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Rev. Fr. John Mathew  

 Date of Birth: 30/09/1986            

Date of Marriage: 25/04/2016                   

Family Name:Olickal                     

Parents Name:  Mr. Varughese Mathew & Mrs. Leelamma Mathew                       

Native Place Address:   Mary Bhavan, Mitrapuram, Paranthal P.O., Adoor, Patthanamthitta Dist. Kerala.             

Home Parish: St. George Orthodox Aramanapally, Paranthal, Adoor.                    

Home Diocese: Adoorkadambanad                        

Local Parish: in Mumbai: St. Thomas Orthodox Valiyapally, Kalyan (w).                                

Qualification: M.A. B.Ed., PGDHRM, BD, GST.                   

Seminary Period: 2011-16

Seminary: St. Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary, Nagpur.               


Sub Deacon:       23/04/2015 by H.G. Geevarghese Mar CoorilosAtVashiAramana Chapel

Deacon:               02/05/2016 by H.G. Geevarghese Mar CoorilosAtVashiAramana Chapel

Priest:                   04/05/2016 by H.G. Geevarghese Mar CoorilosAt St. Thomas Valiyapally, Kalyan.


Name of Spouse: Mrs. Rincy John                           

Name of Children:         


Residential Address: St. Mary’s                English High School, Ramnagar, Vejalpore, Dhamdachi,

Valsad – 396 001                              


Parishes Served (with year): Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church, Valsad (June 2016 till date)         


Tel.  Land Line:  02632 – 299591                                  

Mobile No: 09869259515                             

Tel. No. Kerala: N.A.      




Achievements: Passed as Topper in B.D. in both Seminaries in April 2016.

Served as OVBS Secretary for OKR Region for the year 2015 -16 and Associate Secretary for the period 2012-14               

                                Represented the Church at CCA General Assembly held at Jakarta in May 2015.

Only Orthodox Delegate at Conference for Theological Students conducted by CCA held at Bangkok in Nov 2014.


Arriving in Mumbai as traders in the late 17th Century and early 18th Century, Armenians built a Church nestled in the lanes of Fort. Named St Peter’s Orthodox Church, it was built in 1796 by Armenians. Besides Kolkata, where they continue to be in large numbers, presence of Armenians can also be seen in Surat, Delhi, and Agra.

The members of the St. Peters Orthodox Church (Colaba Parish) had the privilege to see the Armenian Holy Liturgy held on August 3rd , 2017 at the St. Peter’s Armenian Church in Fort. Rev Fr. Movses Sargsyan ( Manager of Indian – Armenian Spiritual Pastorate Armenian College & Philanthropic Academy) who on his 2 day visit to Mumbai had visited the Armenian Church on August 3rd, 2017. Fr. Movses Sargsyan celebrated the Holy Mass in Armenian language. There were members from other Orthodox Parishes too who came to attend the Holy Liturgy.

Two years ago there was a small prayer service in Armenian language but this is happening after six years,” said Zabel “Bella” Joshi, one of the few Armenians living in the city. Joshi, now 70-years-old came from Juhu where she now lives. “I came to India in 1972 after my marriage to my Indian husband. I am originally from Beirut in Lebanon. A lot of Armenians live there, too. For me, praying in Armenian language is something that is me. My grandfather was a priest,” said Joshi who now speaks different Indian languages.

Considered Orthodox, Armenia was the first Christian nation over 18 centuries ago in 310 AD. “Back then, the Armenian ruler’s daughter was unwell. The King vouched to convert to Christianity if his daughter is healed. That is when the nation became the first Christian nation,” said Thomas Varughese of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church who is looking after the Armenian Church for the last 12 years. The church opens only once a week for service by the Malankara Church followers.

“We are sister churches. Unlike Roman Catholics, Orthodox do not have one head. In each region we have heads. Our head is in India. Their’s is Catholicos (Supreme Head of Armenian Church). Since we are both Orthodox and have mainly everything similar, when the population of Armenians thinned out in city, we were looking for space and they gave the church when we asked for it,” said Fr Benjamin Philip, Vicar (head) of the St Peter’s Church Orthodox Church. Both orthodox churches do not use idols and have only icons (pictures) of Jesus and Mary.

On the second day Fr Movses Sargsyan visited the graves of the Armenians in Antop Hill. There were total of 109 graveyards of Armenians here. These trace back to centuries old.

Fr Movses Sargsyan, pastor manager of Indian-Armenian Spiritual Pastorate who flew from Kolkatta thanked the Malankara community for taking care of the Church.”It was excellent being here. It was like a pilgrimage for us. Mass was not done for and I look to doing one every year,” said Fr. Movses.


(excerpts from DNA Newspaper dated 6th August 2017)


(St. Peters Orthodox Church – ARMENIAN CHURCH)

Kalpana from H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos: Kalpana No.77/2017

Kalpana No. 77

MGOCSM Program on “JOURNEY OF ME (Mastering Excellence)”

The MGOCSM members of St. Paul’s OSC, Powai, are organizing a programme series during the Silver Jubilee year of the Powai Parish, titled “JOURNEY OF ME (Mastering Excellence)” that aims to provide a platform to learn, experiment and develop personal effectiveness for church members between 18-30 years of age.

The program comprises of a series of 3 fun-filled and learning modules that include talks, workshops, self-learning projects, games and music. The course content and sessions are designed and delivered by expert faculty. A mentor will be assigned to each of the participants to enhance the learning experience.

Each module will be covered in 2 sessions of 3 hours each with the following program content:

  1. Personal Vision and Goal: To visualize and create a realistic personal vision through a step by step action plan.
  2. Understanding Self: To help enhance self-awareness for better self-management.
  3. Relationship Management: To understand the styles of communication, collaboration and conflict management and to learn to effectively use them in various situations.

Module 1: Personal Vision and Goal – Session 1:

Date & Time:                           15th Aug, 2017, 10:00AM to 1:00PM

Venue:                                      St. Paul’s Orthodox Syrian Church, Powai

Session Leaders:                  Mr. Anil Thomas & Mr. Hardy Alexander

Course Fee:                            Rs.100/- per session

Program Manager:            Dr. Susan Thomas (Cell: 9820220777)

Program Coordinators:   Ms. Pretty Kuriakose (Cell: 9867641959)

                                                    Mr. Christine Issac (Cell: 7666887307)

Please nominate eligible members from your church as participants and faculty (if available) for this program. We hope to receive the list of participants by 7th August so as to make the necessary arrangements.

Yours Brother in Christ

Fr. Thomas K. Chacko



Annual General Body Meeting of Diocese of Bombay will be held on 29th August,2017

H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos Via Kalpana No: 75/2017 inform  that the Annual General Meeting /Diocesan Assembly of Bombay Diocese will be held on 29th August 2017 at 10.30 am at VashiAramana under the  Presidentship of Diocesan Metropolitan. The representatives elected from the Parishes to the Diocesan Assembly along with the Vicar are advised to attend the meeting on time.


  1. Prayer & Welcome Speech.
  2. To read the notice Kalpana
  3. Presidential Address
  4. To read and confirm the minutes of the previous Meeting
  5. To discuss the matters arising out of the minutes
  6. To present and pass the Annual Report for the year 2016-17
  7. To present the Internal and the Statutory Auditors reports
  8. To consider and adopt the accounts for the year 2016-17
  9. To appoint theInternal Auditor for the year 2017-18
  10. To appoint the Statutory Auditors for the year 2017-18
  11. To discuss about the Spiritual Revival Programme and Annual Convention
  12. To discuss and decide for the new salary scheme of Priests.
  13. To discuss on Ruby Celebrations, Directory, H G Dr. Mar Theophilus Award
  14. Highlights of new projects
  15. Any other matter with the permission of the Chair
  16. Vote of Thanks
  17. Prayer and Benediction






Diocesan Metropolitan appointed the New Office Bearers for the OCYM, Bombay for the Year 2017-2020

H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Diocesan Metropolitan, appointed the new office bearers for the OCYM, Bombay Diocese via Kalpana No: 76/2017. As per the constitution of the  Youth Movement,the following officials have been nominated or elected for the three-year period 2017-2020:

