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Apostolic Visit of the Catholicose of the East in America

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New York: Supreme Head of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church HH Baselios Marthoma Paulose II reached the United States on September 17, 2014 for 15 day’s visit. Metropolitan of the North-East American Diocese Zachariah Mar Nicholaos along with Priests of the Diocese, Malankara Managing Committee Members, and Diocesan Council Members offered a very welcome to the Pontiff at the Airport.

This is for the first time that the Supreme Head of the Church comes to the United States to personally receive the Catholicate Day Collection. Under patronage of the Metropolitans of both the American dioceses representatives from all parishes will handover the collections to the Catholicose and Malankara Metropolitan, the Supreme and Chief Trustee of the Malankara Orthodox Church. It is an age old practice that the Catholicose personally receives Catholicate Day Collection from each dioceses in Kerala, which is extended to the American Dioceses this year.

His Holiness has the consecration of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Atlanta for Thursday and Friday, September 18th and 19th. Metropolitans Dr. Yuhanon Mar Chrysostomos and Alexios Mar Eusebius will assist the Catholicose at this solemn event. The consecration will be over on Friday after Holy Qurbana and the Pontiff will go to Houston, his next destination.
After Holy Qurbana at the Diocesan Center of South West American Diocese, ‘Urshlem’, the Holy Father is to inaugurate the Green-Project, namely, planting 102 trees to mark the 102nd anniversary of the establishment of the Catholicate in Malankara.

The Malankara Metropolitan and Catholicose will be addressing the meeting of parish representatives, who assemble at the Diocesan Center to hand over the Catholicate Day Collection to their Supreme shepherd. Metroplitan Dr. Yuhanon Mar Chrysostomos of the Diocese of Niranam, Fr. Shaji Mukudiyil, CEO, St. Gregorios Hospital Parumala, and Dr. George Joseph, Malankara Association Secretary are also to address the meeting. Retired priests of the Diocese of South West America also will be honored at the meeting.

His Holiness will lead the Evening prayers at the St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, Houston on Saturday, September 20th. On Sunday, September 21st, the Pontiff will celebrate Holy Qurbana at the St. Thomas Cathedral, Houston. The Catholicose will be laying the foundation stone of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Houston, in the evening. Bava Thirumeni will deliver his words of blessings at the Ecumenical gathering of Houston on Monday, September 22nd at the St. Stephen’s Orthodox Church, Houston.

His Holiness’ next destination will be Detroit. There will be a meeting in honor of the Pontiff at the St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Detroit, which His Holiness will be addressing. His Holiness is to consecrate the St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Orlando, on September 24 and 25th. Metropolitan Alexios Mar Eusebius will assist the Catholicose at the consecration.

On September 25th evening, the Catholicose will be received at the Airport, Philadelphia by the North East Diocese of America. The meeting of all Diocesan Priests of the North East America will take place on September 26th, which will be blessed by the speech of the Pontiff. At the St. John’s Orthodox Church, Delaware Valley, the Catholicose and Malankara Metropolitan will receive Catholicate Day Collection from all parishes of the North East American Diocese on Saturday, September 27th. Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholavos will preside over the meeting, which will be attended by all priests and representatives.

On September 28th the Catholicose will inaugurate the Golden Jubilee celebrations of St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Washington DC after Holy Qurbana there. On September 30th, the Pontiff is to fly back to Kerala.

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Reception to HH the Catholicos at Atlanta Air port on September 18, 2014
Reception to HH the Catholicos at Atlanta Air port on September 18, 2014
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Website for St. Paul’s Orthodox Church of Greater Orlando Launched


LONGWOOD, FLORIDA: The newly designed website for the St. Paul’s Orthodox Church of Greater Orlando was launched on Sunday, August 21, after Holy Qurbana.

Vicar, Fr. Dr. Jacob Mathew, clicked the mouse in the presence of the whole congregation to declare the website launched.

Jagan Rajan designed the website, whereby the managing committee and many members of the parish contributed with ideas and suggestions to improve the website during its testing.

