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Entries open for logo design contest of Ahmedabad OCYM International conference

AHMEDABAD: Organizers of the International Conference of Orthodox Christian Youth Movement (OCYM) have called up on professional designers to design a logo for its upcoming mega international youth conference.

Some of the official rules for the contest state the logos must not have any copyrighted material. They must have been created and edited by the contestants. Logos may not include images or licensed images that have been previously published and must be easily reproducible for large and small formatting.

The logo must be featured on OCYM website, social media platforms and other mediums like stationary and pamphlets. The designed logo has to be eye-catching and legible.
Each entry must be credited to a single individual. The logo contest does not accept entries from pairs or teams.

All entries will become the property of the OCYM. By submitting an entry, the entrant agrees that any and all intellectual property rights in the design are deemed assigned to OCYM. The winning logo will be chosen by OCYM and their decision will be final.

All entries must be submitted as salable vectors, and must be adaptable to change, including size alterations and color or gray scale shifts. Eligible participants must create a logo design in JPG, PDF, or PSD formats. The chosen winner must be able to provide a high resolution vector file (in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, or In Design).

The last date for submission of the logo is Friday June 3, 2016 and email to

The conference is scheduled to be held from September 30 to October 2, 2016 at Sabha Jyothis Pulikottil Mar Dionisius I Nagar, Ahmedabad, and will have its theme on ‘The Beauty of Silence.’

The Orthodox Christian Youth Movement (OCYM), is the youth-wing of the Indian (Malankara) Orthodox Syrian Church is in its 80th year of active leadership and Christian witness in the Church and society. It contributes to the goodness and progress of the Church and community in the three-fold path of worship, study and service. It aims at molding the minds and visions of the youth against the background of contemporary issues.

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Catholicos bans fireworks display in Orthodox Church festivals

KOTTAYAM: Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church has banned pyrotechnic displays as part of church festivals.

In a statement, supreme head of the church, Catholicos and Malankara Metropolitan Baselios Marthoma Paulose II called upon the members of the community to extend their wholehearted support to the victims of the Kollam temple fire accident.

H.H the Catholicos made it clear that pyrotechnic displays have been banned in Orthodox churches.

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Urgent help Needed; financial assistance for stem cell transplantation Rev.Fr Varghese George

urgent help needed
Rev.Fr Varghese George, a priest of Trivandrum diocese, is undergoing treatment for cancer at Vellore Medical College.

The doctors recommended a life-saving high-dose chemotherapy and stem cell rescue transplantation ASAP. Its cost about 25 – 30 lakhs for surgery alone and pre-medication cost is1.5 lakhs per week for 4 weeks.
Dr. Geevarghese Mar Yulios Metropolitan visited Fr Varghese George last week at Vellore Hospital.

Metropolitan Alexios Mar Eusebios has sent out a circular to all the parishes of South-west American Diocese for an immediate help. Metropolitan who is travelling to India will hand over the funds collected from his parishes. He also urged the faithful to remember Rev.Fr Varghese George in their prayers.

The IOH family is truly hoping for your favorable response from the readers of IOH all around the world. You can send the financial help directly to:
S.B.T. Kottarakkara, Pulamon.Br.70272, Kollam. 691531.
IFS code: SBTR.0000272
A/c. 57022993024
Name: Rajamma Varghese

Funds Directly sent to Achen’s Family

1. St.Stephens OC, Long Island by Fr.Dr.C.K.Rajan (Northeast American Diocese) – 1 lakh INR

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Kerala High Court stays filling of Metran Kayal for tourism project

KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday stayed the government order to fill vast tract of ecologically sensitive paddy-field and backwaters at Kumarakam in Kottayam, known as methran kayal, for a major tourism project proposed by a private developer.

The Congress government had given nod for reclamation of ‘the methran kayal‘ at the famous tourist destination at Kumarakam three days before the notification for the assembly elections was announced.

The government decision, which amounted to flagrant violation of the Kerala Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act-2008, had come under sharp criticism from the Congress itself.

Acting upon the petition of a farmer named Alexander, the bench of Justice Muhammed Mustaq ordered that status quo should be maintained in the issue and banned construction activities at the project site.

Last week, the government had issued an order allowing Chennai-based Rakindo Developers Pvt Limited to fill 376 acres of paddy field and backwaters at Kumarakam for a tourism project worth Rs 1,000 crore.

