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Canons are not against the transfer of Diocesan Bishops: A Response to Dr. Mar Gregorios’ article in the Malankara Sabha Deepam.

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I was very much impressed with the scholarly introduction of HG Dr. Gregorios’ justification against the idea of Metropolitan’s transfer. From the outset it looked like a researched article. However, further reading in to the article did not hold my interest. The presentation of some high sounding syllables and undocumented “tradition” can impress readers but cannot justify a unsound argument. The arguments he placed did not compellingly support his theory. Let me explain why?

1. In his introduction he cited many ancient works Didache, Didascalia, Apostolic Constitution, Hoodaya Canon and so on. I did not see any relevant documentation or citation to support his premises selected from any of these documents except the (erroneous/typo) citation of the constitution of our church . It is true that Orthodox Churches accept some of the teachings from these ancient documents and made contextual modifications to many .

2. His explanation to the Syriac word Hoodaya was “ marga nirdesam” or guidance. The word Hoodaya also means “explanation or interpretation” according Abrham Malpan Konnattu . When we look into the formation of Hoodaya Canon, the latter explanation is more applicable than the first one. All canons are guiding principles. Gregory Bar Habraeus/Ebraya (Son of the Hebrew) (1226-1286) was a Maphrian of the East by 1264. The major work for which Bar Ebraya is known for his codification of the canons of the church from the Apostolic time onwards. A critical study of his work shows that he collected the canons of the church regarding faith, order and practices and gave explanation (Hoodaya) to each of them; that is Hoodaya Canon.

3. The current Malayalam translation of Hoodaya Canon was prepared/published by Konattu Abrham Malpan, Pampakuda, 1986, (4th Edition) has only ten chapters and does not talk much about the transfer of bishops. There is a section about the selection and consecration of bishops , Chapter 7: Paragraph 3 where he does not support the election of bishops by the people.

4. Bar Habreus depended a lot on the Apostolic canons (85) the canons the Council of Laodicea 362 AD (60) and the canons of the Council of Trullo (692 AD) (102) in addition to the writings of Orthodox Fathers and decisions of the three ecumenical councils. Most of the Orthodox Churches accept the decisions of the Council of Trullio or Quinisext council as authentic and foundational. Eastern Orthodox Churches considers it as the Rudder of the Orthodox Churches and approved by the Council of Jerusalem or Bethlehem of 1672. My point here is this:

that Bar Habraeus codified and took only the essential ones he thought relevant at that time to carry out his administrative duties as the Maphrian of the East. His work or canon is not exhaustive or infallible. Today we cannot consider it as an absolute dogma on practical decisions.

5. Even if one accepts this work as absolute dogma, Bar Habraeus did not prohibit Bishops’ transfer and that did not come into play. Church was still growing and contextual changes were demanded.

6. Malankara Orthdox Church made bishop’s transfer as early as 1991, in the American Diocese. It was based on the demands of or the need of the hour . Mar Makarios did not voluntarily resigned his position. The church followed constitutional protocol as outlined in the 1934 constitution 118-119 and conducted due process.

7. There was a troubling sentence in his article which reads as: (translation) “the clergy- laity leadership move of the church is a dangerous to the h church” and at another place he asserted that that church is synodal without giving an explanation of the word Synodal. If the author meant what was printed then there is a theological and ecclesiological problem: (a) According to the New Testament studies, the Church is defined as the people of God (1.Peter 2: 10; Act. 15:9; 2 Cor. 6:16, Rev. 21:3, Romans 8:21 and Matt 5:13-16) (b) Bishops and Synods were formed to take care of the people of God, ti nurture them, (c) Bishops are elected from the people of God (Pastoral letters) and the constitution of the church Article 113 . Bishops candidates were elected by the Association , consecrated and appointed by the Catholicos and Malankara Maetropolitan. Hoodaya canon did not support the idea of election by lay people. However, 1934 constitution made contextual changes contrary to the recommendations of Hoodaya Canon. That means our church recognized laity/clergy leadership as early as 1934 and did not feel any threat as discussed by Metropolitan Mar Gregorios.

