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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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Indian Orthodox Church Supreme Head Visits New Zealand

AUCKLAND: The prelate of the Indian Orthodox Church, Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Paulose II was on a maiden visit to New Zealand from November 10 to 14, 2015.

I was with the parishioners of St Dionysius Indian Orthodox Church in Auckland and many others to welcome the Holy Father as he landed at Auckland Airport on November 10.

The Diocesan Metropolitan, His Grace Dr Yuhanon Mar Diascoros arrived later aboard a delayed flight.

Wellington Welcomes

The Holy Father and Mar Diascoros were in Wellington on November 11 to attend the Holy Eucharist held at the Assyrian Church of St George. Mar Diascoros celebrated the service in the presence of His Holiness.

This followed with a welcome meeting where many dignitaries including Attorney General Christopher Finlayson participated. His Eminence Amphilochios Metropolitan of the Greek Orthodox Church, Rev Richard Randerson, Retired Bishop of the Anglican Church and Fr Aprem Pithyou of the Assyrian Church, Clergies from the Catholic, Coptic Orthodox, Serbian Orthodox and Russian Orthodox offered felicitations.

Hamilton Happenings

The Holy Father and Mar Diascoros arrived in Hamilton on November 12. The faithful of the St Gergorios Indian Orthodox Church accorded a traditional welcome. The feast of the patron Saint Gregorios was held in the evening.

A torch lit from the first Indian Orthodox Church in New Zealand, named after the sacred memory of the illuminator of the church, St Dionysius was brought by a group of parishioners from Auckland.

Evening prayers followed and the Holy Eucharist was celebrated by Mar Diascoros in the presence of His Holiness. After the benediction, a public meeting was held to greet the visiting primate.

The Anglican Bishop of Waikato, Rt Rev Dr Helen-Ann Hartley was present at the Feast and spoke at the meeting.

Auckland Calling

The Holy Father was in Auckland on Friday, November 13 and visited the Church at 55 Keeling Road, Henderson where the Indian Orthodox Church owned the first property in New Zealand. The church members and local MP Phil Twyford were present to receive the Holy Father. Children with lighted candles, youth throwing flowers on the walkway, ornamental umbrellas, firecrackers, illuminations etc. all added flavour to the event.

The Auckland Parish also celebrated the Feast of St Gregorios. His Holiness celebrated the Holy Eucharist at the newly built Church, which was consecrated early this year.

The Eucharist was followed with a public meeting where clergy and faithful from the Coptic, Syrian, Catholic & Marthoma churches also participated.

The Diocesan Bishop chaired the meeting. Mr Twyford, priests from the Coptic, Catholic and Marthoma Churches felicitated His Holiness, who addressed, blessed the gathering and distributed gifts to the dignitaries.

Later, His Holiness consecrated the first cross shrine in the Pacific Region dedicated in the memory of The Holy Theotokos, in front of the Church.

After the benediction and love feast, His Holiness planted a New Zealand fern sapling at the church premises in memory of the historic visit.

Faithful gathered in large numbers to meet and seek the blessings of His Holiness.

The contingent then left for the next leg of this visit to Sydney on November 14.

The Diocesan Metropolitan Dr Yuhanon Mar Diascoros and I accompanied His Holiness throughout the visit.

In retrospection, the maiden Apostolic visit of His Holiness was rejoicing for the faithful in NZ who were privileged to view the radiance of the Holy Father’s countenance.



News : Fr Anup Joseph Eapen

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Sunday school Sangamam 2015 to be held on Sept. 26, at Bristol, U K

BRISTOL: The 2nd Sunday School Sangamam and 3rd Diocesan Talent Competition of the UK, Europe and Africa Diocese will be held on Saturday, 26th September 2015 at Bristol.

Diocesan Metropolitan Dr. Mathews Mar Themotheos will preside over the function. . Alexios Mar Eusebios, President of Outside India Region (OSSAE-OIR) and Diocesan Metropolitan of Southwest America will be the chief guest on the occasion.

The event will be conducted at Greenway Community Centre Auditorium hosted by St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Bristol.
The Sunday school children with first and second places at North, Central and South zones will be participating at Solo song, Group song and Elocution competitions which will begins in the morning. The Diocesan level competition will be the culmination of Talent Competitions of 2015.

Sunday School Sangamam will be held in the afternoon which will be attended by all priests, Sunday school teachers, and Sunday school children with their parents from 23 Churches and Congregations across United Kingdom. The event will be a historic gathering attended by around 600 people across the length and breadth of UK.
During the public meeting, senior Sunday school teachers over 60 years will be felicitated and honored. Later, cultural program will be performed by various Sunday school children followed by prize distribution. The individual Church which achieves maximum points at the talent competition will be awarded with Mar Makarios Memorial Ever-rolling Trophy.

