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St.John’s Orthodox of Delaware Valley moves to a new building

DELAWARE VALLY: St.John’s Indian Orthodox of Delaware Valley, Drexel Hill, PA has finally a church building of its own and added one more own facility to Northeast American diocese. The settlement of the new facility was completed on Tuesday, August 21, 2012.

St. John’s Orthodox Church was established November 2006 by the former Diocesan Metropolitan, the Valiya Thirumeni Mathews Barnabas and present diocesan metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos. Since then the congregation was worshipping in a chapel connected to the main Sanctuary of the Drexel Hill Baptist Church.

The newly bought property has. 1.25 acres of land and 22,400 Sq.ft of building, consist of main Sanctuary which could accommodate about 500 people, a Chapel which could accommodate about 100 people, a basement hall which could accommodate about 200 people and 10 large 8 small size class rooms in two levels, with enough car parking spaces.

The new church is easy accessible from NY, NJ, DE, MD and nearby cities. And located at – 4400 State Rd, Drexel Hill, PA-19026

Fr. Siby Varghese is the vicar of the Church

Reported by Ninan Poovathoor

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Feast Day Celebrations at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Staten Island, NY

STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK : St. Mary’s Orthodox Church of Staten Island, NY celebrates the Feast of their Patron Saint, Saint Mary, and church anniversary on August 17 and 18, 2012.

Fr. Dr. O. Thomas, a renowned convention speaker and Director of the Malankara Orthodox Church Sunday School Association, will be the chief celebrant on the occasion.

The Church is located at 130 Park Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10302


07:00 PM Evening Prayers
07:45 PM Devotional Address: Rev. Fr. Dr. O. Thomas

09:00 AM Morning Prayers
10:00 AM Holy Qurbana: Rev. Fr. Dr. O. Thomas
12:00 PM Raasa (Procession)
12:30 PM Nercha Vilambu

For more information,contact:
Rev. Fr. T.A. Thomas, Vicar – 732.766.3117
Lijo John, Coordinator – 908.208.8131
Jason Joseph, Coordinator – 646.207.3119

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Reported by: Jason Joseph

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Philadelphia OVBS sends $3000 to Puthuppady Bala Bhavan as their love gift

PHILADELPHIA: The Philadelphia Area Sunday Schools representing the six Indian Orthodox Churches of the Greater Philadelphia Area jointly conducted OVBS from August 2to 4, 2012 at St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church of Philadelphia.

This year, the Philadelphia OVBS had 258 registered students supported by 70 volunteers for 3 days of learning, fellowship, and fun

The theme of the OVBS 2012 was “We Are One in Christ”

Each day began with a general session for Morning Prayer and a devotional address. Thereafter, Philadelphia’s immensely talented MGOCSM music team led the children in action songs and a specially presented puppet show. The students were separated into 15 classes across 5 different grade levels led by at least 2 volunteer teachers per class. Enthusiastic volunteers also led the students in games as well as arts and crafts and a fully staffed kitchen provided Lenten foods for all participants.

The final day’s festivities included a moon bounce for the smaller children, fresh cotton candy, and the final talent show and cultural program. At the final cultural program, $3,000 raised over the course of the 3 days was given to St. Paul’s Bala Bhavan, Puthuppady, Kozhikode.

Steve Kurian and Ancy Abraham were the Philadelphia Area OVBS Coordinators- 2012

All 6 area parishes of Philadelphia area joined together to make their children a few memorable days in their life. Participating parishes included St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral (Vicar: Very Rev. Fr. Johnson Cor Episcopa, Asst. Vicar Rev. Fr. Aju Mathews), St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church (Vicar: Rev. Fr. M. K. Kuriakose, Asst. Vicar Rev. Fr. Gheevarghese John), St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Church (Vicar: Rev. Fr. Shibu V. Mathai), St. John’s Indian Orthodox Church (Vicar. Rev. Fr. Siby Kuriakose), St. Thomas Malankara Orthodox Church (Vicar: Rev. Fr. K.K. John) and St. Mary’s Orthodox Church (Vicar: Rev. Fr. K.M. Samuel).

