Fr. Thomas Philipose
Elizabeth Thomas, a second-year Master of Divinity student at Holy Cross, won the Best Foreign Film Award at the Universal Film Festival in Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday, October 1, for her short film “Anand,” about a “street kid rising from the ashes” in her native India. The mission of the UFF is to provide aspiring filmmakers with the opportunity to have their work seen and promoted.
“It’s a true story,” says Elizabeth, “about a boy who was raised in an orphanage and dreams of becoming a professional soccer player. His name means ‘joy’ in Hindi. I heard about Anand when I was working as assistant director on a McDonald’s commercial in Mumbai. A friend in Pune, where the orphanage is, told me he had a great story for me there, so I went and was really moved by Anand’s story. I gathered a crew, we had one week of intense shooting, then it took a month to create the film.”
Almost 300 films, both short and feature-length, from over 50 countries were submitted to the festival. With such long odds of winning, Elizabeth had no expectations apart from meeting other filmmakers there. Even a dear friend, Rev. Fr. Anthony Salzman (MDiv 1989) advised, “Empty your bag of expectations and fill it with memories and experiences.” Initially, she did not expect to go at all because the cost of getting there was beyond her means, but “my fellow students were so proud of me that they said, ‘You have to go!’” and the Student Government Association raised the funds for her airfare. “I was so touched and so grateful.”
Elizabeth arrived in Kansas City knowing no one, but as soon as her 9½-minute film won the top award—beating out feature films by more seasoned filmmakers—”all kinds of people wanted to meet me and give me their business cards. It was just incredible!”
Growing up in Mumbai as the daughter of Fr.Thomas Varghese,an priest of Diocese of Bombay of Malankara Orthodox Church,, Elizabeth “wanted to know where my talent was, what God wanted me to do.” Making her first film for a college course in mass communications ignited a passion for film making that took her next to film school and work on a Bollywood blockbuster—hardly a conventional path for a priest’s daughter. Yet once her family realized how determined and how talented she was, they gave their blessing for her to pursue her dream.
Asked why she is studying theology, Elizabeth says, “I realized that I needed to get a deeper understanding of how to be a light of Christ, so I can help shape people’s lives through film.” And why Holy Cross? “I had met some Holy Cross students and learned about the school through them. It is such a supportive place. And I am fascinated by Greek culture.
Like every MDiv candidate, Elizabeth will be doing a master’s thesis in her final year—in the form of a film, of course. She is not yet sure what the subject will be, but “God will show me the way. Every good thing that has happened in my life is totally God’s grace.”
Learn more about the Universal Film Festival at http://universalfilmfestival.com.
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Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”(St Peters Orthodox Church,Colaba visited Asha Dan)
“I see God in every human being. When I wash the lepers’ wounds, I feel I am nursing the Lord himself. Is it not a beautiful experience?” – Mother Teresa
The Church members and MGOCSM students of the St. Peter’s Orthodox Church (ARMENIAN CHURCH) visited the Asha Daan on Sunday November 27th, 2016 – a branch of the famed ‘Missionaries of Charity’. ‘Asha Daan’ is a Destitute Home that was started by Mother Teresa herself in 1975. There are 400 inmates and 12 nuns who live at ‘Missionaries of Charity’ (‘Asha Daan’). Sister Tracy, in-charge of ‘Asha Daan’ said, “I started working with Mother Teresa in 1972. Almost every nun here has worked, lived and eaten with Mother Teresa. So it was a proud moment for us when she was declared as a Saint at the Vatican City on 4th September, 2016.”
Asha Daan is home to 400 destitute people, orphans, differently abled and special children. Hindustan Unilever’s warehouse in Byculla,Mumbai, was given on a note of goodwill by Mr. Thomas on January 8th, 1975, to Mother Teresa, who with her Missionaries of Charity, have made “living” worthy, the 6 sheds of the warehousethat hundreds call their home.Housed in the 72,500-square feet plot that belongs to HUL, the company takes care of the home’s maintenance and upkeep. Today, humanitarians, socialites and educators flood the home with all resources at their disposal.
