Milma and in 2008 he was the runnerup for the Karshakasree award given by Malayala Manorama.

News reported by: Manoj Thomas

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Rs. 100-crore worth of charitable projects as part of Catholicate Centenary Celebrations has announced

KOCHI: Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church has announced Rs. 100-crore worth of charitable projects as part of Catholicate Centenary Celebrations

HH the Catholicos, Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, supreme head of the Malankara Orthodox Church made the announcement at the closing ceremony of the centenary celebrations at Kochi on Sunday November 25, 2012.

The Charitable projects would include building houses for the homeless members of the church, meeting the wedding expenses of widows’ daughters, providing education assistance and health insurance for the poor and relief to farmers in debt. Aid would be given for the treatment of cancer and heart diseases and also for dialysis, the Catholicos added.

The Catholicos also called for peace and unity in the church. “We hold the same beliefs, and we should be in the same camp,” he said. He said that the Malankara Church was founded by St. Thomas the Apostle in AD 52 and hence the church was now celebrating the 1960 anniversary together with the centenary of the Catholicate.

Addressing the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church centenary celebration Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama said India is an example for the world because many religious sects co-exist in the country even today. “Spiritually, the country occupies a very important place and its tradition is relevant today. Harmony can be more effective if love and compassion are practiced in daily life. Now everyone talks about money, which is important, but one must not forget peace of mind and spirituality,” he said

Addressing the gathering, the chief guest, former president of India A P J Abdul Kalam said people should embrace a combination that will unite economic prosperity and the spiritual way of life. He also emphasized the importance of imparting moral values during the early years of education.

Releasing a Centenary souvenir on the occasion, chief minister of Kerala Oommen Chandy said the social responsibility of religious organizations gives stability to society and Malankara Orthodox Church is an example. The first copy of the souvenir was handed over to the lay Trustee M. G. George Muthoot.

Union minister K V Thomas, Hibi Eden, Vellapally Natesan, Archbishop Mar Joseph Powathil, Dr Mar Aprem Metropolitan, Chaldean Syrian Church, Bishop Thomas K Ommen, Church of South India, Kochi mayor Tony Chammany , Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Dy. Leader of opposition, Legislative Assembly, Rev. Dr. Henriette Hutabarat Lebang- General Secretary, Christian Conference of Asia, Re.Dr. Dong Sung Kim- Asia Secretary for WCC and Rev. Roger Gaikwad, General Secretary, NCC spoke on the occasion.

Metropolitan Thomas Mar Athanasius welcomed the gathering. Priest Trustee Fr. Dr. Johns Abraham proposed vote of thanks. Sabha secretary Dr. George Joseph was the General convener of the Catholicate centenary celebrations.Hundreds of thousands of Orthodox church faithful from all over the Church showed up.

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Catholicate Centenary: Baselios Marthoma Nagar- Kochi

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Bombay Diocese Trip to Kochi

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Catholicate Centenary- Kuwait-2012

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Spark of Excellence Award-2012- New Delhi

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Catholicate Centenary Rally- Ankamaly Reception

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