8. The Malankara Association elects bishop candidates based on the need felt by the church and approved by the Holy Synod and Malankara Metropolitan. Holy Synod is not, administratively above the Association or the Managing Committee. I agree with the author, that the Malankara Metropolitan appoint Metropolitans to the diocese and every diocese should have a diocesan metropolitan ( Article 64, and 63 of the Constitution) These articles does not imply that Metropolitans are appointed for life and they are immovable.

9. The 1934 Constitution clearly states that the authority of the Holy Synod is limited to, faith, order and discipline . Holy Synod, the spiritual authority of the church, may abstain from interfering temporal/administrative actions or proposals made by the Church Managing Committee. Such interference is intermingling of legislative, executive and judicial power of the church. That will create tyranny. In the article, the author also wants the church to be synodal. The dictionary meaning of the word Synodal is the following: “an assembly of ecclesiastics or other church delegates, convoked pursuant to the law of the church, for the discussion and decision of ecclesiastical affairs; ecclesiastical council”. (Dictionary.com). If we accept that definition, then laity clergy leadership will also be part of the “synodal” nature of the church suggested by the writer and his fear is displaced.

10. No canon has universal effect /binding in the Christendom ; all Canons were developed out of certain local or regional issues .

11. The author asked, what is the administrative practice/background of our church? It requires thorough review of Malankara Church history from Nestorian era to the establishment of Catholicate in 1912 and the formation of 1934 constitution. We are different from other Eastern Orthodox Churches in this regard because of our intertwined relationship with the Portuguese and CMS missionaries. Knowingly or unknowingly we have elements of Congregationalism and Episcopalism in our administration. We see that in our parish administration to Malankara Church administration. We are Malankara Orthodox not part of Byzantine tradition which is more Roman in administration.

12. Therefore, the foundations on which Dr. Mar Gregorios launched his arguments lack combustion to shoot down the pro-transfer argument. The author failed substantiate his argument with adequate theological, Sociological, historical, ethical or canonical grounds. Transfer of Metropolitans/bishops is not heretical but critical. Transfer of Bishops in Malankara Orthodox Church does not weaken Orthodox faith or belittle metropolitan’s authority. On the contrary it will only increase the image of the church with its proactive mission initiatives. Bishop transfer shall not be a reactive measure but it should be creative steps to meet the contextual needs and demands. Constitutionally, Malankara Metropolitan , by virtue of his office, has the authority to distribute diocese to Bishops new or by transfer. Canons or constitutions were never infallible and will keep on updating. Church is dynamic and growing; growth demands change. Let the clergy and laity be prepared enough to welcome changes in our system.

References:

Article 53 instead of 63.
Canon 24 of the Council of Laodicea prohibits clergy of any class from eating out- Restaurant. Do all our bishops practice that? We make contextual changes
Abraham Malpan Konattu took the initiative to translate Hoodya Canon into Malayalam.
It was at this council fathers decided to make Sunday as the worship day as against the Sabbath observance.
Canon 28 did not allow chairs in the church; Canon 49 mandated againt celebration of Holy Qurbana during lent season except on Sundays; Canon 45 mandates no baptism after the second week of the Lent until the Resurrection. Canon 24, prohibits clergy from eating out/restaurants!!!! It was at this council they decided on Clerical marriage. There were only 215 bishops of the Eastern province of Roman empire attended this Synod. All decrees of the Synod were not accepted by all; Roman Church took only 50, Orthodox Church subscribed to the whole 85, and Bar Habraeus sparingly used them.
This council was attended by 215 bishops of the Eastern Roman Empire and the West initially did not accept their decisions. Eventually they adopted 50 canons of the Council of Trullio.
Orthodox Churches held a Council to refute the Calvinism in 1672 and developed its own canons.
In 1996, there was a special Synod at Kottayam, which discussed the transfer of Bishops especially in American diocese.
This is against the decision of the council of Laodicea Canon 13, and cited in Hoodaya Canon, Konattu Abrham Malpan, Pampakuda, 1986, 4th Edition 1986, P.101,
Constitution Artcile 113
These three are also not arbitrary buy based on tradition, practice and established ethical and moral standards. Sometimes, erratic use of disciplinary steps created problems in the church in the past.
That is how LL Dr. Paulos Mar Gregorios taught us (4t year students) at the Orthodox Theological Seminary, 1977-78
In the case of LL HG Mar Makarios, it was more a reactive measure than a proactive one. A greater picture of reactive measures are seen the Roman Catholic church with Reformation and counter reformation.

