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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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Mar Eusebius meets H.H. Pope Tawadros II in Houston

Houston: HH Pope Tawadros II, the Pope of Alexandria and the Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, visited Houston on Monday during his tight pastoral tour.

Representing the Malankara Orthodox Church, Alexios Mar Eusebius, the Metropolitan of the Diocese of South-West America, Houston area Clergies and lay leaders attended the Houston met the Pope..

Pope Tawadros is the leader of the 16 million-member Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt. During the US tour HH will visit about 1 million believers in the United States of his dioceses.

The 62-year-old Tawadros, born Wagih Subhi Baqi Sulayman in the Egyptian city of Mansoura, was installed as the church’s 118th pope in 2012. Following its founding to the apostle St. Mark in the first century, the church split from the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches in 450 AD.

In 2013, Tawadros became the second Coptic pope to call a sitting Roman Catholic Bishop of Rome in the Vatican.

The Coptic pontiff offered a sermon and prayer service at Bellaire’s St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Houston.

The Coptic Orthodox Church and the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church are sister churches, belonging to the family of Oriental Orthodox Churches. The Coptic pontiff and Mar Eusebius exchanged gifts and talk about ecumenical cooperation among local parishes of the ancient churches.

Cor-episcopos Geevarghese Aroopala, Fr. Varghese Thomas, Fr. Mathews George Diocesan Council member, Diocesan PRO Yeldho Peter and other lay leaders joined the Metropolitan during the visit.

News sent in: Yeldho Peter

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Metropolitan Mar Eusebius to meet Coptic Pope Tawadros II

HOUSTON: The Pope of Coptic Orthodox Church, HH Tawadros II arrived in the United States on this Wednesday as part of a HH’s three week apostolic visit to the US.

During the visit, Pope Tawadros II will meet with the Coptic community, local leaders and the U.S. government and other religious leaders.
His Holiness Tawadros II, is the 118th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark in Egypt. On Monday, October 12, 2015 HH will be visiting Houston. During the visit, a meeting has been arranged for His Holiness from 10am-1pm at St. Mark’s Coptic Church, Houston.

Representing the Malankara Orthodox Church, Alexios Mar Eusebius, Metropolitan of the Diocese of South-West America will attend the meeting to express the Church of Malankara’s solidarity with the Coptic Church.

Houston area Clergies and lay leaders will also accompany the Metropolitan during the visit.

The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria is one among the most ancient Churches in the world, having been founded by Saint Mark the Apostle, the writer of the second gospel, in the first Century. The word ‘Coptic’ comes from the ancient Egyptian word ‘hekaptah’ meaning ‘Egypt’, and thus ‘Coptic’ merely means ‘Egyptian.’ As a conservative Church, the Coptic Church has carefully preserved the Orthodox Christian Faith in its earliest and purest form, handing it down from generation to generation, unaltered and true to the Apostolic doctrines and patterns of worship, comes under the Oriental Orthodox Churches.

News sent in by Yeldho Peter, PRO Diocese of South West America

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Jini Mathew Passed Away in Detroit

DETROIT: Jini Mathew (58), mother of Fr. Mathew T. Mathew (Shaun) had passed away on Sunday January 13th at Detroit

The funeral was held on Wednesday, January 16th at Guardian Angel Cemetery, Rochester, MI after the Holy Qurbana and funeral services at St. Thomas Orthodox Church.

Southwest American Diocesan Metropolitan Alexios Mar Eusebius led the funeral services.

Viewing was conducted on Tuesday, January 15 at St. Thomas Orthodox Church of India.

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Dallas parishes jointly observed the 30th day of the demise of Mar Barnabas

DALLAS: The thirtieth day commemoration of LL Mathews Mar Barnabas was celebrated by all of the Orthodox churches in Dallas at St. Mary’s Orthodox valiyapalli, Farmers Branch on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

Kuriakose Mar Clemis, Metropolitan of Thumpamon diocese, was the chief celebrant for the Holy Qurbana. All other priests of the area were co-celebrants with the Metropolitan.

Thereafter, a public meeting was held in memory of LL Metropolitan Mathews Mar Barnabas. Metropolitan Kuriakose Mar Clemis presided over the function.

Fr. Rage Mathew gave the condolence message for the Dallas clergy association and Fr. Matt Alexander gave the condolence message for the Dallas youth organizations. Thomas Rajan (Sabha managing committee member), and Elson Samuel (diocesan council member) gave condolence messages as well.

Fr. John Kunnathusseril welcomed the gathering and Fr. Raju M. Daniel proposed vote of thanks.
Nercha and Adiyantharam Sadhya was served to all those who attended. A slide show presentation of Barnabas Thirumeni was shown in the auditorium.

The faithful from all the Orthodox parishes in the Dallas area participated in this event

News Reported by: Aby John

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San Antonio St. Mary’s Church moved to their own building

TEXAS: San Antonio St. Mary’s Indian Orthodox Church had purchased a property and building at 4990 View Drive San Antonio, Texas 78228. on Dec 28 2012.

This is truly a Gift from Heaven, said the vicar Fr. V. C Varghese after the holy Qurbana on Sunday congratulating the members for their accomplishments.

