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Orthodox Premier League Batminton Tournament concluded

12039203_823457951101095_7236569221271790056_nOrthodox Premier League Batminton Tournament organized by Nerul MGOCSM of the ST,MARY’S ORTHODOX CHURCH NERUL was held on 19th of September, 2015 at the YMCA,CBD Belapur.The event was a grand success,with more than 65 teams participating from 15 parishes across the bombay diocese.The umpires for the event were Mr.John Jesudasan from Chembur, Mr.Shaji and Mr.Joy from Mulund.The event started with an inaugration ceremony by Rev.Fr.Thomas Mathai followed by an inaugural match.The price distribution ceremony was graced by the presence of Rev. Fr. Jacob Koshy and Rev.Fr Thomas Mathai, Mr.Raphaiel secretary of CBD YMCA.The winners of the OPL are :

 EVENT:Mens doubles –

 1St:Reuben and joel (Dadar)

2nd:Melvin and jijo (Dadar)

3rd:Binoy and rusvel (Vasai)


EVENT:Mixed doubles-

1st:Rejjo and reshell (Andheri)

2nd:Joel and sonu (Dadar)

3rd:Annu and sherrel (Andheri)


EVENT:Women’s doubles –

1st:Reshell and sherrel (Andheri)

2nd:Simi and preeti (Nerul)

3rd:Reba and rebecca (Dadar)

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His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos took charge of Diocese of Bombay

12039667_822798901167000_37065890855061224_nDiocese of Bombay gave a warm welcome to her Metropolitan H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos today (19th September, Saturday) morning. His Grace reached Vashi Aramana gate at sharp 11.30. a.m.Hundreds faithful of the Diocese gathered Aramana gate around 9 a.m and patiently wait for their Shepherded with lightened candles. After the reception, His Grace conducted the Doopa Prarthana. Then Rev.Fr.Koshy Alex, the Diocesan Secretary read the Kalpana of His Holiness Baselius Marthoma Paulos II, the Catholoicos of the East and the Malankara Metropolitan.

 Then conducted a  thanksgiving prayer and followed by a Public meeting. Rev Fr Koshy Alex, the Diocesan Secretary, Rev Fr.Saji Thannimmottil, the Vaideeka Sangam Seretary, Rev. Fr. Jacob Thomas, Mr Konchukunj, spoke on the occasion. His Grace gave a reply speech and asked for the prayerful support of all priests and laity of the diocese. As per the request of  His Grace there  were no reception at the airport and no bouquet, garlands or shawl. After the public meeting Vaideeka Sangam meeting conveyed.

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H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos will reach Mumbai tomorrow morning

thirumeniRev. Fr. Koshy Alex, the Diocesan Secretary has informed that H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Diocesan Metropolitan of Bombay will reach Mumbai on 19th September, Saturday ( tomorrow) morning. There will be a thanksgiving prayer at Vashi Aramana Chapel  followed by Vaideeka Sangam meeting at Vashi Aramana at 10.45a.m. His Grace has requested to all the Priests  and Parishes of the Bombay that there should not be any reception at the airport and no bouquet, garlands or shawl and be present  at Aramana for the thanksgiving prayer.

His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos Reinstated


Glory to God in the Higheset!

The Holy Synod held today (on 15th September, 2015) at Devalokam Aramana, the Head Quarters of Malankara Orthodox Church, asked explanation to His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos  and on  the basis of  the explanation given by Mar Coorilis, Holy Synod decided to give back the Charge of Diocese of Bombay to H.G Mar Coorilis. You can read the Kalpana No MOSC/CMM/214/2015 here.

