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Fr. Dr. Parackel Kuriakose Mathew Passes away in Canada

TORANTO: Fr. Dr. Parackel Kuriakose Mathew (Mathew Achen, age 78) passed away on October 29, 2015, in Mississauga, Toronto, Canada.

He is survived by his wife Ponnamma Mathew (retired teacher) from Venmony (Kandalore House) in Kerala and three daughters, Dr. Anu Mathew (w/o Varghese Abraham (Unni), Maryland, USA), Renu Mathew (w/o Bejoy Philip, Montreal, Canada) and Sneha Susan Mathew (w/o Sanjay Markose, Montreal, Canada).

Fr. Mathew is the son of the late Parackel Kuriakose Cor Episcopos and Annamma. He was born and brought up in Meenadom, near Kottayam, Kerala, India, as the eldest of six children. He came to Canada in 1972 and has been serving the communities in Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, and Montreal. He organized congregations and served as vicar in St. Thomas Orthodox Churches in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, and St. George’s Orthodox Church, Kingston. He was very dynamic in social, community and Church spheres in India, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Canada. His last Holy Qurbana was on September 20th, 2015, at St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Toronto.

His decision to become a priest came about in his youth when he encountered H.G. Geevarghese Mar Philoxenos (Puthencavil Kochu Thirumeni). When passing through Pampady in front of his mother’s house, Thirumeni stopped and talked to the young Thankachen (Mathew Achen), urging him to get a priest like his father, Parackel Achen. He has been influenced in his lifetime by many pious and saintly men, key among them being H.H. Baselios Augen I, H.G. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios, and H.G. Mathews Mar Barnabas.

After finishing his B.A. from SB College, Changanassery, P.K. Mathew joined the first batch of students (1959) at the Kottayam seminary. He had completed his B.D. degree and served as the SCM Secretary in Trivandrum for one year. Subsequently, he also had completed his M.Th from Serampore University, Calcutta. Augen Bava sent Deacon Mathew to teach at Theological College of Holy Trinity, Haile Selassie I (present Addis Ababa) University, Ethiopia. Fr. Mathew was ordained as a priest by Augen Bava in 1968. He also had completed an S.T.M. (Master of Sacred Theology) degree from the Near East School of Theology, Beirut, and earned a Ph.D. from McGill University, Montreal in New Testament studies. He taught at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria. He was also visiting Professor of Biblical Languages at the Spiritan International School of Theology at Enugu, Nigeria and has published articles in books and international journals.

Fr. P.K. Mathew has been a very devout and faithful Orthodox priest, an excellent scholar, counselor, and defender of the Orthodox faith. He was a firm advocate of the ecumenical movement and counted priests and members from other denominations and faiths among his acquaintances. Above all he was a truly noble person who loved to recount tales from his life and wished for all his faithful and loved ones, unreservedly.

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Delhi Diocesan MGOCSM conference LOGOS-15 concluded

DELHI: M.G.O.C.S.M. Delhi Diocese had organized the ‘Three Day Annual Conference’ “LOGOS 2015, from 23 to 25 October St. Thomas School, Indirapuram Ghaziabad.

The conference was hosted by the St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Ghaziabad.

The Theme of the conference was “Trust in the Lord with all your Heart, and lean not on your Understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

Theodore Collins, Bishop of CNI, along with Sam V. Gabriel, Cor-episcopos inaugurated the conference by lighting the lamp. Fr. Saji Yohannan (Vicar), Fr. Saju Thomas (Asst. Vicar) were also present on the occasion.

Dr. Yuhannon Mar Demetrius, Diocesan Metropolitan; Sam V Gabriel Cor-episcopos (Vicar, St. George Orthodox Church, Dwaraka) and Fr. Dr. Bijesh Philip (Principal, St. Thomas Theological Seminary Nagpur) were the leaders for the conference

A workshop was conducted by Lovelish Abraham (Former Chief Editor, Prayatna Magazine Delhi Diocese)

“It was filled with spiritually inspiring sessions, fun filled games, interactive workshops, grilling Q&A session, invigorating Talent Night and a soul stirring Gregorian Retreat” most of the attendees reflected.

Gregorian Voice, the official Choir of MGOCSM Delhi Diocese led the songs sessions and retreat.

LOGOS gave the members a platform to learn Orthodox faith and its exercises. Interactive sessions allowed the members to dig deep to find out why we conform to orthodoxy. 245 delegates from across Delhi Diocese attended the 3 day LOGOS 2015.

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Mar Eusebius meets H.H. Pope Tawadros II in Houston

Houston: HH Pope Tawadros II, the Pope of Alexandria and the Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, visited Houston on Monday during his tight pastoral tour.

Representing the Malankara Orthodox Church, Alexios Mar Eusebius, the Metropolitan of the Diocese of South-West America, Houston area Clergies and lay leaders attended the Houston met the Pope..

Pope Tawadros is the leader of the 16 million-member Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt. During the US tour HH will visit about 1 million believers in the United States of his dioceses.

The 62-year-old Tawadros, born Wagih Subhi Baqi Sulayman in the Egyptian city of Mansoura, was installed as the church’s 118th pope in 2012. Following its founding to the apostle St. Mark in the first century, the church split from the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches in 450 AD.

In 2013, Tawadros became the second Coptic pope to call a sitting Roman Catholic Bishop of Rome in the Vatican.

The Coptic pontiff offered a sermon and prayer service at Bellaire’s St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Houston.

The Coptic Orthodox Church and the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church are sister churches, belonging to the family of Oriental Orthodox Churches. The Coptic pontiff and Mar Eusebius exchanged gifts and talk about ecumenical cooperation among local parishes of the ancient churches.

Cor-episcopos Geevarghese Aroopala, Fr. Varghese Thomas, Fr. Mathews George Diocesan Council member, Diocesan PRO Yeldho Peter and other lay leaders joined the Metropolitan during the visit.

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Metropolitan Mar Eusebius to meet Coptic Pope Tawadros II

HOUSTON: The Pope of Coptic Orthodox Church, HH Tawadros II arrived in the United States on this Wednesday as part of a HH’s three week apostolic visit to the US.

During the visit, Pope Tawadros II will meet with the Coptic community, local leaders and the U.S. government and other religious leaders.
His Holiness Tawadros II, is the 118th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark in Egypt. On Monday, October 12, 2015 HH will be visiting Houston. During the visit, a meeting has been arranged for His Holiness from 10am-1pm at St. Mark’s Coptic Church, Houston.

Representing the Malankara Orthodox Church, Alexios Mar Eusebius, Metropolitan of the Diocese of South-West America will attend the meeting to express the Church of Malankara’s solidarity with the Coptic Church.

Houston area Clergies and lay leaders will also accompany the Metropolitan during the visit.

The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria is one among the most ancient Churches in the world, having been founded by Saint Mark the Apostle, the writer of the second gospel, in the first Century. The word ‘Coptic’ comes from the ancient Egyptian word ‘hekaptah’ meaning ‘Egypt’, and thus ‘Coptic’ merely means ‘Egyptian.’ As a conservative Church, the Coptic Church has carefully preserved the Orthodox Christian Faith in its earliest and purest form, handing it down from generation to generation, unaltered and true to the Apostolic doctrines and patterns of worship, comes under the Oriental Orthodox Churches.

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