The members and the students interacted with the orphans and the old aged peoplethere. One of the older members who is in his 70’s said, “There are a lot of people who come here every day, especially on Sundays.We feel happy as there are a lot of people who come and visit us.”Few of the old aged people in the orphanage were overwhelmed to see the members and could not hold back their tears; many of them shared their life stories and how they came here.
Mr. Sudhakar who livesthere for the past three years said that he is very happy over here. He says,“We get good treatment over here. We get food, and in case of illness, we get medicines on time. There is nothing for us to worry about over here.” Mr. Rajesh, another resident, said that he lost his parents a few years before and had a skin infection due to which, his legs were to be amputated. He said that he was quite afraid of all this, but Asha Daan helped himin his suffering.
One of the sisters mentioned that they bring in children who are abandoned by parents and at times, people who have no one to look out for them come and get admitted here. There was also a person who said he lost his wife long ago. He has a daughter who got married and now lives in London. He said he misses her a lot, but she is sopreoccupied with her work in London that she barley gets time to visit him in Mumbai. But he is quite confident that she will visit him very soon.
One of the orphans in the home was very good with her artistic skills and makes greetings cards for all seasons. The members and the students appreciated her talent and purchased some greeting cards for themselves.
The members were all praises for Mother Teresa owing to her incredible missionary work. “Mother Teresa is really an angel from God. We are really happy that she started her missionary work in India. Seeing all this, we should think about Mother, who did great things for the ones who had lost everything. No one in this world would have cared with so much love and compassion as Mother Teresa did.” Said one of the church member.
The church members concludedtheir heart-warming visit by distributing cakes and chocolates to the children and bid farewell to the nuns and members of the Asha Daan, thanking them for the tremendous work they are doing.
St. Peter’s Orthodox Church (ARMENIAN CHURCH)
The Diocese of Bombay, organised a reception for HH Abune Mathias I, the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, on November 24, 2016. The Patriarch and other Ethiopian delegates visited the Cathedral after the inauguration of St Gregorios International Cancer care centre in Parumala, Kerala, and Bicentenary memorial celebration of Sabha Jyothis Pulikkottil Joseph Mar Dionysius Metropolitan, the previous day.The Ethiopian students, some of them from Puṇe and different parts of Maharashtra, led the reception ceremony with prayers and hymns in Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia and addresses by the dignitaries.
Rev Fr Koshy Alex, the Secretary of Diocese of Bombay welcomed the guests, followed by the presidential address by HG Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, who called the historic event ”a God- given opportunity to welcome the supreme head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Mumbai” and ” a blessing for the Indian Orthodox Church.”
Very Rev NS Verghese Cor-Episcopa, in his felicitation address called the event ” a moment of great joy.” “Whenever and wherever there is an Orthodox gathering, there is a sense of joy, love and fellowship which cannot be expressed in words. And greater is the joy when the Holy Patriarch of an Orthodox Church is in our midst,” said the Cor-Episcopa. He praised the presence of the Ethiopians in the parishes here and commended their “zeal, passion and devotion” to the Orthodox faith, further adding,” It is said, if you want to see a strong, orthodox person, then proceed to Ethiopia.”
HE Mesfin Gebremariam, the Consulate General of Ethiopian Consulate in Mumbai, graced the occasion with his wife. He praised the cordial relations between India and Ethiopia and called the visit of HH Abune Mathias I “a manifestation of growing relations” between the two countries. “Ethiopia values India in our socio-economic development, since the establishment of our bilateral and diplomatic relations,” he added, while lauding the Indian missions of United Nations in Ethiopia. He further added the historic commonness between the nations and the Orthodox churches is another reason to explore more ways to strength the relations. The audience erupted in applause when the diplomat ended his speech with “Jai Ethiopia, Jai Hind.”
The choir of the Cathedral sang a melodious hymn, followed by the felicitation address by the Director of the Sunday Schools in the Bombay Diocese Dr Sunny Pariyaram. The delegates and Ethiopian patriarch were presented with mementos on behalf of HG Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, Metropolitan of Bombay Diocese.