 You can read His Holiness’s Kalpana NO MOSC/CMM/214/2015 here.Kalpana_No__214_Bombay_Parishes_15_09_2015

  1. The situation regarding His Holiness Baselius Marthoma Paulose taking charge of Mumbai Diocese from H.G Mar Coorilos.

One Mr Joseph gave a compliant to His Holiness against H.G.Coorilos. Mr. Joseph in his complaint, mentioned that some Pentecostal Pastors conduct a prayer meeting at Vashi Aramana, the head quarters of Bombay Diocese and the laid their hands on believers and prayed; and all this happened in front of H.G.Coorilos. Along with his compliant he gave five photographs as his supporting documents. At the same time he handed over the copy of his complaint and photographs to a website called Orthodox Herald and the same was uploaded in the site. Soon the news spread all over the globe like wildfire through Whatsapp and Facebook. His Holiness got these reports from social media as well. After getting all these reports, His Holiness asked Mar Coorilos for an explanation and inorder to facilitate more investigation His Holiness took back the charge of Diocese of Bombay from Mar Coorilos.

2.Let us look to the Website news, Copy of the complaints given by Joseph and the Photograph to find out its reality.

1. When we read the news published by the Web site Orthodox Herald, the title of news item shows the name of the complainant as A.V.Joseph and the in the actual news news it is P.V.Joseph. So who is the complainant? Is it A.V.Joseph or P.V.Joseph? [[To date no one has knowledge of who this person is — probably a fake name]

2.Now let us look to the content of the news. The title shows that “Laying of hands by Laymen happened in Vashi Aramana. (Almaya kaivappu Vashi Aramanayil). But the photograph given along with the complaint is not of Vashi Aramana, it is of Chapel of Gregorian Community, a place situated in Roha, around 100 kms away from Vashi.

3. There are five photographs along with the complaint. Out of this five, four of them are taken from a Prayer meeting conducted by Rev.Fr. Simon Varghese, from Adoor and the fifth one is of an unofficial meeting happened in Roha Chapel. It is not an official program of our diocese. But His Grace participated in that meeting as an observer. And His Grace DID NOT attend the prayer meeting led by Fr.Simon Varghese at Vashi Aramana. From the above facts it is very clear that it was a fabricated news and complaint to mislead and misguide His Holiness and Church as a whole. Five photographs collected from two different functions were put together as though they were all together and given to His Holiness along with the compliant by a person called Joseph.

3. Details of the two meetings.

  1. Roha Meeting

The meeting convened in the Roha Chapel was not an official program of the Diocese of Bombay. It was a private prayer meeting conducted for the Marathi speaking people working and living in and around Gregorian Community. This was not a meeting led by the Metropolitan, who sat in for that meeting as a observer. Fr.Simon Varghese was the speaker in that meeting. Since he did not know Marathi, he spoke in Malayalam, and there was need for a translator, to translate the speech to Marathi from Malayalam. The translator was a local Evangelist from CNI Protestant back ground. He was not a Pentecostal pastor, but a missionary working among the local people, who do not know Christ. After the sermon and he voluntary prayed in Marathi, when the local marathi ladies came forward he put his hands on their heads and prayed. This was the time thirumeni when the picture was taken and His Grace was sitting there as an observer. If you look to the photograph closely and you can identify the local Marathi Women’s wearing their Saree in Marathi Style. They were no Orthodox Christians there and this was a meeting convened for the poor local Marathi people who are longing to know Christ.
[[This meeting of outreach for people in and around Roha is a good thing. The Church must open doors to the people outside. They must come to the Church and feel at home in the Church. They are not grounded in the Orthodox way of life. The Orthodox grounding and sacramental initiation can happen later when the people feel comfortable coming to the Church. The Gregorian Community in Roha is placed in the midst of the local villages and tribal areas and the Church has a mission among them which we cannot ignore. His Grace must be appreciated rather than crucified for trying to open doors for them].