“This website is a long cherished dream coming true for the St. Paul’s Orthodox Church of Greater Orlando. The many attempts to get this done are herewith reaching the goal and all, who have toiled therefore may receive blessings and rewards from above in abundance”, said Fr. Jacob in his speech. He also thanked everyone, especially Jagan Rajan for the hard work and percevearance in getting the task successfully done.

Jagan Rajan explained various menus of the website to the congregation. He called for articles and writeups from members to enflush the website. He also requested for positive criticisms and suggestions to improve the quality of the website.

There are options for viewers to register themselves in the website and members of St. Paul’s Orthodox Church have special registration available. In future, payment of all dues to the Church are also planned through the website using credit or debit cards.

Important links pertaining to the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, the Diocese of South West America, under which the St. Paul’s Orthodox Church of Greater Orlando falls, and Orthodox Seminaries are embedded in the website. Important news portals of the Church like IOH and Orthodox Radio are also available through the newly launched website.

There is a possibility for blogging as well in the website. Prayer requests, daily bible readings and lectionary, recent events and calendar etc. are other important features therein.

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Malankara Association To Meet in March 2012


KOTTAYAM: Sources informed IOH that the largest ecclesiastical parliament, namely, the Malankara Association, is to meet in March 2012. This meeting will elect members to the next Malankara Managing Committee and the new Managing Committee will replace the present one that completes its tenure next year. Date and venue of the Association will be known in the coming days.

The 2012 Association will elect the new Priest and Lay Trustees. This Association will be the first one to be convened by the reigning Catholicos Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II.

The new Malankara Association Secretary will be elected in the first meeting of the new Malankara Managing Committee meeting.

The present Malankara Managing Committee was elected at the Malankara Association meeting convened by the then Catholicos Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Didymus I at Parumala on March 21, 2007. The September 2006 meeting decided that the Managing Committee shall have 129 elected members and 30 nominees of Malankara Metropolitan.

The last Malankara Association was met at Sasthamkotta on February 17, 2010 and it was the Catholicos Emeritus Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Didymus I, who had convened the meeting. Seven priests were elected in that meeting to be elevated to the bishopricate.

The 2012 Malankara Association gains utmost importance considering the fact that the Centenary of the establishment of the Catholicate also falls in 2012.

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Gospel Meet-2011 at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Ras Al Khaimah


RAS AL KHAIMA: St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Ras Al Khaimah hosted the third meeting of Gospel Meet-2011 (first meeting during the Apostles’ Lent) organized under the aegis of OCYM UAE Zonal committee in the Emirates on Friday, June 17, the first Friday of the Apostles’ Fasting, which also was marked as the Golden Friday on the Church Calendar.

OCYM members from St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral, Dubai led the song session. Philip Mathew, Vice President, OCYM St. Dionysius Church, Al Ain made the devotional address basing Lamentations 5:21. Intercessory prayers were offered under the leadership of Fr. Manoj N Rajan, Vicar and OCYM Unit President of Ras Al Khaimah Orthodox Church.

The program began with songs and Bible reading from Old Testament, New Testament and Psalms. Jerry John, Unit Secretary, Ras Al Khaimah welcomed everyone to the meet. Fr. Manoj N Rajan, in his presiding address welcomed the initiative taken up by the OCYM UAE Zonal Committee to organize Gospel Meets during the holy fasts. Joju Mathew Philip, Unit Secretary, Fujairah proposed the vote of thanks for the Zonal committee. The one and a half hour long program concluded with candle light intercessory prayer service. Along with the Ras Al Khaimah parishioners, representatives from Al Ain, Abu Dhabi and Dubai units were also present.

Binu Chacko, Sunil David, Biju Thankachen, Jobin, Jibin, Swapna Binu, Jishy Binny, Wilcy Biju and Bincy Sunil led the singing session. Binu Thomas Varghese accompanied the singing on the keyboard and the choir was coordinated by Reju S John, Binny Mathew and Binu Zachariah.

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One Shall Discern the Challenges of Times: Catholicos of the East


HYDERABAD: “One shall discern the challenges of times”, said Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, the Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan. The Pontiff was speaking at the reception given to him by the twin parishes on Friday, June 10.