Next year’s joint OVBS is scheduled for August 15th through 17th, 2013.

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Philadelphia Orthodox Renewal Convention on June 2

PHILADELPHIA: An Orthodox Renewal Convention, under the auspices of “Way of the Cross ministries” will be held on Saturday, June 2 from 9AM to 4PM at St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia.

“Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts” (Hebrews 4: 7) will be the theme of the convention.

Prayer and Worship, Powerful preaching renowned speakers, Confession, Sacramental Testimonials are the highlights of the renewal convention.

Fr. Maximus Urbanowicz, Evangelist and Missionary, Fr. Andrews Daniel (Leeson Achen), Vicar of St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church of Grater Washington, Br. Toby Manimalethu, Evangelist will be the speakers of the convention.

Fr. Gheevarghese John, the Asst. Vicar of St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia is the Director of the Way of the Cross ministries.

For more information contact:
Fr.M.K.Kuriakose: 201-681-1078
Fr. Gheevarghese John : 914-720-0136
Shibu Thomas: 215-527-1632
Jerin Juby: 215-478-1090

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Mar Severios at St. Thomas Orthodox Church of Damascus Today

WASHINGTON DC: Holy Episcopal Synod secretary Metropolitan Dr. Matthews Mar Severios will ccelebrate Holy Qurbana at St. Thomas Orthodox Church of Damascus, MD on Sunday April 29, 2012.

Fr. Reji Chacko is the vicar of the parish. The Church is located at 28201 Kemptown Road, Damascus, MD 20872, USA. Phone: (301) 570-3614

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MGOCSM North America released a Video on Saint George

“God raised you as His own gardener, O George,
for you have gathered for yourself the sheaves of virtue.”
Having sown in tears, you now reap with joy;
you shed your blood in combat and won Christ as your crown.
Through your intercessions, forgiveness of sins is granted to all.”

NEW YORK: The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church remembers St. George,a Roman soldier who slayed a dragon and who was later martyred for the faith, on April 23.

About St. George, a video has been released as part of the Faith Series prepared by MGOCSM North America, to learn more on the saint.

Narrator: Teji Abraham
Video Editor: Manoj Varghese


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St. John’s Church Orangeburg, NY hosts Volleyball Tornament

NEW YORK: St. John’s Orthodox Church of Orangeburg, New York is hosting a one-day volleyball tournament on June 23, 2012. The game will start at 9:30am at St. Lawrence Community Center, located at 115 Torne Valley Road, Hillburn, NY, 10931. The players have to Check-in with their ID at 8:30am.

This Tournament will be an opportunity for the Churches of India to have a unity day – associated with the popular Keralite sport of volleyball, hopes the organizers. The profit from the tournament will be utilized towards charitable contributions and the renovation of St. John’s Church, said another.

The volleyball tournament format will be: 6 on 6, Co-Ed games, Round-Robin then top 10 teams play for elimination playoffs.

Trophies for 1st and 2nd Place Winners will be distributed at the end of the tournament.

“6 players are needed to be on the court during the game, teams are allowed up to 12 players. This tournament is intended for the South-Indian Church teams. IDs and church membership will be checked” the organizers informed.

$40 Per Player will be the SIGN UP FEE to participate in the tournament. Max 12 players per team could be registered.

For Further information, contact Blessen Abraham – or visit for rules and regulations


Reported by: Mathew Kaduvettoor

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Family And Youth Conference 2012 Kicked Off in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA: The ‘kick off’ of the ‘2012 Family and Youth Conference of North East American Diocese’ took place at Philadelphia.

Metropolitan of the Diocese Zachariah Mar Nicholavos received the first registration from Chor-Episcopos Fr. C.J. Johnson. The function was held at the St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia on Saturday, April 14 at 4.00 pm.

Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholavos presided over the meeting. “Family Conference needs to bring about a change in the concepts on conveying faith to the people and this shall be achieved by internalizing the changes that this century tenders”, said Metropolitan Mar Nicholavos. “I see a great worth in Family Conference. It is out greatest movement that helps lead the younger generation that is vulnerable to change, in the true faith of the Church”, added the Metropolitan.

Chor-Episcopos Fr. C.J. Johnson made the introductory speech. Abraham Joshua, the Conference Secretary, briefed on the details.

This year’s Conference is based on the theme ‘Witness of Orthodoxy in the 21st Century’ and the Conference is to take place from July 11 through 14 at Honor’s Haven Resort, Ellenville (1195 Arrowhead Rd, NY 1242). Learned theologian Elizabeth Joy, is the main speaker for this year.

Separate sessions are planned for adults, youth, and children. There will be arts and sports events as well as discussions after evening prayers for and by the participants. More than 600 participants from 51 parishes are taking part in the scheduled Conference.

Fr. M.K. Kuriakose, Paul Mathai, and Asha Thomas, last year’s Conference Coordinators were present at the function. Fr. Ninan T. Easo, Fr. Babu Varghese, Fr. Aju Mathews, Secretary of MGOCSM Fr. Vijay Abraham Thomas, Fr. Sujith Thomas, Lay Trustee of the Diocese Roy Ennasseril, Dr. Philip George, Raju M. Varghese, Thomas Paul, Jacob Philip, Yohannan Sankarathil, Rajan Padiyara, and Sam Kurissummoottil have also graced the occasion.

Those, who wish to participate shall register their names as early as possible.

For more details contact
Chor-Episcopos Fr. C.J. Johnson (718- 646 1933).
Abraham Joshua, Conference Secretary (410- 245- 6100)

Honor’s Haven Resort
Conference center video

Photo by: Appu

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NE American Diocese conducting Liturgical Music workshop on April 28

NEW YORK: Northeast American Diocese is conducting a Liturgical Music workshop on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 2PM to 6PM at St. Gregorios Orthodox Church of Queens, New York. Fr. M. P. George, Director of SRUTHI School of Liturgical Music, will be the Direcetor for this workshop.Fr. M. P. George is an expert and master of liturgical music, especially within our West Syriac Liturgical Tradition.

There would be a nominal fee of $5 for each participant to cover necessary expenses of the workshop. The Church is located at 987 Elmont Road, North Valley Stream, New York.

“Maximum number of choir members from each parish are expected to to participate in the rare workshop. The anticipated wholehearted support for this workshop and of all our parishes in this workshop, would not only enhance our parish worship life, but also help educate and institute some proper and necessary guidelines in our liturgical worship. This will ensure a more heavenly and meditative liturgical worship services throughout our parishes, which will ultimately create a spiritual awakening in the life of our Diocese” said Mar Nicholovos in his Kalpana to all the parishes of the diocese.

“The heart and expression of our precious Orthodox Christian Faith is found in the liturgical worship of our Holy Church. We are grateful to find the talent and dedication of the liturgical choirs throughout almost all the parishes of the Diocese, who assist in the divine worship services. In order to promote a sense of unity, education, and etiquette when it comes to the liturgical worship services in all parishes of the Diocese, through this workshop” Mar Nicholovos added.

For more information you may contact Fr. Thomas Paul at (718) 470 9844 or Yesudasan Pappan Chor Episcopos, Vicar of the host parish at (718) 934 1636.

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Dn. Vijay Thomas To Be Ordained To The Holy Priesthood

NEW YORK: Dn. Vijay Abraham Thomas will be ordained to the Holy Priesthood on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church 130 Park Avenue Staten Island, New York, by the Diocesan Metropolitan, Zachariah Mar Nicholovos.

Deacon Vijay has tirelessly served as the MGOCSM Council member representing the New Jersey/Staten Island area, and is currently serving as the General Secretary to the MGOCSM of North America since 2009.

Deacon Vijay is a graduate of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, New York and a graduate of the liturgical studies program at Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam, Kerala, India and son of Fr.T.A Thomas