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90th Anniversary Celebrations of St Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, Ernakulam inaugurated

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KOCHI: St Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, Ernakulam, is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. The ‘Navathy Celebration’ was inaugurated by Catholicos of the East Moran Mar Baselios Mar Thoma Paulose-II at the Cathedral on Sunday April 3, 2016

Jiji Thompson, former Chief Secretary to the government of Kerala and Rose Varghese, Vice-Chancellor of the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, spoke on the occasion.

The history of the Church can be traced back to 1922, when early migrants and settlers led by visionaries P V Philip Vakil, Rao Sahib, P K Varghese, M T Varkey and M A Chacko purchased 28 cents of land near the boat jetty.

“A hall was constructed at the southern side of the land, to be used as church. On October 6, 1926, the provisional church was consecrated by Fr Geevarghese Murimattathil, vicar of the Ayyampilly Church, with the assistance of Fr M P Pathrose Mookencheril (the late Pathrose Mar Osthathios) and Fr Jacob Mureekal who served as the first vicar of the St Mary’s Orthodox Church,” stated an official release.

As the parish grew, it was decided to build a bigger church. St Mary’s Church was elevated to the status of Cathedral in 2001 by the then Catholicos of the East.

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Former Managing Committee Member Joshua Philip passes away in Hyderabad

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HYDERABAD: Former member of Malankara Sabha Managing Committee and Retd. VST employee Joshua Philip (90) passed away on Feb. 29 at early hours/Hyderabad.

His wife late Kujamma, Puthanpurayil Karipuza Mavelikkara and son Philip Jousha, Daughter Elizabeth (Kuwait). In-laws Annie Philip and Thomas.

He was the son of Late Rev. Fr. PJ. Philipose Poovathoor house, Chengannur. He is one of the founder member of Orthodox services in Hyderabad and St. Andrews Church Society, Secunderabad.

Funeral service on Tuesday March 1 at 10.30 am at St. Gregorious Orthodox Cathedral and funeral at No.12 Garison Cemetery/Trimulgery , Secunerabad at 11.30 am.

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E.M. Baby (Kattanam), passes away in Ghaziabad

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GAZIABAD: E.M. Baby ( Kattanam), Member of Ghaziabad StThomas Orthodox Parish, who met with an accident this Sunday afternoon, passed away yesterday 28 Feb’16).

Viewing and funeral Service will be conducted at Church. Burial will be held on Wednesday at his Home Parish: St. Stephens Orthodox Church, Kattanam,Alappuzha, Kerala.

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Dr T. Pathrose Mathai passes away in Vellore

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KOTTAYAM: Chalukunnu Mazhavanchery Madatlnl Dr T. Pathrose Mathai (76), a well-known nephrologist, has passed away in Vellore. His body will be brought home at 8am tomorrow. After prayers at apm at home, his body will be buried at 3pm in Kottnyarn Puthan Palli under the leadership of the Catholicos, His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Paulose II.

Dr Mathai, who earned an MD from PG Institute of Medical Sciences in Chandigarh in 1967, started his service at Christian Medical College, Vellore. He was instrumental in establishing the first dialysis unit at Vellore. Also, he played a major role in establishing the first dialysis unit in Kerala at Caritas Hospit al in 1971.

He has served in Kangazha MGD1I, Karipal in Kalathipady and Kottayam Cheriyapalli Hospital and in Sandi Arabia. Dr Mathai’s research was mainly into damage caused by snakebites on kidneys. He is one of the founders of the Indian Society of Nephrology, He has received the president’s honour for eminent nephrologist from A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

Late Cherat Puthusseri Muttepadathil Sobha Mathai is his wife. His children are: Dr Smitha Mathai (pathologist, a IC Vellore); Dr Sona Mathai (paediatrician, Sheffield, UK); and Dr Saritha Mathai (ophthalmologist, Binningham, UK).

Source: onmanorama.com

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Mar Eusebius the Chief Celebrant for Passion week Service at Dadar Cathedral

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MUMBAI: Alexios Mar Eusebius, the Diocesan Metropolitan of South West America will lead the Passion week and Easter service at St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, Dadar, Mumbai.

The Metropolitan had arrived at Dadar cathedral on March 28 and was welcomed by the Vicar Fr P C Thomas, Asst. Vicar Fr Kurian Baby, committee members and members of the Youth Movement.

After the evening prayer, the Metropolitan spend some time with church senior members while preparing the cross by the palm leaves for hosanna service.

On March 29 Sunday the morning prayer will start by 6:30 am followed by Holy Qurbana and Hosanna Service.