2. Vashi Program

The four photographs given along with the compliant is the prayer meeting conducted in Vashi Aramana under the leadership Fr.Simon Vaghese. Fr.Simon Varghese is a priest who received his ordination from H.G.Mar Coorilos. Ten years ago, he got himself transferred to Kerala and was serving in the Diocese of Adoor. His Brother Mr.Thomas Varghese is the present General Secretary of OCYM, Bombay. When Fr.Simon Varghese planned a personal visit to his brother Thomas Varghese, Thomas Varghese approached His Grace and got permission to conduct a prayer meeting of two days at Vashi Aramana on August 23 and 24. Actually H.G.Mar Coorilos was not aware of present charismatic style of Fr.Simon Varghese and without knowing this fact His Grace issued a Kalpana in this regard. The main point we should note is that, His Grace was NOT PRESENT in this prayer meeting and no layperson laid hand on believers and prayed in this meeting. The only fault that happened was, in the absence of His Grace, Fr.Simon Varghese conducted the prayer meeting in his Charismatic style. This is the actual truth.


 Dear Friends, in this present society we live in anybody can disgrace any person through the social media. There is no place for ethics in the present society. Here, a great person, a spiritual father was tarnished by the social media. Lord have mercy.


Love Live Catholicos…Jai Jai Catholicos

അഭിവന്ദ്യ കൂറിലോസ് തിരുമേനിക്ക് എന്താണ് സംഭവിച്ചത് ?

11998935_816589791787911_6054802810263312520_nമലങ്കര ഓർത്തഡോൿസ്‌ സഭയിൽ കഴിഞ്ഞ ആഴ്ച വേദനാജനകമായ ചില സംഭവങ്ങൾ അരങ്ങേറി . സംഭവിക്കാൻ പാടില്ലാത്തത് സംഭവിച്ചു എന്നേ ഇതേ കുറിച്ച് പറയുവാനാകൂ. ആരെയും കുറ്റ പെടുത്തുവാന്നല്ല , എന്നാൽ ഈ സംഭവത്തിന്റെ നിജ സ്ഥിതി എന്താണ് എന്നത് ബോദ്ധ്യപെടുത്തുവാന്നാണ് ഈ കുറിപ്പ് .

അഭിവന്ദ്യ കൂറിലോസ് തിരുമേനിയെ പരിശുദ്ധ കാതോലിക്ക ബാവ തിരുമേനി ഭദ്രാസന നിന്നും മാറ്റി നിറുത്തുവാൻ ഇടയാക്കിയ സാഹചര്യം .

മുംബൈ ഭദ്രാസന കേന്ദ്രമായ വാഷി അരമനയിൽ ആത്മായക്കാരൻ (പസ്റ്റർമാർ ) വിശ്വാസികളുടെയും വൈദീക സ്ഥാനികളുടെയും തലയിൽ കൈവച്ചു പ്രാർഥിച്ചു എന്നും, ഇതു അഭിവന്ദ്യ കൂറിലോസ് തിരുമേനിയുടെ സാന്നിദ്ധ്യത്തിൽ ആയിരുന്നു എന്നും ബോധിപ്പിച്ചുകൊണ്ട്‌ ജോസഫ്‌ എന്നൊരു വ്യക്തി പരിശുദ്ധ ബാവയ്ക്ക് ഒരു പരാതി അയച്ചു കൊടുത്തു . ഈ പരാതിയോടൊപ്പം ഏതാന്നും ഫോടോഗ്രാഫുകളും ഉണ്ടായിരുന്നു. പരിശുദ്ധ ബാവയ്ക്ക് പരാതി നല്കിയ വ്യക്തി തന്നെ പരാതിയുടെ പകർപ്പും ഫോട്ടോകളും ഒരു വെബ്‌ സൈറ്റിന് നല്കയും , അവർ ഏവ വെബ്‌ സൈറ്റിൽ പ്രസിദ്ധീകരിക്കയും ചെയ്തു. തുടർന്ന് ഇവ whatsaap , facebook എന്നി സാമൂഹ്യ മാധ്യമങ്ങളിലൂടെ പ്രചരിക്കയും ചെയ്തു . ഈ റിപ്പോർട്ട്‌ കളും പരിശുദ്ധ ബാവയ്ക്ക് ലഭിക്കാനിടയായി . ഇതേ തുടർന്ന് പരിശുദ്ധ ബാവ, അഭിവന്ദ്യ കൂറിലോസ് തിരുമേനിയോട് വിശദീകരണം തേടുകയും , തുടർന്ന് തുടർ അന്വേഷണത്തിനായി അഭിവന്ദ്യ കൂറിലോസ് തിരുമേനിയെ ഭദ്രാസന ചുമതലയിൽ നിന്ന് താത്ക്കാലികമായി വിടുർത്തി , പരിശുദ്ധ ബാവ ഭദ്രാസനം ഏറ്റെടുത്തു.