HH Abune Mathias I, in his Patriarchal address, expressed his gratitude to His Holiness Baselius Marthoma Paulose II, the Catholicos of the East, and to His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos Metropolitan, Priests, Deacons and the members of the Malankara Churc for the respect and hospitality given in his journey in India. “I am very happy to be among you, to meet you and see you this evening. I am glad to be visiting the churches under the Indian Orthodox Church and had the privilege of being received by HH Baselius Mar Thoma Paulose II, the Catholicos and Metropolitan Mar Coorilos.” His Holiness commemorated the Holy Fathers, St Thomas the Apostle and St Geevarghese Mar Gregorios and remembered their contribution to the Indian Orthodox Church.
Rev Fr Thomas Myalil, Vicar of St Mary’s Cathedral, Dadar thanked the guests, followed by a hymn, performed by the Ethiopian friends. The traditional drum played by the students while performing their hymn spread such positive vibes among the members of the church that made them sway on the beats of their songs.Ethiopian dignitaries and students were equally overwhelmed by the warm welcome given to them by the members of the church.
Sherlin Mary Rajan
Edited by Fr.Thomas Philipose
ഒരാഴ്ച കാലത്തെ മലങ്കര സഭ സന്ദർശനം പൂർത്തീകരിച്ചശേഷം തിരികെപോകുന്ന എത്തിയോപ്യൻ പാത്രിയർക്കീസ് പരിശുദ്ധ ആബൂനാ മത്ത്യാസും സംഘവും ഇന്ന് മുംബൈയിൽ എത്തിചേരുന്നു . വൈകുംനേരം 6 മണിയോടുകൂടി മുംബൈ വിമാനത്താവളത്തിൽ എത്തിച്ചേരുന്ന പാത്രിക്കീസിനും പ്രതിനിധി സംഘത്തിനും മലങ്കര ഓർത്തഡോൿസ് സഭ ബോംബെ ഭദ്രാസനം ഇന്ന് വൈകുംനേരം 7 മണിക്ക് ദാദർ സെയിന്റ് മേരീസ് കത്തീഡ്രൽ ദേവാലയത്തിൽ വച്ച് സ്വീകരണം നൽകും .ചടങ്ങിൽ അഹമ്മദാബാദ് ഭദ്രാസന മെത്രാപോലീത്ത അഭിവന്ദ്യ ഡോ . ഗീവർഗീസ് മാർ യൂലിയോസ് തിരുമേനിയും പങ്കെടുക്കുന്നു . മലങ്കര ഓർത്തഡോൿസ് സഭ ഉൾപ്പെടുന്ന ഓറിയെന്റൽ ഓർത്തഡോൿസ് കുടുംബത്തിലെ ഒരു അംഗ സഭയാണ് എത്തിയോപ്യൻ ഓർത്തഡോൿസ് സഭ. ആബൂനാ മത്ത്യാസിന്റെ മുൻഗാമി ആബൂനാ പൗലോസും മലങ്കര സഭ സന്ദർശിച്ചുട്ടുണ്ട് .എത്തിയോപ്യൻ സഭ അംഗങ്ങളായ അനേകം വിദ്യാർത്ഥികൾ മുംബൈയിലും പൂനെയിലും പഠിക്കുന്നുണ്ട് .
Ethiopian Patriarch His Holiness Abune Mathias will be facilitated this Thursday November 24, 2016 at 7. 30pm in St Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral – Dadar. The Holy father will be accompanied by 2 Ethiopian Metropolitans and H.G.Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan of Ahmedbad and other dignitaries.
His Holiness will be reaching Mumbai International airport by 6.00 pm. We expect them to reach Dadar Cathedral between 7.00-8.00 pm. Diocese of Bombay is hoisting a welcome gathering to honour the presence of these Spiritual Fathers in our midst.
Come and seek blessings of this Holy father.
His Holiness Abune Mathias I, Patriarch and Catholicos of Ethiopia, visiting Mumbai on Thursday,24th November
His Holiness Abune Mathias I, Sixth Patriarch and Catholicos of Ethiopia, Archbishop of Axum and Ichege of the See of Saint Taklehaimanot will visit St Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral – Dadar, Mumbai this Thursday November 24, 2016 at 7. 30 pm. The Holy father will be accompanied by 2 Ethiopian Metropolitans and H.G.Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan of Ahmadabad and other dignitaries.