A central committee of the Sunday School of UK region led by Fr. Varghese Mathew, Vice President of OSSAE-UK, Dr. Susil George Stephen, Director of OSSAE-UK, Simon Chacko, Secretary of OSSAE-UK, Baiju John, Treasurer of OSSAE-UK, Viji Syria, Talent Competition Co-ordinator of OSSAE-UK, Sunil Koshy, North District Inspector, Omana Varghese, Central District Inspector, Shini Joseph, South District Inspector and a local committee under the leadership of Fr. Mathew Abraham, Vicar of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Bristol, Dilip Thomas, Head Teacher of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church Bristol along with Managing Committee and various Church members of St. Mary’s Indian Orthodox Church work as team for the success of the event.


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St. Thomas Church Sunderland celebrates Parish Day

Sunderland, North East: St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church will be celebrating the Parish Day and the memorial feast of its first Metropolitan LL Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios on February 2, 2013.

The Holy Qurbana would begin at 10am at St. Joseph’s Church Millfield, SR4 6HP, Sunderland and followed by Rasa. Fr Happy Jacob (Vicar) will be the chief celebrant. Bishop Antony of Coptic Orthodox Church will also be attending the Holy Qurbana.

Afternoon program will begin with Love feast at 1pm and continue with a Cultural Show at 3:00PM. St Aidan’s Catholic School Hall, SR2 7HJ Sunderland will be the venue for the cultural show.

Right Revd Seamus Cunningham, the Catholic Bishop of Hexham & Newcastle will inaugurate the Public meeting. Mayor of Sunder Cllr Ian Kay, Cllr Bob Price, Cllr Lynda Scanian and Mrs. Babara & Cedric Sharp Will be the chief guests of the event. Sunday School Students, youths and adults will perform at the cultural show.

For further information contact: Reji Thomas Kottarakara (Convenor) 07962200998, Paulose C Ninan (Secretary ) 07853286106 and Sabu Kadavanthanam (Trustee) 07859833078.

Reported by: Reji Thomas Kottarakara

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Mike Penning MP attended the inauguration of St Thomas Orthodox Church, UK

LONDON: Local MP, Mike Penning attended the inauguration of St Thomas Indian Orthodox Church in St Agnell’s Lane.

The consecration was led by Dr. Mathews Mar Timotheos, Bishop of the Indian Orthodox Diocese of Europe & Africa and assisted by bishops and priests from the Oriental Orthodox family.

The church has been partially rebuilt in traditional architecture and is the second church owned by Malankara Orthodox Church in the UK.

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Mar Thimothios appoints Elizabeth Joy as Dy. Secretary, Desk of Spiritual Organisations in UK

# Indian (Malankara) Orthodox Church makes path-breaking decision
# Appointment seen as another major step towards empowerment of women
#Dr Mar Thimothios says Mrs Elizabeth’s rich contributions will be a blessing to Indian Orthodox, global ecumenical bodies
# An exceptional leader, she is widely recognised as ‘role model’ in her Diocese
#To play an effective role for Indian Orthodox in diverse ecumenical bodies
#Supportive and enhanced functioning of the office of Diocesan Regional Secretary

BROCKLEY, London : Dr Mathews Mar Thimothios, Diocese Metropolitan of UK-Europe and Africa, has appointed Mrs Elizabeth Joy (Kochamma) as the new Deputy Secretary for Ecumenical Relations and Spiritual Organisations at the UK regional Level of the UK-Europe and Africa Diocese of Indian (Malankara) Orthodox Church.

In a Bull No 29/GEN/2012 dated August 23, 2012, addressed to Mrs Elizabeth Joy, Dr Mar Thimothios notes that the past ecumenical exposures of Mrs Elizabeth will enable to make innovative changes and better functioning of the office of the Diocesan Regional Secretary.

As Deputy Secretary, the Kalpana notes, Mrs Elizabeth in her role will make ‘timely efforts’ in seeking effective roles to play for the church, in diverse ecumenical bodies within the UK wherein she will liaise with the respective priest-in-charge and keep track for the progress and programme of the organisation.

Dr Mar Thimothios hopes that with her rich experiences of working with many ecumenical organisations will foster ecumenical relations and enable our parishes in UK to be actively engaged in ecumenical witness that mutually enrich the relationship of our Church as well as those beyond the Malankara Orthodox Church.

Reacting to her appointment, Mrs Elizabeth says: “I am very proud that the Church has taken this step. We need to work hard and prove that women can be a blessing to the Church as we are given greater responsibilities. I hope and pray that many more women will be recognised for their skills and talents to take up positions like this in our Church. I am also glad that our Church is taking these initiatives in this century and hope and pray that I will be able to deliver my best.”

Mrs Elizabeth is proudly recognised as a ‘role model’ by people in her own Diocese and stands out remarkably as an exceptional leader.
Prior to her UK experience, Mrs Elizabeth served as the General Secretary of the Student Christian Movement of India (SCMI), the only woman in its 100-year history.

