KOTTAYAM: Rich accolades were paid to the contributions made by the Orthodox Theological Seminary (Old Seminary) on the occasion of the valedictory of its bicentenary celebrations here on Thursday.
Inaugurating the valedictory function, Governor P. Sathasivam said Kerala could take pride in the rich heritage of communal harmony and high literacy levels. Recalling the role of the Orthodox Theological Seminary in the educational uplift of the State, he said he was proud to represent the State when the President called a meeting of the Governors. He also remembered that his colleagues too had commended on the achievement of the State, especially in the area of the communal harmony.
He pointed out that the seminary was the product of the collaboration between the local Syrian Christian community and the missionaries for providing modern education to the local youth. Grooming them for ministerial service was also one of the intentions, he said. The Governor also pointed to the role of the seminary in imparting education in English, Latin, Syriac and Sanskrit.
“It is a golden occasion to look back to the past with legitimate pride and look forward to specific schemes of action for much more glorious future,” he said.
Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan Baselius Mar Thoma Paulose II, head of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church (MOSC), presided. Metropolitan Tikhon, the primate of the Orthodox Church of America, delivered the benedictory address and Jiji Thomson, Chief Secretary, delivered keynote address.
Fr. Jacob Kurian, former Principal of the seminary, spoke. Fr. O. Thomas, Principal, Orthodox Theological Seminary, welcomed the gathering and Fr. Johns Abraham Konat, priest trustee of MOSC, proposed a vote of thanks.
Source: The Hinu
BY SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT