St. Paul’s Orthodox Church, Powai has become a full fledged parish in the year 1993 and is an organ of “The Malankara Orthodox Church” of India.
Initially we have started a prayer group of 10 to 15 members under St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Dadar. The very first service was conducted by Rev. Fr. Paul Adai, on 10th March, 1985, at the I.I.T. Community Hall, Powai, and it was continued till the year 1990.
On 25th December 1990, the worship place was shifted to Ray Construction compound. Rev. Fr. Koshy Alex conducted the first Holy Qurbana there. Later this prayer group had been upgraded under the leadership of Rev. Fr. K.P. Lazarus.
In October 1992, a Charitable trust was formed namely “St. Paul’s Charitable & Educational Trust”. On the 1st of April, 1993, by the grace of Almighty God, our Valiyathirumeni (Late Lamented) H.G. Dr. Philipose Mar Theophilus and H.G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos declared this small congregation as a full fledged parish.
The prayers of the people of Powai was answered by Almighty by showing us a prominent place in the zenith of Powai Hills and we got a permanent place of worship. Under the dynamic and enthusiastic leadership of our then Vicar Rev. Fr. Scaria Varghese (Santhosh Achen), and the prayers of all the parishioners, we achieved our long cherished desire to have our own place of worship, in the year 1998.
On 14-02-1999, the foundation stone for the proposed Church was laid by H.G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Diocesan Metropolitan of Bombay. The construction of the Church building was completed within a short span of just 3 months. It was temporarily consecrated by Very Rev. K.I. Philip Ramban and the Palm Sunday Service was conducted on that day. i.e.28-03-1999 in the new Church.
After completion of the entire interior works of the Madbaha & the Church, the newly completed Church was consecrated on 1st& 2nd of October, 1999.The chief celebrant of the consecration was (Late Lamented) H.G. Dr.Geevarghese Mar Osthatheos and ably assisted by (Late Lamented) H. G. Philipose Mar Eusebius and H.G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos.
The cherished aspiration of our members for a new Parsonage near our Church was fulfilled by procuring a Parsonage in Mansarovar C.H.S., in the year 2002.
A newly constructed Cross Vault was consecrated on 2nd October 2008, by (Late Lamented) H.G. Geevarghes Mar Ivanios (Chief Celebrant), & H.G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilose.
The former Vicars of our parish were Rev. Fr. Thomas Panickar (1993-95), Very Rev. P.J.James Cor episcopa (1995-96), Rev. Fr. Benjamin Stephen (1996-97), Rev. Fr.Scaria Varghese (1997-2001), Very Rev. Thomas Kurian Cor episcopa (2001-05), Very Rev. Yaunan Mulamoottil Cor episcopa (2005-08), Very Rev. P.J.James Cor episcopa (2008-11), Rev. Fr. M.B. George (2011-14). Very Rev. Yaunan Mulamoottil Cor episcopa is a member of this parish.
At present Rev. Fr. Thomas K Chacko is serving as the Vicar since 1st June, 2014.
Today the Church is having a strength of over 128 families and having all spiritual organizations like Sunday School, M.G.O.C.S.M., Youth Movement, Martha Mariam Vanitha Samajam, “Akhila Malankara Orthodox Sushrushaka Sangam (AMOSS), Prayer Groups, Divyabodhanam etc..All these spiritual organizations are working fruitfully and instrumental in all the Spiritual Activities & Charity works. Our Sunday school is one of the best Sunday schools of our Diocese. Our member Mrs. Alice Koshy is serving as the Secretary of Martha Mariam Vanitha Samajam Bombay Diocese.
We have a Charitable Dispensary running smoothly for serving the poor and downtrodden. The needy are getting free consultation & medicines from the Dispensary. Our parish also provides educational, medical and financial helps to the economically weaker section through various endowment funds.
HISTORY OF AMBARNATH PARISH
Ambarnath St. Gregorios Orthodox Syrian Parish is a registered body under The Bombay Public Trust Act Vide No-D/55,Thane.Today we have got a beautiful Church, a Community Hall, a Parish Office Room, a Parsonage, a Sexton’s accommodation room and a Spacious Basement Property in the adjacent building. More importantly all spiritual organizations of our Parish are actively functioning in our Church.
In the year 1965, a very small group of people residing at Ambarnath, who were then members of St.Mary’s O S Church, Dadar, took up the idea of conducting regular church services at Ambarnath to avoid the inconvenience of travelling all the way to Dadar to attend regular church services. They took up their that great desire to the then Metropolitian of Bombay Diocese and the Catholicose of the East, H.H. Moran Mar Baselious Mathews I, who was kind enough to recognize this group as an independent congregation from August 1973 and gave consent to conduct Holy Qurbana at Ambarnath once in month and the same was conducted in the Fatima School Hall.
On 4th Nov, 1979, the then Metropolitian of Bombay Diocese Late H.G. Dr. Philipose Mar Theophilus declared the Ambarnath Congregation, which consisted of some 33 members ass an independent Parish after the Blessed name of St. Gregorios OF Parumala. By November 1980, we purchased a plot land at Ambarnath –West, where the present Church is situated.
On 3rd October 1982, Late Lamented H.G. Dr. Philipose Mar Theophilus laid the foundation stone of the church building. With the dedicated leadership of our then vicar Rev.Fr. P.J.James and the whole –hearted co-operation and support of the parish members, the construction of the ground floor of the Church building was completed by the middle of 1984 and a temporary Consecration of the Church was conducted on 4th Sept, 1984 by Late H.G. Dr. Philipose Mar Theophilus. The parish members then had the vision of constructing a Community Hall on the first floor of the Church building to carry on their allied spiritual activities and hence the formal consecration was deferred to a future date.
Later on a community hall was constructed on the the first floor of the church building and a separate of the Church building and a separate office room of the parish was also built up in the Church premises. By then, with the active co-operation of the Bombay Diocese we got one full time Priest allotted for our Parish to conduct Holy Qurbana on all Sundays and other allied spiritual activities of the parish. We have also purchased a parsonage near the Church for providing accommodation to our Priest.
The final and formal consecration of our church was conducted on 20th and 21st of February, 1999 at the blessed hands of H.G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the present Metropolitan of Mumbai Diocese.
In 2002, thanks to the keen interest and initiative of the then Vicar Rev.Fr. M.E. Joseph , our Parish was fortunate enough to get the Holy Relics of our patron saint Parumala Thirumeni installed in our Church at the blessed hands of Late Lamented H.G. Dr. Stephanos Mar Thevodosios, the then Metroplitan of Calcutta Diocese on 09-11-2002.
Also in 2006,we could construct a kurishmthotti adjacent to our Church under the guidance of the then vicar Rev Fr. T.A Daniel and it was consecrated and dedicated to our Church by H.G Kuriakose Mar Clemis, the Metropolitan of Thumpamon Diocese on 17-11-2006.
We have great pleasure to state that by now our Parish had developed into a full fledged Church with 102 subscribing members and fortunate enough to have the services of eminent priest with great administrative acumen and total dedication which helped the continuous growth and progess of our Parish .Rev Fr.T.P.Mathew, Fr. Thomas Kurian, Fr. George Joseph, Fr. P.J.James,Fr.T.A.Daniel.Fr.Jiji Thomas, Fr. Mathew Mathew, Fr. Benjamin Stephen, Fr. Benjamin S.Philip. Fr. A.V.Paulose. Fr. M.E.Joseph,Fr. George Varghese and Fr. Kurian Baby rendered their services as former Vicars of this Parish since its inception. Rev.Fr.Koshy George is the present Vicar and under his leadership and guidance various spiritual Organizations like the prayer group, Martha Mariam Vanita Samaajam, M.G.O.C.S.M and Sunday school are functioning smoothly and effectively
Date of Birth : 24th April, 1975
Date of Marriage : 28th April, 2003
Family Name : Anish
Parents Name :
1) Aleyamma George
2) Late. T.K.George
Native Place Address : Koch Thayyil Putthen Veedu, Thumpamon
Home Parish : St. Gregorios Orthodox Syrian Church,Chembur.
Home Diocese : Bombay Diocese
Local Parish : St. Gregorios Orthodox Syrian Church,Chembur.