The government allowed reclamation of the paddy field, disregarding the adverse reports from the departments of agriculture, fisheries, environment and local self governing.

Besides, the Assembly subject committee too had registered its dissent for granting sanction for the proposed tourism project at the cost of paddy fields and backwaters. However, to overcome the objections raised by various departments, the government had got a report from the district collector, which said the proposed site was not suitable for farming.

As the government decision on the eve of election notification became controversial, Congress state president V M Sudheeran publically stated that the decision should be revoked. He said such controversial decisions do not bode well for a government at election times. He urged CM Oommen Chandy and Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash to review the decision taken by the revenue department.

The high court stay came at a time the government indicated that it was ready to revisit the controversial decision. The Opposition had alleged corrupt deal behind the decision.

Methran Kayal Dying a Slow Death

Large areas of the Vembanad lake were transformed into cultivable lands in the beginning of the 19th century, during the reign of Sri Moolam Thirunal, to meet the food requirement of the erstwhile Kingdom of Travancore.

Of these, Methran Kayal, a paddy polder in the Kumarakom panchayat, was the richest land in terms of productivity.

Unfortunately, Methran Kayal has been falling prey to unsustainable developmental activities, which is making land non-cultivable. When cultivated properly, the land had produced more than 10,500 quintal of rice, annually.

Methran Kayal, which was handed over to the Malankara Orthodox Church during the time of Pulikkottil Joseph Mar Dionysious-II by Sri Moolam Thirunal, was also called the ‘Seminary Kayal’.

According to the Orthodox Church, the area was handed over to some farmers for cultivation during the time of Geevarghese Mar Vattasseril (Vattasseril Thirumeni), in return for a stipulated quantity of rice to be given to the Kottayam Old Seminary.

All those who cultivated paddy there were members of the Orthodox Church, except for one Hindu family. All, except the Hindu family, refused to return the land. Then, the Thirumeni asked the Hindu family to keep the land with them.

The Church authorities did not take any legal action against those who held the land against the agreement. Later, an area of around 417 acre went to private parties, which was cultivated until 2006.

Courtsey: The Indian Express /Shaju Philip

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Church Sponsors students for paramedical courses at C M C Vellore

KOTTAYAM: Malankara Orthodox Church is sponsoring students for paramedical courses at C M C Vellore for the coming academic year. Those interested, please contact MGOCSM Student Centre, College Road, Kottayam-1.

Please note:

1. Download your application forms

2. Enclose a Demand Draft in favour of ‘MGOCSM’ for Rs. 600/- as application fee.

3. Attach Baptism Certificate and send it to MGOCSM Student Centre, College Road, Kottayam-1

For More information contact MGOCSN office : Ph. 0481 2567338 or Email:

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Church Should Introspect on its Mission: Jiji Thomson

KOTTAYAM: Chief Secretary Jiji Thomson on Thursday called upon the Church to introspect on its mission. He was delivering the keynote address on the mission of the Church at the valedictory function of the bicentenary celebrations of the Kottayam Orthodox Theological Seminary (Old seminary) here.

He also called for taking up the mission of spreading Christianity and added it was Biblically imperative to bring people unto Jesus.

Thomson, who spoke at a function being attended by Governor Justice P Sathasivam, highlighted the importance of the evangelisation mission.

Thomson began his speech by saying that he was speaking not as a Chief Secretary, but as a son of the Church.

“The ultimate mission of the Church is to spread Christianity and I am thinking of ways to fulfil this mission. There are three ways to achieve this goal, which are Church evangelisation, personal evangelisation and mass evangelisation. While mass evangelisation is being held through Bible conventions, everyone can go on the path of personal evangelisation,” he said, elaborating the term gospel as ‘go’ and ‘spell.’

When Express contacted Thomson over phone and asked whether his speech amounted to evangelisation, he said being a Christian he had the right to speak about Christianity. Replying to a question whether it is proper for him to speak about attracting people to Christianity while holding the Chief Secretary’s post, he said everyone has religious freedom and he could speak about it as a person.

“There is nothing wrong in speaking about Christianity while being a Chief Secretary,” he said.

