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Funeral Service of H.G.Dr.Mar Theophilus

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H.G. Dr. Zachariah Mar Theophilos Metropolitan, very well known as Bishop of Poor, of the malabar Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church departed this life today at Calicut, Kerala at 3.40 p.m, to return to our Lord.For the last year His Grace was a Cancer patient. Funeral services will be held at Christsiksha Asram, Coimbatore.
His Grace, a member of St Geroge Orthodox Church, Chengaroor, was born on 16 September 1952 to Mr MP Chandapillai and Mrs Achamma Chandapillai, Manjanamkuzhiyil, Puthussery South Post, Kallupara, Thiruvalla. He had his early education in local schools at Kallupara, and college education at Marthoma College, Thiruvalla. After taking his Bachelors Degree in Science (BSc Maths) from the University of Kerala, he joined Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam, for theological studies. After his Graduate Degree in Sacred Theology (GST) from Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam, he joined the Bachelor of Divinity (BD) degree at the Senate of Serampore University. After taking his MTh from FFRRC, Serampore, he completed research studies in “Bible and Holy Land Past and Present” at St George College, Jerusalem. The St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, New Jersey, USA, conferred on him a Degree of Doctor of Ministry in the faculty of Theology for his dissertation, “Strengthening Prayer Life in Parishes.
He has widely travelled in the Gulf and European countries. He received the order of Deacon from His Grace Yoohanon Mar Severios in 1977. On 15 May 1991, His Grace Dr Philipose Mar Theophilose Metropolitan ordained him a Priest at St George Orthodox Church, Chengannur. He served the church as fulltime General Secretary of MGOCSM from 1999 onward and held the post of Warden, Student Centre, Trivandrum and Kottayam, Visiting Faculty of St Basil Bible School, Sasthamcotta, Governing Board Member of Thadakam and Manganam Ashrams. “. On 5th March, 2005, His Grace ordained as a High Piest of Malankara Orthodox Church and given the charge of Diocese of Malabar.
Besides being a scholar, His Grace is an exceptionally good organizer and a preacher. His Grace is given the charge of Malabar Diocese
May the Lord repose his soul in a paradise of Joy and make his Memory to be Eternal.

His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulos II attended an official reception organized by the Catholic Bishops Conference at Max-Liebermann-Haus in Berlin Mitte.

His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulos II attended an official reception organized by the Catholic Bishops Conference at Max-Liebermann-Haus in Berlin Mitte.

The reception was hosted by His Eminence Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbihop of Munich and Freising, and was attended by His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Episcopate for the Coptic Orthodox Church, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, and His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II of SOCA

His Holiness the Catholicos of the East and rest of the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches were received by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Honourable Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Yesterday evening His Holiness Moran Mar Baselius Marthoma Paulos II and rest of the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches were received by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Honourable Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The heads of the Churches present were: His Holiness Pope Tawdros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church, His Holiness Catholicos Karekin II of the Armenian Apostolic Church, His Holiness Ignatius Aprem Karim of the Syriac Orthodox Church and His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Paulose II of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. The President enquirer on the present situations of the Christian Churches in all the respective countries of the delegation. With regards to the St. Thomas Christians in India, His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, responded on saying that though a minority in India, the status and dignity of the Church has been well respected and maintained by the Government of India. He further expresses his wish and hope that for the rest of the world this peaceful coexistence of different religions in India can be a motivation. Later in the evening the Evangelical Church in Germany hosted a dinner in respect to the whole of the delegation.

As you know 500 years of Reformation and the Martin Luther Jubilium is being celebrated in a big way in Germany. The year long formal celebrations come to a close this month.The Protestant churches in Germany have invited the Oriental Orthodox Churches for a Dialogue in Berlin. .After the Berlin Dialogue, His Holiness and the delegation have been invited to the University of Goettingen where His Holiness is being conferred with the Lossky Medal of Honor by the University.

H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos Reached Bahrain

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The Annual General Meeting /Diocesan Assembly of Bombay Diocese will be held today at Vashi Aramana

The Annual General Meeting /Diocesan Assembly of Bombay Diocese will be held on 29th August 2017 at 10.30 am at Vashi Aramana under the  Presidentship of Diocesan Metropolitan H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos. 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


An appology for the wrong Information...

His Holiness the Catholicos of the East, is the only Chief guest attending the function at Ethiopia. As per the invitation from His Holinees Aboona Mathias, the Patriarch of Ethiopia, His Holiness Moran Mar Baselius Marthoma Paulos II, the Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan is visiting Ethiopia in the last week of Sptember, 2017. His Holiness will  attend the Celebration of Ethiopian Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross  along with  His Holiness Mathias, the Patriarch of Ethiopia,and with 10 lakhs of Ethiopian Orthodox Faithful. A delegation of 60 Pilgrims from Malankara  under the leadership of H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos of Diocese of Bombay also attending the functions. They are reaching Ethiopia on the part of their 19 days Pilgrimage  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.



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

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