ഇനി വാർത്തയും പരാതിയും , ഒപ്പം നല്കിയ ഫോടോഗ്രാഫു കളുടെയും വസ്തുത പരിശോധിക്കാം.

1. orthodox herald എന്ന വെബ്സൈറ്റ് വാർത്ത പരിശോധിക്കുമ്പോൾ പരാതി കാരന്റെ പേര് വാർത്തയുടെ തലക്കെട്ടിൽ എ വി ജോസഫ്‌ എന്നും , വാർത്തയിൽ പി വി ജോസഫ്‌ എന്നും രേഖ പെടുത്തിയിരിക്കുന്നു . അപ്പോൾ പരാതി കാരാൻ ആരാണ് ? എ വി ജോസെഫോ അതോ പി വി ജോസെഫോ ?11998377_817988001648090_63878944_n

2. വാർത്തയുടെ ഉള്ളടക്കം “അത്മായ കൈവപ്പ് വാഷി അരമനയിൽ ” എന്നാണ് . എന്നാൽ അതോടൊപ്പം നല്കിയിരിക്കുന്ന ഫോട്ടോയിലെ ചാപ്പൽ വാഷി അരമന ചാപ്പൽ അല്ല , അത് രോഹ ഗ്രിഗോറിയൻ കമ്മ്യൂണിറ്റി ചാപ്പൽ ആണ്.

3. പരാതിയോടൊപ്പം അഞ്ചു ഫോട്ടോഗ്രാഫുകൾ ഉണ്ടായിരുന്നു. അതിൽ നാല് ഫോട്ടോ ഗ്രാഫുകൾ വാഷി അരമനയിൽ അടൂർ ഭദ്രാസന വൈദീകൻ ഫാ . സൈമണ്‍ വർഗീസ്‌ നടത്തിയ പ്രാർത്ഥന യോഗത്തിന്റെ ത് ആണ്. അഞ്ചാമത്തെ ഫോട്ടോ (വാർത്തയുടെ തലക്കെട്ടിൽ ഒപ്പം നല്കിയിരിക്കുന്ന ഫോട്ടോ ) റോഹയിൽ നടന്ന ഒരു unofficial meeting ആണ് . അതിൽ തിരുമേനി പങ്കെടുത്തു . വാഷി അരമന യോഗത്തിൽ തിരുമേനി ഇല്ലായിരുന്നു.
വളരെ തെറ്റുധാരണ ജനകമായ വിധത്തിൽ ഒരു വാർത്ത ചമച്ച് , രണ്ടു സ്ഥലങ്ങളിൽ നടന്ന പ്രോഗ്രാമുകളുടെ ഫോട്ടോകൾ ഒരുമിച്ചു ചേർത്ത് ഒരു പ്രോഗ്രാം ആണ് എന്ന വിധത്തിൽ പരിശുദ്ധ ബാവയെയും , സാമൂഹ്യ മാധ്യമങ്ങളിലൂടെ പൊതു ജനത്തെയും തെറ്റുധരിപ്പിക്കുകയായിരുന്നു ചിലർ എന്നത് വ്യക്തമാണ് .

