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Bangalore Diocese OCYM, MGOCSM Talents Day, Jeunesse on Aug 3

BANGALORE: Beginning this years activities for the youth with “Melange,” a freshers day event, the OCYM, MGOCSM unit of Bangalore Diocese is all geared to host its major event on August 3.Called ‘Jeunesse 2014’ (French word meaning ‘Youth’), the event will be exclusively for the youth which the St Baselios Orthodox Church OCYM, Marathahalli, will play host.

Bangalore Diocesan Metropolitan Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim will launch the talents day contest and inspire the contestants. Rev Fr Santhosh Samuel, MGOCSM Vice President, will also take part.

Aaron Mathew, says they are expecting at least 300 participants for the fourth edition of “Jeunesse 2014” from 11 churches in the Bangalore Region.

Youngsters belonging to the MGOCSM and OCYM having exceptional talents will showcase their abilities on a common platform. The talents scan will revolve around various contests like skit, poetry writing, solo singing (M/F), quiz, JAM, Treasure Hunt, Junk art, Headlines Today, dumb charades and many others. This will be a full-day programme in which the youth members of all churches from Bangalore diocese will get to showcase their talents.
Dr Mar Seraphim will lead the Holy Eucharist in the new Holy Trinity Chapel, on Sarjapur Road, and thereafter open the event.

When: August 3, 2014 (Sunday)
Where: Holy Trinity Orthodox Chapel, Sneha Daan Campus,
Near St Patrick’s School, Sarjapura Road
Time: 10.30 am to 3.30 pm


Contact persons:: Jacob Abraham (Program Convenor) +91-9739 715120, Nivi Annie Easow +91-8971 2360001, Anil Mathew +91-9845 824029

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Portrait of Mar Alvaris unveiled at Niranam Church

THIRUVALLA: The Niranam St. Mary’s Orthodox Valiyapally, one of the few churches founded by St. Thomas the apostle; commemorated the blessed memory of the Metropolitan Antonio Francisco Xavier Alvares Mar Yoolios of India, Goa and Ceylon on Sunday July 27, 2014.

To mark the 125th year of his consecration of the Metropolitan, Fr. C. V. Oommen, vicar, unveiled a portrait of Alvares Mar Yoolios. Prominent Church historian Dr. M. Kurian Thomas delivered the key-note address.

“We, the Niranam Church, one of the very few churches with St. Thomas origin, privileged to starts the jubilee celebrations of Mar Alvares Yoolios, the most zealot Indian missionary” said Fr. Ommen on the occasion. Cor-Episcopa Thomas Kurian presided over the meeting. Fr. John K. Varghese, lay trustee M. V. Abraham and the church secretary K. B. Mathew gave the felicitations.

“Fr. Antonio Francisco Xavier Alvares, Roman Catholic priest from Goa, a born philanthropist and nationalist, inspired by the true Christian doctrines and motivated by the Indian nationality spirit, embrace the Malankara Church, the only church in India that follows the true apostolic doctrines and with the true nationalist background. He joined the Malankara Orthodox Church in 1889 that he found fit to his dreams and several thousand Roman Catholic Christians throughout British India who really wants to get rid of their European dominion”.

“On 29 July, 1889, Fr. Antonio Francisco Xavier Alvares was consecrated as the Metropolitan Antonio Francisco Xavier Alvares Mar Yoolios. He was enthroned as the Metropolitan of the newly formed Latin archdiocese of India, Goa and Ceylon of the Malankara Church at Old Seminary, Kottayam, India. He was consecrated by H.G. Geevarghese Mar Gregarious of Niranam (later canonized as St. Gregarious of Parumala), H. G. Paulose Mar Ivanios of Kandanad (later H.H. Mar Baselius Paulose I, Catholicos of the East), and H. G. Paulose Mar Athanasius of Kottayam & Angamaly by the order of H. B. Mar Dionysius V, Pulikoottil, the then Malankara Metropolitan”.

“Earlier, he was elevated as a monk (Ramban) according to the West Syriac tradition by H.G. Geevarghese Mar Gregarios of Niranam on 27 July, 1889 at the Old Seminary, Kottayam”.

“The present Niranam church was consecrated by H. B. Mar Dionysius VI, Vattasseril, Malankara Metropolitan (later canonized as St. Dionysius of Malankara) along with H.G. Antonio Francisco Xavier Alvares Mar Yoolios Metropolitan on 2 Kumbham 1912 (15 February, 1912 – feast of Mayalatho – the presentation of Christ)” –said Dr. Kurien Thomas in his historical briefing.

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Reach out to the poor, lawyers urged in Kochi

KOCHI: “Legal professionals should reach out to the common man and help the poor and those in the grassroots level,” said Justice A. Muhamed Mustaque. He was speaking at a function held in Kochi to enroll advocates to the Bar Council. Justice Mustaque said that advocates had a duty to uphold democracy by lending their services to the poor and those in villages.