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Sopana- ICON Educational-Cultural Research Grant

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KOTTAYAM: The Sopana Academy for Studies in Theology and Culture in collaboration with the Indian Christian Orthodox Network (ICON) announces a research grant for the year 2014-15 for post-graduate level research and publication in any area related to Orthodox Theology, Spirituality and Culture.

Applications are invited from qualified persons holding at least a post-graduate degree from a recognized university in Theology, Church History, Christian Social, Educational or Cultural Studies. Applications should reach the Sopana Academy by 30 September 2014.

For details contact: The Director, Sopana Academy, Mar Baselios Dayara, Njaliyakuzhy, Kottyam, Kerala, India. Phone:+91-944 75 98 671, +919496591151.

Email:sopanaacademy@gmail.com

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Gujarat CM Anandiben thanks Ahmedabad Diocesan Bishop Dr Mar Yulios

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GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel has expressed her sincere thanks to members of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Diocese of Ahmedabad Bishop Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios for extending the support and feelings on election of Anandiben as the first female CM of Gujarat.

Smt Anandiben has addressed the letter dated August 21, 2014 to the Metropolitan as Snehi (friend) Dr Geevarghese.

Bombay Diocesan Metropolitan Geevarghese Mar Coorilos and Ahmedabad Diocesan Metropolitan Dr Mar Yulios had met Smt Anandiben Patel at her office along with various office bearers of Ahmedabad Orthodox Diocese, and held wide ranging fruitful talks on August 21.

While expressing her gratitude with the feeling that the progress of Gujarat be enlightened with the collective and inclusive efforts of all, Smt Anandiben, further notes that the state has established its unique identity across the globe through its ongoing journey towards development.

This, she noted, was an achievement that was a matter of pride for every citizen of the state.

The letter further stated that Gujarat today had become the torch bearer of the nation contributing the share to the essence of development for all with the cooperation from with its motto being: Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikas.~ LC

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Fr. Alexander J. Kurien gets top post in US administration

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WASINGTON: A Christian priest from India, who played a crucial role in the construction of American embassies throughout the world, has been given a new top post in the US administration.

Fr Alexander James Kurien of the Indian Orthodox Malankara Church is expected to assume charge as the deputy administrator of the Office of the Government wide Policy (OGP) by August end. The office encourages various agencies in United States to make the best use of government policies.

The priest, nicknamed as the “Orthodox Church’s strategic brain” in the US, had earlier served as the director of the Office of Strategic Planning at the United States Department of State in Washington DC. He has also been trained at the Monastic Republic of Mount Athos, theorthodoxchurch.info reported.

The General Services Administration of the United States created the OGP in 1995 to consolidate its policy functions into a single organization. Its policymaking authority covers the areas of personal and real property, travel and transportation, information technology, regulatory information and use of federal advisory committees.

It has been tasked to ensure that government-wide policies encourage agencies to develop and utilize the best, most cost effective management practices for the conduct of their specific programs.

“Fr. Kurien has been a vibrant presence in the spiritual and social lives of so many people in the Washington DC metro area for about two decades,” reports orthodoxherald.com. It hailed him as a visionary, an exceptionally talented organizer, an efficient motivator, and compassionate spiritual leader.

He came to the US after finishing 12th grade. He is the youngest son of Koshy Kurien and Pennamma Kurien of Kadackal House, Pallipad, Kerala.

He was ordained a priest for the Kottayam Devalokam Chapel on June 28, 1987.

In addition to the theological studies, he has completed Master of Business Administration in Finance, Master of Science in Strategic Planning, Chartered Financial Analyst, Fellow of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Counselor of Real Estate Valuation, Certified Business Valuer, and Member of the Appraisal Institute.

The priest has conducted religious services in more than 50 countries.

He celebrated the silver jubilee of his ordination two years ago at St. Gregorios Orthodox Church at Bensalem, Pennsylvania. Greeting him on the occasion were US president Barak Obama, secretary of state Hillary Clinton and former presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton. Heads of the Orthodox Churches from Greece, Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Syria also greeted him.