രണ്ടു മീറ്റിംഗ്കൾ

1. റോഹ പ്രോഗ്രാം
റോഹയിൽ നടന്നത് ഓർത്തഡോൿസ്‌ സഭയുടെ ഔദ്യോഗിക മീറ്റിംഗ് അല്ലായിരുന്നു. മറാഠി കളായ ആളുകൾക്ക് വേണ്ടി നടത്തിയ ഒരു പ്രാർത്ഥന യോഗമായിരുന്നു.. ഇത് മെത്രാപൊലീത്ത leadership നല്കിയ മീറ്റിംഗ് അല്ല . അദ്ദേഹം ഒരു നീരീക്ഷനായി മാത്രം പങ്കെടുത്തു. ഫാദർ സൈമണ്‍ വർഗീസ്‌ അതിൽ ക്ഷണിക്കപ്പെട്ട ഒരു പ്രസംഗകൻ ആയിരുന്നു. അദ്ദേഹത്തിൻറെ പ്രസംഗം മറാത്തി യിലേക്ക് തർജിമ ചെയ്തത് ഒരു ലോക്കൽ എവാജലിസ്റ്റ് ആയിരുന്നു. അദ്ദേഹം ഒരു പെന്തകൊസ്തു പാസ്റ്റർ അല്ലായിരുന്നു . എന്നാൽ ഒരു പ്രോറെസ്ടന്റ്റ് ബാക്ക് ഗ്രൌണ്ട് ഉള്ള വ്യക്തി ആയിരുന്നു. അദ്ദേഹം ആണ് അദ്ദേഹത്തിൻറെ മുന്നിൽ വന്ന മറാഠി കളായ ആ സ്ത്രീകളുടെ തലയിൽ കൈ വച്ച് പ്രാർഥിച്ചത്. സാരി താറു ചുറ്റി നില്ക്കുന്ന ആ സ്ത്രീകളുടെ ചിത്രം പരിശോധിക്കുക. തിരുമേനിക്ക് ഈ മീറ്റിംഗിൽ ഒരു റോളും ഇല്ലായിരുന്നു. ഒരു നീരീക്ഷകനായി അവിടെ ഇരുന്നു എന്ന് മാത്രം. അതിൽ പങ്കെടുത്തവർ മൂരോണ്‍ തൈലം മുദ്ര ചെയ്ത ഓർത്തഡോൿസ്‌ കാർ അല്ലായിരുന്നു. ക്രിസ്തുവിനെ കാര്യമായി അറിഞ്ഞിട്ടില്ലാത്ത മറാഠി കളായ ഏതാനും പാവങ്ങൾക്ക് ക്രിസ്തുവിനെ പരിചയ പെടുത്തി കൊണ്ടുക്കുന്ന ഒരു ചെറു യോഗം മാത്രം ആയിരുന്നു എന്ന് മാത്രം അറിയുക.