Source: The New Indian Express
By Abhilash Chandran Published: 27th November 2015



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Governor hails State’s communal harmony; Bicentenary fete of Old Seminary concludes

Governor P. Sathasivam inaugurating the valedictory session of the bicentenary celebrations of the Orthodox Theological Seminary in Kottayam on Thursday.: Photo-The Hindu
Governor P. Sathasivam inaugurating the valedictory session of the bicentenary celebrations of the Orthodox Theological Seminary in Kottayam on Thursday.: Photo-The Hindu

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

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Fr. M.M.Abraham’s Funeral on Friday November 6

BENGALURU: Fr. MM, Abraham (80) a senior priest of Malankara Orthodox Church and Chaplain of NAMS Snehasadan, Bangalore had passed away on 4th November 2015.

Funeral service will begin on Friday 6 November at 10 am at NAMS Snehasadan and the burial service at 1 PM at St. Mary’s Orthodox Valiapally, Jalahalli, and Bangalore.

Fr. Abraham was born on 11th March 1935 at Mallapally, Kerala into the Vattaserril family and was ordained as priest on 15th August 1960.His first assignment was at Trichy for the people who came from Latin Catholic sect to the Orthodox fold. (1961-62)

Fr. M.M Abraham had served in the Diocese of Malabar from 1962 to 1992, where he established more than 16 churches and was the Vicar of, 20 parishes. He is an acclaimed priest whose contribution is considered to be very vital in laying a strong foundation to the Diocese. He was instrumental in organizing the migrant population in the difficult terrains of the Malabar region. He took the initiative and constructed parishes in the districts of Malappuram, Palghat and Kozhikkode. He is known as the ‘Apostle of Malabar’. A selfless priest devoted and totally dedicated to his call, he traveled bare foot through the length and breadth of the region without proper food and even reached out to the migrant population, taking care of their social, economic and religious needs and “kept the sheep under the fold” who would have been otherwise lost.

After his retirement in 1992 he has served Christu Shishya Asharam, Tadagam near Coimbatore and St Gregorios Balagram, Yacharam before settling down at NAMS Snehasadan, Bangalore. Achen was the MGOCSM Chaplain for Karnataka between 2002 and 2005.

Fr. M .M Abraham did his BSc Mathematics Degree from St Joseph’s Devagiri, Kozhikode.He was awarded merit scholarship for his excellence in studies, the same was used to construct parishes for small congregations. Achen has three post graduate degrees to his credit in History, Political Science and Sociology. A vivid reader, a scholar of par excellence. He was an authority on Church History. His capsule sermons during the Holy Qurbana were very popular. He was always very popular among children and youngsters. He was a role model for the children and youth of Malabar during his tenure there and later on for the Pravasi students as the Chaplain of MGOCSM, Karnataka Region. He managed to guide many people to priesthood and inspired a generation towards a spiritual path.

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Fr. Dr. Jogy C. George; New Faculty member in Nagpur Seminary

NAGPUR: Fr. Dr. Jogy C. George was appointed by as a full-time residential faculty at St. Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary Nagpur.

He completed his Bachelor of Divinity in 2001 from the Orthodox Theological Seminary Kottayam. Later did his Doctoral studies from the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome in the topic ‘The Metaphor of the shepherd in the Gospel of St. Mark’.

He is from the Kottayam Central diocese and a member of Mar Elia Cathedral Kottayam.

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Metropolitan Tikhon meets with Malankarese Catholicos

SYOSSET, NY His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, met with His Holiness, Mar Thomas Paulose II, Catholicos of the Malankara Orthodox Church (also known as the Indian Orthodox Church) on Monday, July 6, 2015.

The meeting took place at the headquarters of the Malankara Church’s North American Diocese, located a few miles from the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America. His Grace, Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos of the North America Diocese, hosted the meeting in conjunction with the Catholicos’ week-long visit to the United States.

Fr. Chad Hatfield, Chancellor of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, presents Bible to the Catholicos.

Accompanying Metropolitan Tikhon were Archpriests John Jillions, OCA Chancellor, and Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary. Also present was Archpriest Dr. Chad Hatfield, Chancellor of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY, where Metropolitan Zachariah serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. A number of Malankarese students currently are pursuing studies at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary and Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, South Canaan, PA.

The ancient Malankara Church traces its origin to the Apostle Thomas. Headquartered in the southern Indian province of Kerala, it maintains about 1000 parishes in India, and another 200 parishes in North America.

In April 2015, Metropolitan Tikhon and Catholicos Thomas met in Armenia, where they participated in the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. [See related story.] An invitation was extended to Metropolitan Tikhon to attend the 200th Anniversary of the Malankara Church’s seminary in Kottayam, India in November 2015.

Source: [OCA]