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

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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. No.is: 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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St. George Malankara Orthodox Church Staten Island moved to new facility

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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

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Fr. Dr. Parackel Kuriakose Mathew Passes away in Canada

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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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His Holiness the Catholicos will inaugurate Golden Jubilee celebrations of Washington DC St. Thomas on this Sunday

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Washington DC: The yearlong Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church will be inaugurated on Sept, 28 by the Supreme Head of the church The Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan H.H Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II

HH The Catholicos and other Diocesan Metropolitan will be received to the Parish in a traditional welcoming ceremony. The festivities will begin with evening prayer on September 27 at 6pm led by His Holiness.

Holy Eucharist will begin on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 8.00 am. His Holiness the Catholicos will be the chief celebrant on the occasion.

The Golden Jubilee public meeting will commence at 12:00, presided by North East American Diocese Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos. His Holiness will officially inaugurate the golden jubilee of the church. Priests and other dignitaries from various walks of life will also join at the public meeting.

Golden Jubilee committee under the guidance of Vicar Fr. Dr. Johnson C. John is working diligently toward the success of this function.

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Church To Observe the 30th day of demise of Mar Barnabas in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA: The Northeast American Diocese will observe the 30th day of demise of its former Metropolitan LL Mar Barnabas on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia.

The observance will begin with Morning prayer at 9:00 a.m, followed by Holy Eucharist, a public meeting and lunch.

Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Prelate of the Arminian Orthodox Church in New York, Thomas Mar Eusebius, Syro-Malankara Catholic Exarchate in the United States, and Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius, Bishop of North America and Europe of the Mar Thoma Church will be the chief guests on the occasion.

The proposed project for a Counseling Center in memory of Mar Barnabas will be be announced by the Diocesan Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos at the public meeting.

The St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church is located at 1009 Unruh Avenue, PA 19111

” Elaborate arrangements are made to accommodate more than 1000 faithful at the function. Enough Parking will be available in the neighborhood with shuttle services from and to the front door of the church building. More than 100 volunteers will also be available to help all different areas of activity. ” said Fr. M.K. Kuriakose, the Diocesan Secretary.

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Metropolitan Mar Barnabas passes away


KOTTAYAM: The senior Metropolitan of the Holy Episcopal synod of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and Metropolitan emeritus of North-East American Diocese Mathews Mar Barnabas (88) passed away at Pushpagiri Hospital, Thiruvalla.

Metropolitan accepted the call from his Lord at 3.15am IST on Sunday December 9, 2012. The metropolitan was suffering under ailing advanced age and was leading retired life at Pothanpuram Dayara, Pampady-Kottayam.

The mortal remains will be taken to Pampady Dayara today (Sunday) at 10am

Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II reached the Pushpagiri Hospital at the reception of the news and offered special prayers for Metropolitan Mar Barnabas. The Catholicos also exhorted all the priests of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church to offer special prayers for the Metropolitan Mar Barnabas during Holy Qurbana on Sunday.

His body will be kept at the Potthenpura Dayara Chapel, in Pambady till Tuesday for the public to pay homage. On Tuesday mortal remauns will be taken to old seminary at 2 pm after which it will be brought to the Medical Mission Hospital in Kolenchery at 5pm. Thereafter the body will be taken to his home parish at St Peter’s and St Paul’s church, Valayanchirangara. The funeral will be held on Wednesday morning 10am. The mortal remains will be interred at a specially constructed crypt at St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Church on Wednesday after morning prayers.

Malankara Sabha will be observing mourning till Wednesday. All education institutions, including professional institutions, under its managementwill remain closed on Wednesday.

The metropolitan has been leading a retired life at the Mar Kuriakose Dayara, Pampady, after retiring as head of the North American diocese.

Mathews Mar Barnabas was born as one of a set of twins to Kuruvilla and Mariamma, a couple of the Kidangethu Thompra family in Kallarackaparampil house at Vengola, he had his higher education at Madras Christian College, Osmania University, and Serampore University. He was ordained as deacon in 1943 and priest in 1951.

Malankara Association held in 1977 elected Rev. Fr. K. K. Mathews as a metropolitan of the church. On May 15, 1978, H.H. Baselios Mar Thoma Mathews I consecrated him as bishop at Pazhanji Church, with the ecclesiastical title Mathews Mar Barnabas and appointed as assistant bishop of the Ankamali and Kottayam Dioceses.

He had served as auxiliary bishop of the Angamaly and the Kottayam dioceses before taking charge as the first metropolitan of the Idukki diocese.

In addition to his long stint as head of the American diocese, Mar Barnabas had functioned as manager of the Orthodox Corporate Management, among other responsibilities.

He did his intermediate studies at C.M.S. College, Kottayam, B.Sc. Degree course from Christian College Madras and M.Sc. degree from Osmania University.

He began Theological studies under the guidance of his uncle Rev. Fr. K. P. Paulose. In 1949 he joined the Orthodox Theological Seminary as a special student and studied Syriac for two years. While he was the vicar of the Calcutta parish, he studied in the Bishop’s College, Calcutta and earned his B. D. degree from the Serampore University, as an external student.

His Holiness Catholicos Baselios Geevarghese II ordained him as a deacon in 1943, at his home parish, St. Thomas Cheriapally, Thuruthipaly, Vengola. In 1951 Metropolitan Augen Mar Thimotheos (His Holiness Catholicos Baselios Augen I), ordained him to the holy priesthood.

In 1982 he was appointed as the metropolitan of the newly formed Idikki Diocese. In 1993, H.G. Mathews Mar Barnabas was appointed as the diocesan metropolitan of American Diocese.

