SYDNEY: The retreat for the clergy of the Indian Orthodox Church in Australia was held on February 20, 2015 at St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Cathedral, Sydney. The retreat was lead by Yuhanon Mar Polycarpos and Dr. Yuhanon Mar Dioscoros.
“His Grace Mar Dioscoros’ opening address encouraged the clergy under the diocese of Madras in Australia to use the Great Lent with its intensified prayer life as a preparation for the year ahead. Metropolitan suggested that although they might face criticism from people on one hand and the ire of their superiors on the other, their reaction should always be positive like Moses and Aaron.
Mar Polycarpos, in the main retreat address, spoke to the clergy referring to Psalm 34:8 enjoining them to take in God their refuge like David did when he was in danger from Abimelech. The Metropolitan emphasized that priests should pray to God to know the One Who called them properly. God’s people entrusted to them can be led by them to Him only through their right words and activities. ”
Fr. Thomas Varghese, Fr.Shinu K Thomas, Fr. James Philip, Fr. Ferdinand Pathrose, Fr. Benny K David, Fr. Varghese Maniyampra and Fr. Babu Kurian from the parishes in Australia attended this retreat. Fr. George Thomas (visiting priest) also was present at the retreat.
Fr. Benny David welcomed the gathering. Fr. James Philip proposed vote of thanks.
This event also coincided with the 6th anniversary of the Episcopal ordination of Yuhanon Mar Polycarpos and Dr. Yuhanon Mar Dioscoros. Fr. Thomas Varghese congratulated both Metropolitans on behalf of all the priests and wished them all the best.
News sent in by Sujeev Varghese