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New Zealand’s new Orthodox Church is consecrated and named Saint Dionysius

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand: St Dionysius Indian Orthodox Church (SDIOC), the first Indian Orthodox Church, for the faithful of Auckland was consecrated on February 13, 14, 2015. Named after Saint Dionysius of Vattasseril (1858-1934), who was the Malankara Metropolitan (primate) of the Indian Orthodox Church, Vattasseril Geevarghese Mar Dionysius was also popularly known as ‘The Great Luminary’ a title which the Church bestowed on him in recognition of his contribution to Malankara Church. The new church brings together people with common interest for the community’s benefit and for the New Zealand society.

A large number of faithful attended the two-day consecration services and the public function that followed with attendance from Fr Bishoy Mekhaiel of St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church and Assyrian Fr Aprem Pithyou of the Ancient Church of the East in Strathmore, Wellington. Faithful from the Oriental Orthodox churches of Ethiopia, Eritrea and Syria also attended.

St Dionysius Indian Orthodox Church under Madras Diocese was consecrated from the blessed hands of three Bishops led by Metropolitans Dr.Yakoob Mar Irenios from Kochi Diocese, Dr. Yuhanon Mar Dioscoros from Chennai Diocese and Yuhanon Mar Polycarpos from Angamaly Diocese.

For Vicar Fr Biju Mathai Pulickal the consecration was a dream come true for the church who requested the prayerful presence of the faithful in large numbers during the occasion.
The ceremony also saw participation of a large number of clergy who were involved with the church during its earlier days.

They included Philip Thomas Cor Episcpa, Vicar, St Mary’s Cathedral, Kuala Lumpur, former Vicar Fr Shinu K Thomas, Vicar, St Mary’s Cathedral, Melbourne, Fr Thomas Varghese, Vicar, St Thomas Cathedral, Sydney, former Vicar of Auckland Church and present Vicar of St Gregorios Church, Mathikere, Bengaluru, Fr Varghese P Idichandy.

The consecration service was done in two parts on February 13 and 14. On the first day a reception was held for the three visiting Metropolitans followed by morning prayers and Holy Eucharist on the second day which culminated in a public meeting to mark the occasion.

Fr Biju Mathai, Vicar, says the “building stands as an ever-present image of the Church, where the Holy Trinity is worshiped in spirit and truth. It is a holy space to gather and hear the word of God, to offer intercession, praise, happiness and pains of their daily lives, and to celebrate the sacraments through which we are nourished and strengthened as God’s people.”

The Vicar notes that the events mark a lifetime achievement moment for the faithful which will be cherished through generations.

For the history, the office bearers and various committees who worked for building the new church include Fr Biju Mathew, Vicar, E M Jacob, Trustee, Oommen Philip, Secretary, John Varghese, Building Committee General Convener and Philip Ayyamplackal, Consecration Committee General Convener.

Mementoes were presented to Fr Bishoy Mekhaiel, Assyrian Fr Aprem Pithyou, Bishop Randerson, New Zealand member of Labour Party, Philip Stoner Twyford, Mother Wendy, representative of Eritrean Orthodox Church, Philip Kuruvilla from Marthoma Church, Baby Kuriakose from St Peter’s SJOCC and to the builder, Thomas Philip by the Metropolitans’ Mar Irenios, Mar Dioscoros and Mar Polycarpos.

Orthodox clergymen Philip Thomas Cor Episcopa, Fr Biju Mathai Fr V P Indichandy, were also presented mementoes and also to K N Varghese, Saji Pappen. The church committee also brought out a colourful souvenir to mark the occasion.

The address of the new church is: 55 Keeling Road, Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand. Email: vicar@sdioc.org, Tel +09-9485215 Mobile: +027 5814215, 021-0535882

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Consecration of Auckland St Dionysius Orthodox Church on Feb 13, 14

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AUCKLAND: The first Indian Orthodox Church for the faithful of Auckland, New Zealand, is being consecrated on February 13, 14, 2015.

The St Dionysius Indian Orthodox Church under Madras Diocese will be consecrated from the blessed hands of three Metropolitans. The ceremony will be led by Dr. Yakoob Mar Irenios, Metropolitan of Kochi Diocese, Dr. Yuhanon Mar Dioscoros, Metropolitan of Chennai Diocese and Yuhanon Mar Policarpos, Metropolitan of Angamaly Diocese.

The Church is being named after St Geevarghese Mar Dionysius of Vattasseril (1858-1934), who was the Malankara Metropolitan (primate) of the Indian Orthodox Church. Vattasseril Geevarghese Mar Dionysius also popularly known as ‘Malankara Sabha Bhaasuran’, a title which the Church bestowed on him in recognition of his contribution to Malankara Church.
Vicar Fr Biju Mathai Pulickal has requested the prayerful presence of the faithful in large numbers during the occasion.