Qualification : B.Com, GST, BCS.
Seminary Period : 1997 to 2002 (St. Thomas Orthodox Seminary, Nagpur)
Sub-Deacon : 09th Jan, 2001
Deacon : May, 2003
Priest : 14th Jun, 2003
Name of Spouse : Liji Koshy (Teacher)
Name of Children :
1) Shyno Koshy (Daughter)
2) Alby Koshy (Son)
Residential Address : Room No-17, Plot no-174, Sector-16A, Darshana CHS,
Nerul, Navi Mumbai-400 706
Parishes Served : 1) St. Gregorios OSC, Tarapur
2) St. Gregorios OSC, Panvel
3) St. Thomas OSC, Vashi
4)St. Mary’s OSC, Rasyani
5) St. George OSC, Kalamboli
6) St. Mary’s OSC, Dadar
7) St. Gregorios OSC, Ambernath
Tel.Land Line : 0251-2688880 Mob: 9970093259
E-mail : email@example.com
Positions Held :
1) Ex-MGOCSM Vice President
2) Distribution Manager of Diocesan Gateway
Home Diocese : Chengannur
Home Parish :ST.MARY’S MULAKUZHA
Current Position| :VICAR, ST.GREGORIOS ORTHODOX CHURCH, PANVEL
Seminary :ORTHODOX THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY KOTTAYAM
Date of Birth :Apr 19 1954
Deacon :May 11 1981
Priest :Apr 24 1983
Cor Episcopa :Nov 27 2013
Priestly Ordination by :H.G.PHILIPOSE MAR THEOPHILOS ,
& H.G.JOSEPH MAR PACHOMIOS
Cor Epicopa elevation by : H.G GEEVARGHESE MAR COORILOS
Marital Status :Married
Education :B.Sc (Hons).,B.Ed.,G.S.T.,B.D.,M.A.,M.Phil.,D.H.T.S.
Mobile : +919819225351
Permanent Address :NANKAZHA HOUSE,ANGADICAL SOUTH P.O.,CHENGANNUR.
Present Address :102,103,SUN RESIDENCY,PLOT NO 65,66,SECTOR 10-A,VASHI,NAVI, MUMBAI,MAHARASHTRA.400703.
Name of Wife : GEETHA VARGHESE
Occupation of Wife :TEACHER
: MR.JOEL VARGHESE
PRINCIPALS OF VARIOUS HIGH SCHOOLS IN BOMBAY.
SPECIAL EXECUTIVE MAGISTRATE BOMBAY
,MALANKARA SABHA MANAGING COMMITTEE MEMBER 1994-2002,
DIOSCESAN COUNCIL MEMBER
,GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER NAGPUR SEMINARY,
ETHICAL COMMITTEE PROCTOR AND GAMBLE PHARMACEUTICALS,
SUNDAY SCHOOL DIRECTOR
,VICE PRESIDENT MGOCSM BOMBAY,
CHIEF EDITOR GATEWAY DIOCESAN BULLETIN,
COORDINATOR PRE MARITAL COUNCILLING BOMBAY DIOCESE.
ST GEORGE ORTHODOX CHURCH,NASHIK
ST.MARY’S CATHEDRAL BAHRAIN
ST STEPHEN’S THANE,
With the blessings and patronage of His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos the Diocesan Metropolitan and the President of MGOCSM, the Youth Convention under the auspices of MGOCSM Diocese of Bombay will be held on Sunday the 22nd March 2015 at St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral Dadar as per the schedule given below. Rev Fr (Dr) K. Geevarghese (OKR Director of Sunday Schools & Professor, STOTS Nagpur) will be the keynote Speaker.
4.30 PM: Lenten Reflections
6.00 PM: Evening Prayer followed by Devotional Singing by Divine Ragas
7.00 PM: Keynote Message
8.30 PM: Benediction and Refreshments.
We wish, this spiritual gathering be of great inspiration towards more fruitful experience in the coming days of the Great Lent and participation in the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord.
We welcome all teenagers and youngsters to attend.
Fr Jacob Koshy
MGOCSM Bombay Diocese