“Even disputes related to payment of tax are coming to the High Court as writ petitions. We need to think about setting up administrative courts in each district to address these complaints,” Justice Mustaque said.

As many as 281 law graduates enrolled in a function at which they took an oath to “uphold the dignity of the legal profession.”

Among the hundreds of law graduates, who enrolled to become advocates at the High Court auditorium in Kochi on Sunday was a woman who had spent 36 years in the judiciary services.

N. Leelamani, who retired as Judge of the Ernakulam Family Court in May this year, is now ready to embark on a different career in law, this time as an advocate. Another law graduate who enrolled at the ceremony was 25-year-old Indulekha Joseph. She had fought legal battles all the way to the Supreme Court after she was dismissed from St. George College, Aruvithura, in 2007, allegedly in retaliation against a book written by her father criticising the Catholic Church’s management of money.

Having enrolled as an advocate, Indulekha now hopes to take her fight seeking accountability in the Church further.

“I want to handle all kinds of cases. But I will take up issues of people who have suffered like I have,” she said. Among those who enrolled on Sunday were Fr. Thomas Paul Ramban of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Fr. Boby Cheriyil of the Udupi Ajekar Knanaya Catholic Church, and V.K. Prasad, former president of the Federal Bank Officers’ Association.


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Rift in Jacobite Syrian Church over Territorial Jurisdiction of Catholicos

KOCHI: Protest is brewing among Jacobite Syrian Christians against the alleged illegal activities of Catholicos Baselios Thomas I. Jacobite Almaya Forum, an organisation of the Jacobite Laity has come up with a demand that Catholicos should follow the constitution of the Church before taking crucial decisions.

The Almaya forum leaders have also filed a petition before the Munsiff Court, Ernakulam, seeking to declare that the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church and Catholicos Baselios Thomas I have no authority to establish any diocese outside India and depute priests or bishops to those dioceses.

The forum leaders alleged that the Catholicos was not following the orders of the Patriarch of Antioch, the supreme head of the church.

“Catholicos is the head of the church in India, and his powers are limited to the territorial jurisdictions in India. He is appointing/removing bishops as he wishes, and present it as the decision of the synod. We suspect that the Catholicos’ aim to convert the church as an independent church,” they said.

“The Malankara Church in India is also part of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church under the supremacy and control of the Patriarch of Antioch. Therefore, the Catholicos cannot have independent powers to function,” they pointed out. The forum leaders specified that the Catholicos did not issue an order to remember Patriarch during qurbana, as per the traditional practice.

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Plea Filed before Court against Catholicos’ Jurisdiction

KOCHI: A petition has been filed before the Ernakulam Munsiff Court by Jacobite Almaya Forum seeking to declare that the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church and Catholicos Baselios Thomas I have no right or authority to establish any diocese outside India, the territorial jurisdiction of the Church, and to depute priests or bishops for foreign dioceses.

The petition was filed by Mathachan Thukalan of Mulanthuruthy and Paul Varghese, president and secretary of the forum respectively.

It is alleged that Catholicos had gone to the extent of functioning as the Catholicos of the Universe, though his authority is limited to India.“The members of the Church in India and followers are part of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church under the supremacy and control of Patriarch of Antioch. The Catholicos is the regional head in India. He has no authority to function in any foreign country,” the petitioner said.

It is submitted that the exercise of authority by the Catholicos outside the territorial jurisdiction of India adversely affected the cordial relationship among the members of the church in foreign countries.”

The petitioners further pointed out that as per the constitution of the Church, the regional head of Jacobite Syrian Church should be the president of regional synod and his jurisdiction should be throughout India.

“But the Catholicos created many dioceses in foreign countries namely Dubai, Bahrain, Sharjah, Ireland, Europe, the United States and Australia and deputed metropolitan,” the petitioners said.

“All the churches and congregations of Jacobite Christians established outside India automatically come under the Patriarch of Antioch.

Any act on the part of the regional head related to declaring of dioceses in foreign countries and controlling them are nothing but challenging the authority of the Patriarch,” the petition said.

Source: Express News Service

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Work earnestly for the kingdom of God with conviction and dedication: Mar Elias

NAGPUR: St. Thomas Orthodox Seminary, Nagpur reopened on the St. Thomas day July 3, 2014 for its 2014-15 classes with Holy Qurbana celebrated by Metropolitan of Brahmavar, Yakob Mar Elias.

All the seminarians after two months vacation returned to the Seminary campus with much exuberance. Principal, Fr. Dr. Bijesh Philip welcomed the seminarians, especially the newly ordained Deacons of the year. Thereafter conducted the dedication prayer service at the seminary chapel led by the Metropolitan Mar Elias.