The Supreme Head of Malankara Church reached Hyderabad to consecrate the newly built St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Ramachandrapuram.

V. Sunitha Laxma Reddy, Minister for Woman Development and Child Welfare, expressed her happiness in receiving the Spiritual Head of two and half million people. She also said that the Church can hope for cooperation from the Government for the services that the Church renders were of great value.

Minister also has promised the Indian Orthodox Church of all help in any social service projects that the church is planning to launch in A.P. She was referring to a request made earlier by the bishop of Bangalore diocese of the Orthodox church Metropolitan Dr. Abraham Mar Seraphim, for land for setting up a Youth Centre at Hi-Tec City

Metropolitan of Bangalore Diocese Dr. Abraham Mar Seraphim presided over the meeting. Metropolitan of Kochi Diocese Dr. Yacob Mar Ireneaus, Bhikshapati Yadav and Nandishwar Gaud, Members of Legislative Assembly, Andhra Pradesh, Fr. Dr. Johns Abraham Konattu, the Priest Trustee, M.G. George Muthoottu, the Lay Trustee, Chor Episcopos T.K. Thomas, the Bangalore Diocesan Secretary, and Chor Episcopos John Thachamperil felicitated the Catholicos.

First part of the consecration began at 5.00 pm and the reception began at 7.30 pm. Priests and faithful in thousands from Mar Gregorios Cathedral, Hyderabad, St. Andrews Valiyapalli, St. George Orthodox Church, Balanagar, and St. Thomas Chappel at CRPF Center participated in the events.

Vicar Fr. Moncy P. Chacko welcomed the gathering and Fr. Bobby George moved vote of thanks.

On Saturday, June 11, the second part of the consecration will begin, which will be followed by the Holy Qurbana.

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Rs 3.17 Cr as Catholicate Day Collection in 2010


KOTTAYAM: Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Catholicate Day Collection 2010 gathered Rs 3.17 crores, said the Malankara Association Secretary Dr. George Joseph, while presenting the budget for the year 2011-2012 the Church.

St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral, Dubai came first from the Outside India Region and St. Peters and St. Pauls Orthodox Church, Kolenchery came first within India.

M.G. George Muthoott, the Lay Trustee of the Malankara Church, was the individual, who contributed maximum with Rs. 22 lakhs to the Catholicate Day Collections.

Aid to farmers suffering through natural disasters and health insurance for those, who are below poverty line were the two important projects from the new budget.

Funds have been allocated for 1960th anniversary celebration of the establishment of Church in India and centenary of the establishment of Catholicate in India in the budget for the year 2012.

A family is expected to donate ‘one day’s income’ to the Catholicate day collection.

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Dialysis Center Inaugurated at St. Gregorios Hospital Parumala


PARUMALA: Adoor Prakash, Minister for Health, Government of Kerala, inaugurated the new dialysis center at St. Gregorios Hospital, Parumala. The center comes under the Nephrology Department.

The Government was planning to start dialysis centers at District Hospitals, said the Minister in his speech.

Moran Mar Baselios Paulose II, Catholicos of the East, presided over the meeting.

“Kerala has more than 3000 patients, who need dialysis, every year. The Government machinery alone cannot solve this problem. There comes the relevance of encouragement to be given to private institutions in the health sector”, said the Pontiff.

P.J. Kurian M.P. inaugurated the new neonatal ICU and Anto Anthony M.P. inaugurated the new operation theater wing.

Fr. Alexander Koodarathil, CEO, St. Gregorios Hospital, Fr. Yuhanon Ramban, Manager of Parumala Seminary, Thankamany Nagappan, President, Kadapra Panchayath, K.O. Thomas and Adv. Biju Oommen, Members of the Hospital Managing Committee and Dr. Alex Paul, Director of the St. Gregorios Hospital, Paruamal spoke on the occasion.

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Extinction of Human Race will Result, if Exploitation of Nature Continues: Catholicos of the East


KOTTAYAM: “If greed driven continual exploitation of nature takes place, human extinction will result”, stated the Catholicos of the East Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II. The Pontiff was inaugurating the ‘Earth Day Celebrations’ at the Catholicate Palace compound on Sunday, June 5, 2011.