As the director of the Office of Strategic Planning at the United States Department of State in Washington DC, he directed the Knowledge Management and Long Range Planning Divisions, which manage eight major initiatives and programs.

He has 26 years of private and public sector experience conducting and assisting in politically sensitive, high-level negotiations with private entities and foreign governments in 147 countries.

His responsibilities included long-range strategic planning involving the Department’s overseas portfolio of more than 18,000 constructed assets valued at more than US$53 billion, publishes the Long-Range Plan consisting US$13 billion in requirements.

He has coordinated the construction of the three largest U.S. embassies located in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and 90 newly constructed embassies and consulates in five continents.

Fr Kurien has collaborated with 30 United States Government Executive Departments and agencies to accommodate their operational platform to conduct their mission in 324 embassies and consulates.

The Indian priest has won the international award for Excellence in Innovation and eighteen awards for exceptional performance from the United States Department of State.

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Source: mattersindia.com reporter

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Mar Coorilos, Mar Yulios hold talks with Gujarat CM Anandiben

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GANDHINAGAR: Bombay Diocesan Metropolitan Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, Ahmedabad Diocesan Metropolitan Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios yesterday met Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel at her office along with various office bearers of Ahmedabad Orthodox Diocese, and held wide ranging fruitful talks.

Others who formed part of the delegation include Diocesan Secretary Fr Jacob Mathew, Fr Philipose Abraham, Fr Isaac Thomas, Mathew Ninan Athimoottil from Muscat, Adv Mathai Mampallil, P D Baby, Dr Eapen Cherian (Pramod), CV Mathews Benny Mathews.

Both the Metropolitans extended warm wishes and exchanged floral bouquets with the Chief Minister.

It was earlier reported that HH Baselios Mar Thoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the East & Malankara Metropolitan will meet Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mrs Anandiben Mafatbhai Patel, on August 21.Since His Holiness the Catholicos could not make it from Devalokam Aramana, Kottayam, Metropolitans Geevarghese Mar Coorilos and Dr Mar Yulios led the delegation.

The meeting was held at the Chief Minister’s Office, Swarnim Sankul-1, New Sachivalaya, in the evening after the conclusion of the clergy conference.

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Sopana Academy conducts three day workshop for young adults

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KOTTAYAM: Sopana Academy is conducting a three day workshop for young adults on sacramental living. Fr. Dr. K. M. George will lead the classes.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the young people to have acquaintance with the essence of three Holy Sacraments. The workshop will be conducted at Mar Baselios Dayara from August 22nd Friday evening to 24th Sunday morning.

A living in initiation to the practical aspects of the three sacraments of Baptism, Mooron, and Holy Qurbana.

Arrival: Friday 22nd 5 PM
Departure: 24th Sunday after the lunch.
Contact +91 4812462629, +919496591151

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HH the Catholicos to meet Gujarat CM Anandiben on Aug 21

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GANDHINAGAR, Gujarat : HH Baselios Mar Thoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the East & Malankara Metropolitan will meet Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mrs Anandiben Mafatbhai Patel, on August 21 and hold talks.

Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Ahmedabad Diocese Metropolitan, Diocesan Secretary Fr Jacob Mathew, will be part of the delegation.The meeting is scheduled at the Chief Minister’s Office, New Sachivalaya, on the evening after the conclusion of the clergy conference.

The Malankara Metropolitan and primate of the Indian Orthodox Church is in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, to lead the 3-day biennial clergy conference from August 19 to 21.

This will be for the first time the Catholicos and Dr Mar Yulios will be meeting the Chief Minister. Dr Mar Yulios says the high-profile meeting will apprise the chief minister of all help from the Indian Orthodox community of its cooperation and towards its various social welfare programmes. Dr Mar Yulios had also maintained excellent relations with former chief minister and prime minister Shri Narendra Modi.

In May 2014, Dr Mar Yulios, had conveyed his best wishes to Mrs Anandiben Patel, after she took charge as the chief minister. Dr Mar Yulios had prayed for the success and growth and development of the state under the new leadership.The letter has assured the Chief Minister of assisting the state regarding matters of social concern and full support from the Indian Orthodox Community for which it has been receiving excellent support.

