STATEN ISLAND, N.Y: Worshipers of St. George Malankara Orthodox Church of India finally have a new home.
The church held a dedication ceremony and inaugural service on Saturday to christen its new facility on Sunset Avenue in Meiers Corners. Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, the diocesan Metropolitan was the chief-celebrant on the occasion.
Borough President James Oddo, Councilman Steven Matteo and District Attorney-elect Michael McMahon attended the morning ceremony, which comes just over three years after St. George’s old church in New Dorp Beach was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The old facility reopened following repairs, but didn’t have the space to accommodate the church’s growing congregation.
The new 15,000-square-foot space, which had been under construction since early 2012, has more seating in the sanctuary, a cry room for children, an audio visual room with state-of-the-art equipment and a larger event space to accommodate church charity drives and social functions.
It’s also more conveniently located for many church members, who will now be able to walk to Holy Qurbana. Fr. Alex K. Joy is the current vicar of the parish.
Prior to Saturday’s dedication, worshipers had been holding services at Alba House in Westerleigh, after closing old New Dorp Beach facility early last year.
Source: By Zak Koeske / SiLive