2. വാഷി പ്രോഗ്രാം
പരാതിയോടൊപ്പം നല്കിയിരിക്കുന്ന നാല് ഫോട്ടോകൾ വാഷി അരമന ചാപ്പൽ ലിൽ ഫാദർ സൈമണ്‍ വർഗീസ്‌ നെത്രത്വ്യം നല്കിയ ഒരു പ്രാർത്ഥന യോഗം ആണ്. ഫാദർ സൈമണ്‍ വർഗീസ്‌ അഭിവന്ദ്യ തിരുമേനിയിൽ നിന്നും പട്ടം സ്വീകരിച്ച ഒരു വൈദീകൻ ആണ്. പത്തു വർഷങ്ങൾക്ക് മുമ്പ് ട്രാൻസ്ഫർ വാങ്ങി നാട്ടിലേക്ക് പോയതാണ്. അദ്ദേഹത്തിൻറെ ജേഷ്ഠ സഹോദരൻ തോമസ്‌ വർഗീസ്‌ ബോംബെ ഭദ്രാസനം OCYM ജനറൽ സെക്രട്ടറി ആണ്. സഹോദരനെ സന്ദർശിക്കാൻ എത്തിയ ഫാദർ സൈമണ്‍ വർഗീസിന് , OCYM സെക്രട്ടറി യുടെ ആവിശ്യ പ്രകാരം ഒരു മീറ്റിംഗ് നടത്തുവാൻ തിരുമേനി അവസരം നല്കുകയായിരുന്നു. ഇതു സംബന്ധിച്ച ഒരു കല്പനയും തിരുമേനി പുറപെടുവിച്ചിരുന്നു .എന്നാൽ ഫാദർ സൈമണ്‍ വർഗീസിന്റെ ഇപ്പോഴത്തെ കരിസ്മാറ്റിക് ശൈലിയെ കുറിച്ച് വ്യക്തമായ അറിവ് തിരുമേനിക്ക് ഇല്ലായിരുന്നു. തിരുമേനി ഈ മീറ്റിംഗിൽ പങ്കെടുത്തിരുന്നില്ല . ഒരു അല്മായനും വിശ്വാസികളുടെ തലയിൽ കൈ വച്ച് പ്രാർഥിചുമില്ല. തിരുമേനിയുടെ അസാന്നിധ്യത്തിൽ ഫാദർ സൈമണ്‍ വർഗീസ്‌ കരിസ്മാറ്റിക് രീതിയിൽ പ്രാർത്ഥന യോഗം നടത്തി . ഇതാണ് യദാർത്ഥ ത്തിൽ സംഭവിച്ചത്.


സമ്മുന്നരായ വ്യക്തികളെ സാമൂഹ്യ മാധ്യമങ്ങളിലൂടെ തേജോ വധം ചെയ്യുവാൻ എളുപ്പമാണ്. ആർക്കു വേണമെങ്കിലും ആരെയും എളുപ്പത്തിൽ തകർക്കാൻ എളുപ്പമാണ് . ഇവിടെ സഭയുടെ ഒരു സീനിയർ മെത്രാപൊലീത്ത ഈ ക്രൂരതയ്ക്ക് ഇരയായി എന്നതാണ് വാസ്തവം. ഒന്ന് ഞങ്ങൾ പറയട്ടെ . ഞങ്ങൾക്ക് ഞങ്ങളുടെ പിതാവിനെ അറിയാം. ഞങ്ങളുടെ പിതാവ് ഓർത്തഡോൿസ്‌ വിശ്വാസത്തിന്റെ കാവൽ ഭടൻ ആണ് എന്നത് എല്ലാവർക്കും അറിവുള്ള വസ്തുതയും ആണ്. ഒരു സംശയവും ഞങ്ങൾക്കില്ല . ഭദ്രാസന വൈദീകർ മുഴുവനും , കൌണ്‍സിൽ മെംബേർസ്, ഭൂരിപക്ഷം വിശ്വാസികളും ഞങ്ങളുടെ പിതാവിന്റെ തിരിച്ചു വരവിനായി കാത്തിരിക്കുന്നു. അതോടൊപ്പം, മലങ്കര മെത്രാപൊലിത്തായായ പരിശുദ്ധ കാതോലിക്ക ബാവ തിരുമെനിയോടും ഞങ്ങളുടെ കൂറിലോസ് തിരുമേനിയോടും ഉള്ള വിശ്വസ്തതയും, കൂറും , സ്നേഹവും ഞങ്ങൾ ആവർത്തിച്ചു ഉറപ്പിക്കുന്നു.