It was good to understand the depth of the words of Gandhiji, namely, ‘whatever one needs is available in the world, but not for one’s greed’, carried on the Pontiff.

A tree was planted at the Catholicate Palace compound in the presence of Catholicos Emeritus Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Didymus I. Fr. M.K. Kurien, Manager, Catholicate Palace, spoke on the occasion.

Metropolitan Kuriakose Mar Clemis, President of the Ecological Commission of the Church presided over the meeting at St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, Nannuvakkadu, Pathanamthitta. Adv. K. Sivadasan Nair, MLA, inaugurated the meeting.

Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius, Adv. K. Suresh Kumar, Dr. George Varghese, Robin Peter, and Fr. Biju Mathews spoke on the occasion. Distribution of treelings also took place.

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Augen Mar Dionysius was the Symbol of Altruism: Oommen Chandy


VAKATHANAM: Late Metropolitan Augen Mar Dionysius, who even made his last trip so a pregnant expression of philanthropy, was a symbol of genuine altruism, said Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister of Kerala.

The Chief Minister was inaugurating the ‘remembrance meeting’ of late Metropolitan Augen Mar Dionysius and distribution of school supplies at Vallikkattu Dayara on Sunday, June 5, after Holy Qurbana.

Metropolitan Dr. Joshua Mar Nichodemus presided over the meeting. Fr. C.M. Philipose Ramban, Fr. Abraham Vazhakkal, Fr. Abraham P. George Paramphuzha, Lysamma George, President, Vakathanam Grama Panchayath, Jose K. Cherian, President Vazhoor Grama Panchayath, and C.K. Jacob Kocheril spoke on the occasion.

Fr. C.M. Philipose Ramban, Manager, Vallikkattu Dayara, received the faithful, who came from Ranni and Idukki regions.

Catholicos of the East Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II presided over the evening prayers. Metropolitans Mathews Mar Theodosius, Abraham Mar Epiphanios, Mathews Mar Thimothios, and Yuhanon Mar Dioscoros remembered the late Metropolitan Augen Mar Dionysius in their speeches.

Catholicos of the East released a book on the late Metropolitan.

On the main feast day, Sunday, June 5, Catholicos of the East celebrated Holy Qurbana. Metropolitan Yuhanon Mar Chrysostomos delivered the remembrance speech. Distribution of awards, remembrance prayer at the tomb of the late Metropolitan, distribution of eulogium, and festive luncheon followed as the day’s events.

Hundreds of faithful participated in the procession in connection with the remembrance festivities.

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Catholicos of the East accorded with a Magnificent Welcome at Dallas


DALLAS, TEXAS: Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II arrived at Dallas Fortworth International Airport today. The Holy Father’s arrival is in connection with the consecration of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Dallas.

Metropolitan of the Diocese of South West America Alexios Mar Eusebius and Metropolitan of the Diocese of Nilackal Dr. Joshua Mar Nichodemus, Fr. Shinoj George, Fr. Mathew Alexander, Fr. Thampan Varghese, vicar of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church Dallas, Trustee Prince Zachariah, Secretary Roy Thomas, General Convenor, Consecration Committee Rusk Jacob, and a large body of faithful were also present at the Airport to accord a memorable welcome to the Supreme Spiritual Head of the Malankara Church.

The Holy Father went to the Church thereafter. The Pontiff’s flight, which was to arrive at Dallas yesterday in the evening was canceled due to rain at Houston, which delayed his arrival by several hours.

A befitting welcome is planned at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Dallas on Friday, May 13 at 6.00 pm.

Metropolitan of Thiruvananthapuram Diocese Dr. Gabriel Mar Gregorios, Metropolitan of Sultan’s Battery Diocese Dr. Abraham Mar Epiphanios, Metropolitan Alexios Mar Eusebius and Metropolitan Dr. Joshua Mar Nichodemus will attend the function.

A choir trained and led by Fr. Dr. M.P. George and other various ways of Malayalee traditional welcome are arranged in honor of the Catholiocos.

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