–The st. Thomas’ faith statement “My Lord and my God” was a divine revelation to the entire human race– said Mar Elias. As a follower of Christ, each on of us should also be ready to have divine revelations and should work earnestly for the kingdom of God with conviction and dedication, the Metropolitan added.

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DIPLOMA IN ORTHODOX STUDIES; registration is now open

NAGPUR: St. Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary, Nagpur, had launched an Online Study Program (SATYA JYOTHI) for the laity to provide a significant opportunity in learning the Orthodox faith and practices systematically.

SATYA JYOTHI is aimed to bring out wonderful and effective leaders in the development of the Holy Church in different capacities in Outside Kerala Dioceses of Malankara Orthodox Church.

This academic program will be known as DIPLOMA IN ORTHODOX STUDIES. Already more than 200 students have enrolled in this program. The Online Study Program is the very first of this kind in our Church. The entire team of staff and students are helping the online course to run.

The Seminary will maintain this Program open for all. A new website has been developed to operate this Program.

Fr. Basil Thomas is serving as the Executive Secretary for the Online Study Program. You can reach Fr. Basil Thomas at 09850494269.

Metropolitan Dr. Geevarghese Mar Yulios encouraged the faithful to make use of this Study Program in a circular send to all the parishes of the church.


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SOPANA Academy announced July – August sessions

KOTTAYAM: SOPANA ACADEMY had announced its next sessions for Post Graduate Student Fellowship, SOPANA monthly Satsang and Initiation to sacramental living for young people will be held at Mar Baselios Dayara, Njaliyakuzhy, Kottayam in the months of July and August, 2014.

The Post Graduate Student Fellowship will be held on Wednesday, July 30 2014 with two sessions. SOPANA monthly Satsang is planned on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. The third session of a two-day initiation to sacramental living for young people of age group 16-24 will be held from Friday, August 22 to Sunday 24, 2014.

Fr. Dr. K. M. George, Fr. George Joseph, Fr. Shibu Varghese, Dn Iyoob , Fr. Abraham Thomas, Fr. Wilson Mathew, Fr. Baiju Thomas , Fr. Bijesh Philip will lead different sessions at SOPANA.

Interested persons may contact Fr. Varghese K. Joshua (Fr. Santhosh), Program Secretary, Sopana Academy (+919496591151) or Email:


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Dr. Paulose Mar Gregorios Inter School Debate at St. Gregorios School, Dwaraka tomorrow

NEW DELHI: The prestigious Competition, Dr. Paulose Mar Gregorios Inter School Debate will be conducted at St. Gregorios School, Dwaraka on 19th July, 2014.

Students from 25 reputed schools of Delhi will participate the competition to win the prestigious Trophy.

The topic for the competition is announced as _ SHOULD THE CHILDREN OF 10 YEAR OLD TO OPERATE BANK ACCOUNT ON THEIR OWN. Children will debate for and against the topic.

Former Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University Dr. Cyriac Thomas will be the chief guest to inaugurate the function, Metropolitan Dr. Youhanon Mar Demetrios of Delhi Diocese will preside the meeting.

Fr. Sakariah Ramban will be the guest of honor. Fr. Biju P Thomas the Chairman of the Society, Fr. Jackson John and Mr. Boyas will speak on the occasion.

The School is managed by The Gregorian Orthodox Society, Janakpuri of Delhi Diocese.

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Delhi Gospel Convention 2014 to be held in August; Fr. Timothy Thomas as the keynote speaker

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Gospel Convention 2014 will be held at Janakpuri Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church known to be the Parumala of the North on August 2 & 3, 2014

The theme of the convention is Faith in action based on St. James 2:14-17 “What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.”.

Fr. Timothy Thomas from the Diocese of North East America will be the keynote speaker for the convention. The day one talk will be based on 2 Timothy 3:1-5 and day 2 will be based on 1 Corinthians 15:58.

Bible based study class is arranged during daytime on the convention days. For Day 1, the topic will be “THE CHURCH IN THE HOME: DARING TO BE A CHRISTIAN FAMILY” This study class will focus on i) Husband-wife Unity, ii) Order and Discipline in the Family, iii) Attentive and Heartfelt Training of Children, iv) Spirituality in the Family, v) Living by Example, vi) Charity in the Family

For Day 2 the topic will be on “THE AMAZING RACE: PERSEVERING ON THE ROAD TO SALVATION” Day 2 study class will focus on i) Salvation from a Biblical Perspective, ii) Salvation in the Liturgy. iii) Salvation as Personal Experience, iv) Salvation from a Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Perspective, v) Growing in Salvation

Under the patronage of Dr. Yuhanon Mar Demetrios, Metropolitan, Diocese of Delhi, Fr. Biju Thomas, Fr. Thomas Ninan and Fr. Jackson will give leadership to the convention.