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Ahmedabad Diocese all set to host 3-day biennial clergy conference from Aug 19

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AHMEDABAD, Gujarat, India — Ahmedabad Diocese is all set to host the sixth biennial clergy conference for 3-days from August 19 to 21.

The conference is set on the theme “Servant of the new covenant” from 2 Corinthians 3:6 and will be held at the Hotel Sarovar Portico on Ellis Bridge.

The leaders of the conference include HH Baselios Mar Thoma Paulose II (Catholicos), Thomas Mar Athanasios, President of St Thomas Vaidika Sangham, Geevarghese Mar Coorilose, Metropolitan of Mumbai Diocese, Dr Joseph Mar Dionysius, Metropolitan of Calcutta Diocese, Dr Yuhanon Mar Dioscoros, Metropolitan of Madras Diocese, Dr Yuhanon Mar Demetrius, Metropolitan of Delhi Diocese, HG Yakoob

Mar Elias, Metropolitan of Brahmavar Diocese, HG Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, (host as Ahmedabad Diocese Metropolitan) and Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim, Metropolitan of Bengaluru Diocese. Fr Dr O Thomas and Fr Dr Jossi Jacob are the guest speakers.

HH the Catholicos will deliver the valedictory message on August 21 at the concluding session with presidential address by Mar Athanasius. Those who will be felicitated include Rev Thomas Macwan, Bishop of Ahmedabad, Mar Coorilos, Mar Yulios, Fr Issac C A and Adv Mathai Mampallil. Fr Thomas Amayil and Fr Saji Yohannan will present the future plan presentations.

On the first day Mar Coorilos will light the lamp and deliver the inaugural address during the inaugural session followed by welcome speech by Dr Mar Yulios and presidential address by Mar Athanasius.HE Stanislaus Fernandes, Archbishop of Gandhinagar, Dr Mar Seraphim, Fr Thomas Amayil, M G George Muthoot and Dr Abraham Koshy will deliver felicitations.

There will be panel discussions on government and governance, Gandhiji’s encounter with Christianity and Spirituality in Indian context.

Other sessions include meditations from Dr Yuhanon Mar Dioscoros, Bible study by Dr Mar Demetrius, class by Yakoob Mar Elias, health care checkup and class by Dr Eapen Cherian, classes by Fr Dr Jossi Jacob, Director, PG Programme, Holy Trinity Theological College, Adis Ababa.

There will also be report presentations on main events, projects, diocesan programmes and STOTS, discussions and group reports with Ahmedabad Darshan (Gandhi Marg) thrown in on the second day. On the final day, the plenary sessions will have reports of group discussions, resolutions and statements with HH the Catholicos leading the Holy Eucharist. Fr Tiju V Iype will welcome and Fr V Daniel, general convener, will deliver the vote of thanks.

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Orthodox churches in Gujarat holds special prayers for peace in Iraq, Middle East

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MIRZAPUR, Ahmedabad-: Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Ahmedabad Diocese Metropolitan, will lead the Indian Orthodox Churches in Gujarat, on holding special prayers for peace in Iraq and the Middle East, on August 17 and 18, 2014.

Dr Mar Yulios was part of the signatory on behalf of the Gujarat United Christian Forum for Human Rights (GUCFHR) along with Archbishop S Fernandes SJ (Catholic Archdiocese of Gandhinagar), Bishop Sylvans Christian (CNI Diocese of Gujarat), and Bishop Thomas Macwan (Catholic Diocese of Ahmedabad).

The GUCFHR which held a meeting at Bishop’s House, Mirzapur, on August 11, 2014, in the presence of bishops, church elders and representatives of the Christian Community in Gujarat decided that “special prayers for peace in Iraq and the Middle East will be held in all churches all over Gujarat on August 17 and 18 (Saturday and Sunday).

The GUCFHR unequivocally condemned the brutal killings and attacks by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) on Christians and other minorities in Iraq. The attacks on Palestinians in Gaza were also condemned by the GUCFHR.

The GUCHFR also re-echoed the words and appeals from the World Council of Churches, the Vatican and of His Holiness Pope Francis that, ‘You cannot make war in the name of God’, and urged the perpetrators to shun these inhuman acts of violence immediately.

