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Annual Conference of OCYM in Nilambur from September 3 to 5

KOTTAYAM: The 73rd annual conference of the Orthodox Christian Youth Movement will be conducted at Pothukal Catholicate High School, Nilambur from September 3 to 5, 2009. Malabar is the host diocese for this 3-day event.

The theme of the conference will be “The boundaries and beyond.” The conference venue (Nagar) is named after Mar Pathrose Osthathios, who was a great visionary of the church.

A Large committee under the Chief Patronship of Metropolitan Mar Theophilos Zachariah is working for the success of the event. The committee comprise of Fr. Varghese Ponnola (Patron), Fr. Thomas Kurien Thazhayil (President), Fr. Mathews Vattiyanikal, Fr. Jacob Kurien Chayanikal (Vice Chairmen), Fr. Yohannan Thomas (General Convener), Abraham Erumathanam (Treasurer).

From India and abroad more than 800 youth are expected to attend the three day conference.

The conference will felicitate the newly consecrated Metropolitans of the church officially in the conference.

The registration fee will be Rs.200. For more information contact General Secretary Fr. Spencer Koshy (0481-2583997 / 9447559483), Fr.Yohannan Thomas (Gemeral Convener) 9447253560 or

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Perunal and Convention on August 30 at St.Johns Delaware Parish

DELAWARE: The 3rd annual convention and Perunnal of St. Johns Indian Orthodox Church, Delaware will be held on Friday, August 28 to Sunday, August 30, 2009.

On Friday 28, Fr. Siby Varghese will be the speaker at the convention. At 6 in the evening the convention will begin with evening prayer.

On Saturday 29, Fr. Philip C.Abraham, New York will lead the convention after the evening prayer.

Perunnal Qurbana will be celebrated on Sunday 30th. Fr. Philip C.Abraham will be the chief celebrant on the occasion. Morning prayer will begin at 8.30am and which will be followed by Holy Qurbana. Thereafter the Perunnal Rassa will be conducted.

For more information, contact the vicar- Fr.Siby Varghese (267-401-3732)

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Mar Ireanios Turns Sixty: Kochi Felicitates on August 16

KOCHI: Diocese of Kochi celebrates the 60th birthday of their Metropolitan on Sunday August 16, 2009 at Ernakulam, Kaloor VJ Hall at 4 pm in  grand scale. Prof. K.V. Thomas, the Central Asst. Minister, will inaugurate the birthday celebration public meeting. Catholicose elect Mar Paulose Militheos will preside over the function.

Marthoma Valia Metropolitan, Bishop Sebastian Edayanthrathu of Syro Malabar Catholic Church and Kochi mayor Mercy Williams will felicitate the Metropolitan.

Dr. K.S. Radha Krishnan, the former vice chancellor will release the new book by Mar Ireanios – “Speaking About Unspeakable” on the occasion.

Mar Ireanios took charge of Kochi diocese on April 1, 2009. He was the Metropolitan of Madras diocese since 1997. In 1993 Mar Ireanios was elevated to the rank of Episcopos and became the Asst. Metropolitan of Malabar diocese.

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Condolence Meeting In Memory Of Mathews II Bava

Kottayam Feb 7 2006: A touching and poignant condolence meeting was held in Kottayam today, Sunday Feb.5, 2006 condoling the passing away of our beloved Bava Thirumeni. In a well attended meeting held at Baselius College, Speaker after speaker brought alive their unfaded memories of association with the departed. In the Presidential address, H.H. Didimos Bava Thirumeni highlighted the warmth of affection received from Mathews II Bava . Almost like a pet student, Bava Thirumeni attended on him and it was at the height of that concern that the departed Bava Thirumeni adorned his successor with the staff and chains on the day of enthronement.

Mar Thoma Metropolitan Mar Chrisostam who inaugurated the meeting, in his inimitable way narrated a dream he had on the evening of January 27. God announced in heaven that He had called to rest Baselius Mar Thoma Mathews 11 and would be reaching heaven soon. As everybody waited, Bava Thirumeni reached and the first two persons with whom Bava shook hands was Yoohanon Marthoma Metropolitan and Alexander Marthoma Metropolitan. So much was Bava’s relation ship with Mar Thoma Church. He also confessed that Mar Thoma Church lost an eloquent speaker for all their functions who was invited without a second thought and now with the demise of Bava they have to sruggle to find the right person.

Bishop Mar Powathil, higlighted the good human being in Bava Thirumeni and unfolded his association for the last 25 years. Bishop Sam Mathew drew the big picture of an Ecumenical stalwart in Mar Thomas Mathews II who played a big role in settling the Nilackel issue.
Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, the Health and Irrigation Minister of Kerala pictured Bava Thirumeni as a big humanist. Suresh Kurup, Member of Parliament of Kottayam, recalled with gratitude when His Grace Mathews Mar Coorilos went to the bedside of his father who was admiited in the Madras Medical Mission Hospital for Heart Surgery and prayed and thereafter, the hospital authorities treated them with extra love and concern. Sri. Narendranath Kurup, the N.S.S. General Secretary, recalled that occasion when Bava Thirumeni was the Chief Guest for the Mannam Birth Day Celebration and how Bava captivated the gathering with his eloquent speech.

Almost choked with emotion Thomas Mar Makarios Thirumeni recalled how Bava compelled him to conduct the Thailabhishekam for patients before Bava was taken to the Operation Theatre for Heart Surgery in the U.S.A. Thirumeni also recalled how Bava Thirumeni when he was Angel Achan asked him to join Othera Dayara on frugal food. K.M. Mathew, Chief Editor , Malayala Manorama and Dr. Alexander Karakkal also spoke on the occasion. Fr.Dr.O.Thomas moved the condolence resolution and Sri P.C. Abraham Padinjarekara, the Lay Trustee offered floral tributes, Pushparchana , on the photograph of the Bava Thirumeni . The dedication song by Fr. M.P. George added to the solemnity of the occasion which certainly must be cherished by our Bava in the Heavenly Abode.

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144 Declared Around Thrikkunnathu Seminary

Aluva June 28 2004: 144 was declared by the district collector today evening around the Thrikkunnathu Seminary at Aluva.

Sreshta Catholicos Baselios Thomas I of Jacobite Church withdrew fast and left the scene just after the declaration of 144,for Puthen Cruz to preside a special synod meeting.

His Holiness the Catholicos, Catholicos Elect and sabha Secretary returned to Kottayam today.

District Collector allowed the Patriarchal faction to enter into the seminary chapel

Many old Orthodox faithful from Aluva blame Yuhanon Mar Milithios for the entire episode at Thrikkunnathu Seminary.

The prohibitory orders stands on one kilometre radius of the Thrikkunnathu Seminary at Aluva from Tuesday June 28.

Conducting processions within a kilometre of the seminary has also been banned. The prohibitory order also bans public speeches, demonstrations and meetings in the area for one month.

Any unlawful assembly, gatherings and entering the seminary, church, cemetery and its compound has also been prohibited.