Post Elected/Nominated
Bombay Diocese Officials:
  General Secretary Vinod Ninan Eapen, Powai
  Joint Secretary Jeffry John Thomas, Vashi
  Ex-Officio Secretary Thomas Varghese, Vashi
  Treasurer Blesson Abraham, Malad
  Auditor Shibu Cherian, Kalyan
Central Committee Members:
Jaisy Biju, Mulund
Sabu Varghese, Powai
Alex Mathew, Andheri
Diocesan Zonal Organisers:
   Central Zone Bijo Mathew, Mulund
   Western Zone Shibu George, Vasai
   Kalyan Zone Abraham Mammen, Dombivli
   Vashi Zone Saju K. Varghese, C.B.D. Belapur
   Nashik Zone Georgekutty Rajan, Nashik
   Pune Zone Manoj Eappen, Pune
Diocesan Central Committee Members:
   Central Zone Siji Cherian, Dadar
   Central Zone Gracy Rajan Panikar, Thane
   Western Zone Alex Mathew, Andheri
   Western Zone Reshmy Noel Rajan, Vasai
Kalyan Zone Gincy R. Abraham, Dombivli
Vashi Zone Binu Mathew, Panvel
Vashi Zone Usha A. Thomas, C.B.D. Belapur
   Nashik Zone Sonu George, Nashik
   Nashik Zone Cheriyan Kunju K. G., Nashik
   Pune Zone Stephen Daniel, Chinchwad Pune
Gulf Region :
 Doha Aneesh Kudasanad, Doha
Bahrain Aji Chacko, Bahrain
Dr.Mar Theophilus Youth Hostel , Sakinaka
   Hostel Warden Vicar, Sakinaka Parish

(Fr. Thomas Philipose, Sakinaka)

   Hostel Accounts Under OCYM Diocese Treasurer (Blesson Abraham, Malad)
   Hostel  In-Charge NS Joseph, Sakinaka

We wish God’s abundant blessings upon the new OCYM Bombay Diocese officials in their new endeavor in the coming three years.

Divine Walk through the Footsteps of Our Lord Jesus Christ & Orthodox Monastries

Diocese of Bombay organizing a “Pilgrimage tour under the Spiritual Leadership of H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos , the Diocesan Metropolitan to the Holy Land of Israel, Egypt and Ethiopia” from 11th to 29h September, 2017. This a 19 days program flying on Prestigious Ethiopian Airways.

The Pilgrims will get an opportunity to get an audience with  His Holiness Theodoros II the Pope of Alexandria,and His Holiness Mathias, the Patriarch of Ethiopia.  Also will get a blessed opportunity to attend the Celebration of Ethiopian Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross with His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Paulos II, the Catholicos of the East and His Holiness Mathais along with 10 lakhs of Ethiopian Orthodox Faithful.

The first part of the  Pilgrimage will start with the Journey to the Holy Land of Israel (Nazereth to Bethelhem). The main features and visiting places are given below

Holy Qurbana at St Mark (Last supper Room)-Mount Tabor, Galillee Boat Ride-Cana-Mary’s well-Mount Olives Ascension place-Mount Zion-via Dolorosa-Holy Sepulchre-Jordan River Ein Karem-Mount of Temptation-Dead Sea- Golgotha-Nativity Church & much more

Second Part is the Pilgrimage is at Egypt (Cairo-Alexandria)

Taba Border-Mount Sinai- St Catherine Monastery-Suez Canal, Coptic Cathedral, Egyptian Museum-Old Cairo Holy Family Church, Other churches & Synagogue-Pyramids-Light and Sound show, Monasteries – St Pauls- St Antony’s – ST- Macarius -ST Mine-Anba Beshoy-Baramus and Convents-St George and St Damania  and much more….

The Third part is at Ethiopia (Bahar Dar- Lalibela-Addis Ababa)

Boat ride in Lake Tana-Monasteries in Bahar Dar- Bahar Dar City Tour, Blue Nile Falls- Debre Libanos Manastery- Rock Hewn Churches-Addis Ababa City Tour and much more…..

His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos will lead the Pilgrimage this 19 days. Hopefully Holiness Catholicos will join with the Pilgrims at Ethiopia. 

The total expense for this Rs 149500/- per person which include return airfare-visa-travel insurance-hotel- all meals-luxury AC vehicles-English speaking Guides-All Boarder Taxes-Tips and Government Taxes.

Those who are interested to join this pilgrimage kindly contact H.G. Mar Coorilos (Ph no. 9820333379) or Mr. Arosh Thomas (Ph.No.9820373437). Your passport and two photograph with advance should reach before 15th August, 2017.