The event will also the participation of a large number of clergy who were involved with the church earlier. They include Philip Thomas Cor Episcpa, Vicar, St Mary’s Cathedral, Kuala Lumpur, former Vicar Fr Shinu K Thomas, Vicar, St Mary’s Cathedral, Melbourne, Fr Thomas Varghese, Vicar, St Thomas Cathedral, Sydney, former Vicar Fr Varghese P Idichandy, presently Vicar, StGregorios Church, Mathikere, Bengaluru.

On the occasion, Fr Biju Mathai Pulickal, Vicar, says the “building stands as an ever-present image of the Church, where the Holy Trinity is worshiped in spirit and in truth. It is a holy space to gather and hear the word of God, to offer intercession and praise, to offer happiness and pains of their daily lives, and to celebrate the sacraments through which we are nourished and strengthened as God’s people.”

The Vicar notes that the events marks a life time achievement moment for the faithful which will be cherished through generations.

The office bearers and various committees which worked for building the new church include: Fr Biju Mathew, Vicar, E M Jacob, Trusttee, Oommen Philip, Secretary, John Varghese, Building Committee General Convener and Philip Ayyamplackal, Consecration Committee General Convener.

The new church is located at: 55 Keeling Road, Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand. Tel +09-9485215 Mobile: +027 5814215, 021-0535882

The live streaming of the event can be followed here

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Plastic surgeon Dr Chona Thomas featured in Oman Daily Observer

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MUSCAT: Oman’s leading plastic surgeon Dr Chona Thomas was featured in the Oman’s national newspaper, Oman Daily Observer in its Feature pages on July 13, 2014.

Dr Thomas was the first president of the Eastern Episcopal Churches and St Thomas Church in Oman (Ruwi Church, Muscat Mar Gregorios Maha Edavaka), which is a joint venture between the Indian Orthodox Church and the Marthoma Church, a unique ecumenical landmark in the history of Christian churches. He was thus the coordinator of the tripartite agreement of the Church Construction Committee.

Written by Liju Cherian, the feature profiles the Dr Thomas along with his views on the vast demand in the Sultanate for reconstructive surgeries in congenital anomalies such as cleft lips and palate, hypospadias, surgery for hand injuries and deformities. This is more so for cranio-facial surgery for craniofacial injuries involving Road Traffic Accidents (RTA) and other deformities. This is the view expressed by renowned plastic surgeon Dr Chona Thomas, and a pioneer in his field for following a non-synthetic approach to plastic surgery.

Shanta Thomas is his wife and they have two sons who are also doctors. Dr Tenny John Thomas, is an emergency physician in Boston with his wife, Sheena, a Certified Public Accountant and their daughter Lea. The youngest is Dr Tejjy Mathew Thomas, an orthodontist with his wife, Meera, an architect cum interior designer.

Dr Chona Thomas was honoured by Jaihind Television in 2011.

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Raipur St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church Perunal

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RAIPUR: The feast of Assumption of St. Mary, the Mother of Our God and the Patron Saint of Raipur, St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church will be celebrated from 10 to 17 of August 2014.

Fr. Dr. Geevarghese K. (Professor, STOTS Nagpur), Fr. P. A. Philip (Director, Ministry of Human Empowerment MOC) and Fr. Mathew Skariah (Manager, Makkodiya Mission) are the chief celebrants for the Perunal services.

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Anniversary celeberations of St. Gregorios congregation- Riyadh

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RIYADH: Anniversary celebrations of st. Gregorios Sunday school & congregation, Riyadh was conducted on 8 February 2013 Friday.

After the service, the program commenced with the prayer song by Sunday school students.

Various programs by the children and congregation members were staged on the occasion. Single song, group song, single dance, group dance, action song, Margam kali, Sangeetha shilpam, Katha prasangam, instrumental music, bible reading and skits based on, bible stories and social and moral values, were the highlights of the program.

The prizes were given away by Saji Varghese, Laji Joseph, Sabu Skaria, Rosy Jacob and Swapna Rijan. Reji Thomas, Saji Varghese, Sabu Yohannan and Sonia Stephen delivered felicitation speeches.

Saji Zacharia welcomed the gathering and Saji Thankachen proposed vote of thanks.

Benny Paul, Vinod Koshy, Joby Mathew, Jiju P Stephen, Sanju P, Sony Sam, Sunny Ninan, Sony George, Beena Vinod and Annamma Roshan gave leadership for the program.

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