The members of this parish are thankful to the Diocesan bishop, Alexios Mar Eusebius of SW Diocese of America, for elevating the St. Mary’s church to a full-fledged parish in Dec 2011.

“We feel that our Bishop’s blessings and the guidance of vicar, joint effort from dedicated members and generous financial assistance helped us to buy the new church property in such a short period of time”, said one of the parishioner.

Vicar also appreciated two families who came forward to sign as guarantors for Bank loan.

The “SM Investments'” board of directors for their leadership had renovated the facility (over 3000 sq ft) and made the facility available for church use free of charge.

New Year service will be conducted on 31-Dec at 6:00PM with Evening Prayer followed by Holy Qurbana and New Year Meditation. Fr. Dr. V. C Varghese will be the chief celebrant on the occasion. Children’s’ Program will be concluded at mid-night

For more information contact St. Mary’s Indian Orthodox Church: (210) 573 8856
Or Vicar: Fr. Dr. V. C. Varghese Ph #: (281) 980-1658 or (832) 766-2996

News reported by: Thomas Koshy Poovathoor

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St. Paul’s Orthodox Church of Greater Orlando Condoled

ORLANDO, FLORIDA: General Body meeting of St. Paul’s Orthodox Church of Greater Orlando, Florida, held on Sunday, August 5, after Holy Qurbana condoled at the untimely demise of the first Metropolitan of Mavelikkara Diocese, H.G. Paulose Mar Pachomios.

“Paulose Achen was a very learned man and he had a strong command on the Holy Bible. I learned a lot on personal piety and attentive devotion on the Word of God from Paulose Achen, while I was under his wings at Bethany Boarding School. I am indebted a lot to him for the discipline and success in my life’, said Shino Joy Thomas, a former student of Mar Pachomios at St. John’s Bethany English School, Kunnamkulam, before reading out the motion of condolence.

The General Body meeting observed a minute of silence in honor of the departed Metropolitan and offered prayers for the shepherd from Bethany Ashram, Perinaadu, Ranni. Fr. Dr. Jacob Mathew, the Vicar, presided over the meeting.

Reported by: Shaji Chandy Ezhakunnel

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A Malayalee from California receives Award in television broadcasting

LOS ANGELES: Jobin Panicker of Los Angeles, California won an Emmy® Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Jobin is a television reporter and anchor for NBC in Fresno, California. He won in the area of writing and he has been honored with seven television awards dating back to 2010.

Jobin Panicker, son of Fr. Yohannan Panicker (Mecherayil Veedu, Kundara) and late Lilly Panicker. Jobin is married to Jenni Panicker.

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Dr Mar Yulios US, Canada visit to focus on inter-religious dialogue

CHICAGO, Illinois: Ahmedabad Diocese Metropolitan Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios embarks on a month-long visit to United States and Canada from May 24.

The visit will be the second this year coming in after four months since his previous visit in March this year. The previous visit covered Houston, Texas, Chicago and New York where the Metropolitan delivered lectures, seminars and was the chief celebrant and guest for the NE American Diocesan Catholicate Centenary celebrations at the New York Orthodox Church.

During the present visit, Dr Mar Yulios will reach Chicago on Friday and lead a baptism and also a funeral service at the St Gregorios Orthodox Church, Oak Park, Illinois. Oak Park is the favourite spot for the Metropolitan since it was here His Grace had served as a Vicar.

On May 26, His Grace moves to St Gregorios Orthodox Church, Detroit, for the service of the Festival of Pentecost. The visit also conducts Holy Eucharist, classes for various spiritual, religious organizations, conduct seminars and promote inter-religious dialogue.

The present visit will also see the Metropolitan visiting Canada for the first time after his ordination as a Bishop. His Grace will visit St Gregorios Church and St Gregorios congregation, which are two different places of worship. St Gregorios Orthodox Church of Toronto is part of the Northeast American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.

Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios is expected to return back to Diocesan HQ by July 1st.

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Dr Mar Yulios Begins Pastoral Visit To US; To Lead Lenten Retreat Sessions

Houston: HG Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Ahmedabad Diocese Metropolitan, has begun a 17-day pastoral visit to the United States which will take him to three states of Houston, Chicago and New York. This will be the Metropolitan’s third visit to the United States after his consecration as a Bishop.

At the St Thomas Orthodox Church of India, Houston, Dr Mar Yulios will lead the parish day and convention. He will be preaching at the sessions and Lenten conventions. Way back in 2005, the same convention was started by the Metropolitan and the tradition continues.

In Chicago, Illinois, the Metropolitan will conduct a Lenten retreat season for all the four parishes under the Diocese of South-West America in the city.

His Grace will be visiting Orthodox parishes in Chicago namely, St Gregorios Orthodox Church, (Oak Park), St Gregorios Orthodox Church, (Bellwood), St Mary’s Orthodox Church, and St Thomas Orthodox Church.
At New York, Dr Mar Yulios will be the retreat leader for the North East Diocesan priest meeting on March 24. His Grace will also be the chief celebrant and guest for the NE American Diocesan Catholicate Centenary celebrations on March 25, Sunday.

During the course of his visit, His Grace will be addressing sessions during the next few days before returning back to India on March 25 night.

His Grace will arrive in Kerala for the maiden meeting of the Managing Committee of the Malankara Association which will meet after the election of new members on March 28, Wednesday.