Mrs Elizabeth brings with her a wealth of experience and has served the Council for World Mission – a global community of Churches as the Executive Secretary for Mission Education for eight years. In this capacity she travelled around the world and liaised with many ecumenical organisations such as the World Council of Churches (WCC), Lutheran World Federation (LWF), World Alliance of Reformed Churches now known as WCRC – World Communion of Reformed Churches, World Student Christian Federation (WSCF), United Evangelical Mission, (UEM), Community of Protestant Churches in Mission (CEVAA), Caribbean and North American Council for Mission (CANACOM), Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA), Christian Aid (CA), World Alliance for Christian Communication (WACC), and a host of churches from diverse denominations.

Mrs Elizabeth’s work with the youth, children, building communities of women and men in mission and with the church leadership around the world will make her an ideal person to take up the role assigned to her.

Recently both North East American Diocese and the UK Diocese utilised her services for the Family Conference 2012 in New York by being part of the resource team.

She is the spouse of Fr Niravil George Joy, Vicar of St Thomas’ Indian Orthodox Church in Hemel Hempstead (consecrated recently) and the former Secretary of UK Diocese. They have two children in Sudarshan Thomas Joy and Deepthi Rachel Joy.

Mrs Elizabeth is currently working towards her PhD at King’s College, London on a part time basis and also teaches few courses there and heads a mission initiative called Meora World Mission.

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Catholicate Centenary celebrated in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA: St Thomas Orthodox Congregation in Mthatha, South Africa, celebrated the Catholicate Centenary on 18 Aug 2012.

Dr George Thomas, The Managing Committee Member delivered the centenary speech. V Mammen, M Thomas and Binoy Abraham spoke on the occasion. The celebrations concluded with a gala dinner

Reported by: Varghese Mammen

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South African Family Confererence 2012 Cancelled

SOUTH AFRICA: St Thomas orthodox Church, South Eastern Region, South Africa that the Family Conference scheduled for 23 to 25th September 2012 is cancelled due to some unavoidable technical problems, informed Dr George Thomas, Trustee.

The new date will be announced in due course, the Trustee added.

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Family Conference and Catholicate Centenary Extravaganza in UK

STAFFORDSHIRE: Family Conference 2012 UK will be one of the proudest moments for the Indian orthodox Christians in the Uk when they celebrate the Catholicate centenary year in a unique way and reaffirm their allegiance to his holiness Catholicos.

The family Conference will be held on the weekend 24 to 26th of August 2012 at Whitemoor Lakes Conference Centre, Staffordshire, UK. under the patronage of the Diocesan Metropoiltian, Dr.Mathews Mar Thimothios

The program named Archana –meaning Offering will include traditional and Contemporary Christian performing art propagating Christian themes and prayers to the accompaniment of traditional and modern music style and arrangements. The programs are indigenously developed and would include various adaptations from sacred Indian dance culture with Christian themes. The program will conclude with a grand Catholicate Centenary extravaganza. “It would be a splendid tribute to our fore fathers in this centenary year and would be rich in quality and diversity” said the Art and programme director Dr.Thomas Jacob (remmy). All the preparations are well under way with practice sessions for the celebrations and Choir progressing well at multiple sites.

We are all set to go, said Fr. M. K. Kuriakose, vicar of St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia, who is the keynote speaker. Fr. M. K. Kuriakose is leading a team of 8 vibrant speakers who are Fr. Mat Alexander. Miss. Mariam Ceena Varghese, Fr. Vijay Abraham, Mrs. Elizabeth Joy, Fr. Abraham Thomas. Very Rev.M.S.Skariah Ramban and Dr.Manoj Kurian(WCC).

Around 350 delegates are expected to attend the conference and the registration has already reached full house. As 2012 united the nation with the Queens Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics so do let this Family Conference 2012 unite the Indian Orthodox people of the UK across the generations.

Promo video

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St. Thomas’ Orthodox Church, London will be consecrated on Sept. 01, 2012

LONDON: The newly built St. Thomas’ Indian Orthodox Church located at St. Agnell’s Lane, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7AY will be consecrated on Friday 31, August and Saturday 01, September 2012.

“This beautiful church is built in Orthodox traditional architecture and will be the second church owned by Malankara Orthodox Church in the UK” informed the Vicar, Rev. Fr. George Joy and Secretary, Dr. Sen Kallumpuram to IOH.

The consecration will be led by Mathews Mar Thimothios, Metropolitan, Diocese of UK-Europe & Africa of the Indian Orthodox Church to be assisted by the Bishops and priests from the Oriental Orthodox family

On Friday 31.08.2012 at 7.00 pm – Evening prayer followed by Part I of the Consecration service – Foundation stone for the Altar, followed by a Fellowship meal

On Saturday 01.09.2012 at 9.00 am – Morning Prayer followed by Part II of the Consecration. At 11.00am– the first Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at the newly consecrated altar. At 1.00pm – Public meeting followed by Fellowship Lunch