The GUCFHR also called upon all world leaders and all men and women of goodwill to do all they can to ensure lasting peace in these zones of conflict.The GUCFHR also expressed their sympathy, solidarity and support to all victims of this violence. This circular will be read out at all services in all churches of Gujarat on August 17 and 18.

The other members of GUCFHR are: The Church of North India (Gujarat Diocese), Catholic Archdiocese of Gandhinagar, Catholic Diocese of Ahmedabad, Catholic Diocese of Baroda, Catholic Diocese of Rajkot, The Gujarat Regional Conference of the Methodist Church in India, Salvation Army Indian (Western), Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Mar Thoma Syrian Church, Seventh Day Adventist Church (Gujarat Conference), Syrian Orthodox Church and Christian Missionary Alliance of India (Gujarat Synod).

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OCYM Ahmedabad Diocese one dat conference concluded

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AHMEDABAD: A One Day Diocesan Conference of OCYM (Diocese of Ahmedabad) was held on 22nd June, 2014 (Sunday) at St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, Ahmedabad.

The theme of the conference was ‘Rhythm of Social Commitment’.

Fr. Varghese Tiju Ipe presided over the function.Fr. Jessen P.Y., the main speaker of the conference presented the theme in brief.

Nishy George – Ex – Jt. Secretary of OCYM (Diocese of Ahmedabad) submitted a Condolence Resolution expressing the deep sorrow and grave feeling of loss of the august gathering at the demise of His. Holiness Baselios Didymus – I which was unanimously passed by the delegates.

Binu David Geevarghese – Secretary of OCYM Ahmedabad Unit welcomed the gathering. George P. Mathew, Ex – Secretary, Ahmedabad Unit. proposed vote of thanks. The Conference was led by Fr. Jessen P.Y. – the General Secretary of OCYM. Fr. Varghese Tiju Ipe – Vice President of OCYM Diocese of Ahmedabad and Fr. Philipose Abraham, Vicar of Gandhinagar Parish were also present at the conference. Adv. Mathai Mampallil – Sabha Managing Committee Member, P.D. Baby – Diocesan Council Member, Lall Varghese – Treasurer of the Cathedral and Sajai Mathias – Secretary were also present during the Inaugural Ceremony

The Main Session began with a song session by the OCYM Ahmedabad Unit. The Annual Report of the year 2013 – 14 was presented by the Ex-General Secretary of OCYM Ahmedabad Diocese Anil Thomas. A Resolution was read out for increasing the age of the OCYM Office Bearers and Members for Outside Kerala Diocese from 45 years to 50 years. Various proposals for the Diocese, Zones and District Clusters were discussed for the coming year. Selection of new Officer Bearers for various posts was than taken up. Thomas George Mampallil – General Secretary OCYM (Diocese of Ahmedabad) proposed vote of thanks.

The Conference was attended by around 75 delegates from various Parishes of the Diocese. The units represented in the Conference are Baroda, Gandhinagar, Indore and Ahmedabad.

The new Office Bearers for OCYM AHMEDABAD DIOCESE :

President : H.G. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Yulios (Metropolitan of Ahmedabad Diocese)
Vice President: Rev. Fr. Varghese Tiju Ipe, Ahmedabad
Diocese Secretary : Mr. Thomas George Mampallil, Ahmedabad
Diocese Jt.Secretary : Mr. Chacko S., Baroda
Diocese Treasurer : Mr. Sunil Thomas, Indore
GujaratZonal Secretary: Mr. Jiji Abraham, Baroda
M.P/Rajasthan Zonal Secretary : Mr. Benny George, Indore
Group Organizer Ahmedabad : Mr. Binu M.M., Ahmedabad
Group Organizer Baroda : Mr. Sajan Chacko, Baroda
Group Organizer Indore : Mr. Reju Paul, Indore
Central Committee Members : Mr. Nishy George, Ahmedabad
: Mr. Chandy Thomas, Udaipur
: Ms. Jincy Johnson, Gandhinagar
Diocese Council Members : Mr. Binu David, Ahmedabad
: Mr. Reji Philip, Udaipur
Ex-officio : Mr. Anil Thomas, Ahmedabad

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