His Holiness will be reaching Mumbai International airport by 6.30 pm. We expect them to reach Dadar Cathedral between 7.30-8.00 pm. Diocese of Bombay is hoisting a welcome gathering to honour the presence of these Spiritual Fathers in our midst.
Come and seek blessings of this Holy father.
Status : Celibate
Family Name : Panicker.
Parents Name : Mr.(late) Ulahannan Abraham & Mrs.(late) Accamma Ulahannan.
Native Place Address : Fr.T.U.Thomas, (Mudayamkulathu)Thumapasseril House,Pathamuttom P.O.,Sachivothamapuram Via,Kottayam Dist.,Kerala-686532.
Home Parish : St.John’s Valiyapally,Vakathanam.
Home Diocese : Kottayam.
Qualification : B.A.,B.D.
Seminary Period : 1988-1992.
Seminary : OTS,Kottayam.
Sub Deacon : 21st Dec 1991 by H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos at Old Seminary Kottayam.
Deacon : 26th Oct 1993 by H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos at Old Seminary Kottayam.
Priest : 21st Dec 1993 by H.G.Dr.Philipose Mar Theophilus at St.John’s Orthodox Valiyapally,Vakathanam,Kottayam.
Contact Details :
Present Residential Address : Fr.T.U.Thomas,C/o.Roy Samuel,S.No.99/17/1/16,Vijaynagar,Kalewadi,Pimpri,Pune-411017.
Mob No : 9689769260/9637799155.
Tel.No.Kerala : NA.
E-mail : email@example.com.
Present Positions :
Vicar : St.Mary’s OSC,Kalewadi,Pimpri,Pune.
Vaideeka Sangham : Pune Region Coordinator.
Divyabodhanam : Pune Region Coordinator.
Previous Parishes :
1.St.Thomas Vashi Aramana Manager & Chaplain of Aramana Chapel(Feb1994-March1997)
a.St.Mary’s OSC,C.B.D.,Belapur. (Feb1994-March1997)
b.St.George OSC,Kalamboli. (Feb1994-March1997)
c.St.Gregorios OSC,Panvel. (Feb1994-March1997)
d.St.Mary’s OSC,Rasayani. (Feb1994-March1997)
e.St.Peter’s & St.Paul’s OSC,Roha. (Feb1994-March1997)
2.Monastic Training at Coptic Church in Egypt(Apr1997-Sep1997).
3.St.Mary’s OSC,Vasco Da Gama,Goa(1998-2000).
4.a.St.Mary’s OSC,Dandeli (2000-2007).
b.St.Mary’s OSC,Hubli. (2000-2007)
c.Mar Gregorios OSC,Belgaum. (2000-2007)
8.Mar Gregorios OSC,Dehuroad,Pune(Oct2010-May2013)
The next issue of the diocesan Gateway (the official organ of Diocese of Bombay) is dedicated to Parumala Thirumeni
The next issue of the diocesan Gateway (the official organ of Diocese of Bombay) is dedicated to Parumala Thirumeni will be published on the 1st week of November. If any of you wish to place an advertisement for favours recd – Parumala Thirumeni or any other advt. please contact me at the earliest.
Rates are as follows:
Front & Back cover inside (colour) – Rs 2000/
B/w full – Rs 1500/
B/w half – Rs 750/
B/w quarter – Rs 300/ –
Fr Thomas Myalil (Contact No.7709867706)
Date of Birth: April 11, 1987
Status: Celebate Priest
Family Name: Muruthonpathalil
Parents Name: M G Varghese & Molly Varghese
Native Place Address: Muruthonpathalil house, Thekkepuram P. O, Ranny, 689672, Pathanamthitta Dist., Kerala.