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Participate in relief efforts: Mar Nicholovos


Blessings to Very Reverend Chor Episcopoi, Reverend Fathers, Reverend Deacons, and faithful of the Northeast American Diocese.

Dearly beloved,

We issue this Kalpana to offer our solidarity with all people who are suffering from the destruction Hurricane Sandy has left behind. The scenes of utter devastation as a result of this super storm are engrained in our hearts. Upon hearing of the chaotic situation, His Holiness the Catholicos personally called us, to express His Holiness’ concern and prayers for those in the path of the Hurricane.

It brought a sigh of relief for us, to know that none of our clergy or faithful was injured as a result of this storm. However, as reported to us, it brings us pain that our parish, St. George Orthodox Church of Staten Island, New York, sustained damage.

During these holy days of the Church as we celebrate the Feast of All Saints, the Feast of St. Gregorios of Parumala, and Kudosh Etho on Sunday, let us seek the intercession of the Saints that their prayers may strengthen us, and those who are suffering. Let us also look at this liturgical New Year, as a time to renew our calling as Christians, and to be vehicles of love, mercy, and charity to those who are suffering.

We request all the clergy and faithful of the Northeast American Diocese, to contribute generously to local charities that are providing relief to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

May the blessings and mercies of God Almighty be showered upon us all! Yours in our Lord,

Zachariah Nicholovos Metropolitan

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Sunday School, Annual diocesan level Talent Show on October 13 in Philadelphia


New York: Northeast American Diocese Sunday School, annual diocesan level Talent Show and Competitions will be held on October 13th Saturday at St. Thomas Indian orthodox church,Philadelphia.

Competitions will begin at 9 AM, and Talent Show will start at 3:00 PM.

For more details Please visit the Sunday school website

Talent Competition Coordinator: Mrs. Kiran Prakash (609) 721 3367
Talent Show Coordinator: Mrs. Nissi George (845) 664 4732
Sunday School Director; Fr .Dr. Raju Varghese (914) 426 2529,
Secretary: Mr. Benny Varghese (516) 603 3248;
Treasurer: Mr. Thomas George (516) 224 4024

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Catholicate Centenary was Celebrated in Toronto


TORONTO: Centenary of the establishment of the Catholicate in India was Celebrated jointly by the Malankara Orthodox parishes of Toronto.

A colorful rally was conducted prior to the public meeting.

Alexios Mar Eusebios, the Metropolitan of the Southwest American Diocese was the chief guest on the occasion.

Corepiscopos Lazarus Remban,Sabha Managing Committee member Fr. Daniel Pullelil, Fr Dr.PK Mathews , Rev Dr Thomas George and Fr David Daoud of the Coptic church spoke on the occasion.

Messages from HH the Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, the supreme head of the Church, Diocesan Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, The Prime Minister of Canada and the Premier of Ontariio and Fr Daniel Thomas were read out.

Variety programmes were staged by parishes.

St Gregorios Church Mississauga, St Gregorios Church Toronto, St Thomas Church Mississauga,St Stephens Church Scarborough and St Marys Church Scarborough jointly organised the event.

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Washington DC area Parishes jointly celebrated the Catholicate Centenary


WASHINGTON DC: To reflect upon the nationality of the Holy Church, autonomy, and its autocephaly, and to rejuvenate, the members of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area came together and jointly celebrated the centenary of the establishment of Catholicate in India, on September 23 at St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church of Greater Washington.

Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, the Metropolitan of the Northeast American Diocese was the Chief Guest on the occasion and inaugurated the Catholicate Centenary celebrations by lighting the lamp.

In his inaugural address, Metropolitan Mar Nicholovos reminded the majestic coming of St. Thomas into India for spreading the gospel, teachings of his Master, and converting many in to Christianity. His Grace reiterated the need to rise up to the occasion to support the Church and its establishments and gave a detailed history of the Catholicate in Malankara. He congratulated the faithful in the region on their continued commitment to upholding our Orthodox faith, the support for the Throne of the Catholicate, and the Diocese. He stated that this celebration shows the honor of our membership of a Church that is over 1960 years old; a historic event in the history of Christianity. The Metropolitan added that the establishment of the Catholicate of the East reflects international commitment of the Indian Malankara Orthodox Church, her autocephalous nature and proper insights on the mission of the Church.

Fr. Alexander Kurien, the former vicar of St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church of Greater Washington and a Senior Staff of the current President Obama Administration read the congratulatory felicitation from the Office of the President.

In his letter, the President recognized the leadership of the Metropolitan Mar Nicholovos and commended the faithful for the continued commitment to service and charities in the local communities.

Fr. K.P. Varghese read the official felicitation from His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, the eighth Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan since the establishment of the Catholicate in India in 1912.

Fr. M. K. Kuriakose, the Diocesan Secretary congratulated the members of all five churches and the committee members for coordinating this wonderful event.

State and local political representatives extended congratulations, citations, and felicitations for the event. The Choir under the lead by Laby George Panackamattom, vicar of St. Gregorios Church, added color to the event. Fr. George Mathew, the vicar of St. Mary’s Indian Orthodox Church of Virginia and Fr. Reji Chacko, the vicar of St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church participated in the celebrations. Prior to the public meeting, Holy Qurbana was celebrated.

A week-long celebration began with hoisting the Catholicate flag on Saturday September 15, 2012. More than 400 faithful members of the Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Syrian Churches in the region participated

Fr. K.P. Varghese, served as the President of the Catholicate Centenary Celebration Committee.