Home Parish: St Thomas Orthodox Cathedral, Thottamon
Home Diocese: Nilackal
Local Parish: in Mumbai: St George Orthodox Syrian Church, Kalyan East
Qualification: MSc (Mathematics), BD,GST
Seminary Period: 2011-2016
Seminary: St Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary, Nagpur
Sub Deacon: April 23, 2015 by H.G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos
Deacon: May 02, 2016 by H.G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos
Priest: June 29, 2016 by H.G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos
Residential Address: A101, Shreekripa Homes, Bldg. No. 2, Opp. Sunrise Valley, Hajimalang Road, Katemanivali P.O, 421306, Kalyan East
Mobile No: 09967996954
Tel. No. Kerala: Not Applicable
Vicar: George Orthodox Syrian Church, Kalamboli (Since July 2016)
PRO: St Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary, Nagpur
CoordinatorSathya Jyothi Online Theoligical Education by STOTS, Nagpur
H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Diocesan Metropolitan, is celebrating his 67th birthday on 7th October.
H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Diocesan Metropolitan celebrating his 67th birthday 0n 7th October, today. At present His Grace is the holding the Presidentship of MGOCSM, Gregorian Community and Vice Presidentship of St Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary, Nagpur.
Mar Coorilos was born on 7 October 1949 at Kollad, near Kottayam, to Mr PK Kurian and Mrs Mary Kurian of the Puliyeril family. After his schooling, young George had his pre-degree studies at CMS College Kottayam. He took his bachelors in arts from the Calicut University and MA from Sree Venkateshwara University. He did his BD from Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam, and got post-graduate diploma in Pastoral Theology from Heythrop College London University and post-graduate diploma in Theology and Mission from Urban Theology Unit, Shefield, UK.
He was ordained a sub-deacon in 1970 and a deacon in 1974 by Catholicos HH Baselios Mathews I. Dn George became a priest in 1975 and served as Vicar, St Gregorios Church, London. He is known for his works among students and thus was serving the MGOCSM as general secretary for almost a decade. This paved way for Fr George to visit many foreign countries.He was elected to the Episcopal rank in 1989 and thus became a monk in 1990 and was subsequently ordained in 1991. Soon, he was appointed as the Assistant Metropolitan, Mumbai Dioceses, and worked steadfast with late Dr Philipose Mar Theophilus for the progress of the Mumbai Diocese.His Grace has held many positions in the church and other Christian societies. He had attended many international conferences and interacted with many communities such as NCCI, CASA, WCC, and CMAI.
Gregorian Community, The dream of His Grace Mar Coorilos Metropolitan is taking shape with the establishment of the Gregorian Community-at Roha, about 120 kms from Mumbai. The vision is to create a caring, sharing, and loving community of individuals rooted in the love of God and having a zest for serving its neighbors. The motto of the community is worship, study and service. It is indeed a religious community to work under the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, the Patron being the Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan, the Supreme Head of the Orthodox Syrian Church in India.The community is named after St. Gregorios of Parumala. About 77 acres if land has already been purchase at Roha and project work and infrastructure are under progress. A Community Chapel is constructed on the Gregorian Hill and temporary structures are made to accommodate people. An Old Age Home, A Primary School and Special School for the Mentally Challenged has been started.The Gregorian Community stands to promote value system by treating everyone made in the image of God helping and serving to build up the community and rejuvenating the talents and strengths in each individual It nurtures facilities for families to come together, serve each other irrespective of age, sex, caste, or creed. The Community wants to usher in spiritual awakening among professionals and also to foster inter religious dialogue thereby further tolerance and communal harmony.
On behalf of Diocese of Bombay, we are wishing our beloved Thirumeni a blessed Happy Birthday. May the Almighty God bless and Strengthen our Thirumeni, to guide us in the green pastures and in the true faith of our Church. Many Many Happy Returns of the Day Our Beloved Thirumeni.
Elizabeth Thomas (Priya)( D/o Rev.Fr.Thomas Varghese and Molsy Thomas) got an award of THE BEST FOREIGN FILM AWARD WINNER (short Film -ANAND) at the Universal Film Festival- 2016′(International) – held at Kansas City, U.S.A on 30th Sept.2016. There were 300 films from Fifty Countries nominated for the festival and finally short listed to 40 films, with a panel of Ten Judges, during the ‘three days Film Festival held , ’29th Sept to 1st Oct.,2016.
Rev.Fr.Thomas Varghese is a senior Priest in the Diocese of Bombay