The 92nd memorial feast of  Alwares Mar Julius Metropolitan will celebrate from 13th to 23, September, 2015 at  Panaji, Goa

Juliusthirumeni-238x300 (1)The 92nd memorial feast of Late blessed memory Alwares Mar Julius Metropolitan will celebrate from 13th to 23, September, 2015 at St Marys Orthodox Church, Panaji, Goa. Perunal celebrations and devotional address will be led by His Holiness Baselius Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicose of the East and Malankara Metroploitan along with Metropolitans H.G.Kuriakose Mar Clemes of Thumpamon, H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos of Mumbai, H.G.Mathews Mar Theodosius of Idukki, H.G.Dr Joseph Mar Dionysius of Calcutta, H.G.Dr.Yuhanon Mar Diascoros of Chennai, H.G.Dr.Yuhanon Mar Demetrios of Delhi, H.G.Yakob Mar Elias of Brahmawar and H.G.Dr.Joshua Mar Nicodimos of Nilakkal and H.G.Dr.Abraham Mar Seraphim of Bangalore Dioceses.  The Philgrims from Mumbai, Brahmawar and from Kerala will be arrived on 22nd morning. There will a padayatra from old tomb at St.Inez cemetery to Ribander Orthodox Church on 22nd afternoon 2.30 pm. The perunal celebrations include Devotional Adresses, Symposium, Holy Qurbana in Konkani and feast procession and Apostilic Benediction. Mar Alware Mar Julius Award will be given to Rev.Fr.T.E.Issac.notice-2015-outside-OPT1



notice-2015-inside-OPTThe life history of this  Patriot and  Saint is given below.

A Martyrs Journey

Alvares Thirumeni had a firm faith in the Orthodox Church. Leaving his fortune in the Catholic Church, he embraced the Orthodox Church.alvares-300x199

He was excommunicated and persecuted. He was falsely abdicated, arrested, stripped off his Episcopal vestments and taken through the street, only with his underwear, to the police lockup. There he was put in a filthy room without a bed or chair wherein the floor smelt of urine and faeces. He was also forcibly deprived off his cross and the ring, the episcopal insigne he was wearing. He was beaten and presented in the Court. But the Government could not prove the allegations and he was acquitted. After few days he was caught again on alleged charges of high treason but this time too the Justice found him innocent. He was not allowed to use his Episcopal Vestments till his death, he used only a black robe.

He suffered alone as forsaken by everybody, just like his own Master, Jesus. As a true Christian, Alvares Mar Julius Thirumeni suffered like the Disciples and Martyrs of the early Christianity.

Early Life

Antonio Francisco Xavier Alvares (Alvares Mar Julius) was born on April 29 1836 to a Goan Catholic family in Verna, Goa, India. He was initially appointed as a priest of the Roman Catholic Church in Goa. Alvares thirumeni was appointed by the Archbishop of Goa to minister to Catholics in territories of British India. The Portuguese Crown claimed these territories by virtue of old privileges of Padroado (papal privilege of royal patronage granted by popes beginning in the 14th century). The more modern Popes and the Congregation of Propaganda Fide separated these areas and re-organized them as Vicariates Apostolic ruled by non-Portuguese bishops, since the English rulers wished to have non-Portuguese bishops.

Successive Portuguese governments fought against this, terming this as unjustified aggression by later Popes against the irrevocable grant of Royal Patronage to the Portuguese Crown, an agitation that spread to the Goan patriots, subjects of the Portuguese Crown.

When, under Pope Pius IX and Pope Leo XIII, the hierarchy in British India was formally re-organized independently of Portugal but with Portuguese consent, a group of pro-Padroado Goan Catholics in Bombay united under the leadership of the scholar Dr. Lisboa e Pinto and Fr. Alvares as the Society for the Defense of the Royal Patronage and agitated with the Holy See, the British India government and the Portuguese government against these changes.

Orthodox Church and Thirumeni


Their agitation failed to reverse the changes. While he was a priest of the Catholic Church he was in search of the true Biblically Christian One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. He was against the false devotion and religious exhibitionism. He objected to the Concordat of the Pope and interference of the Government in the Church Administration. He could not withstand the harassment meted out to him by the ecclesiastical and civil powers. He went to Western and Eastern Churches and finally came to Malankara and joined the Orthodox Church. Being pious and considering his faith, his way of life and attitude towards his fellow being, he was consecrated as Bishop by Mar Joseph Dionesious (Pulikkottil), Geevarghese Mar Gregorios of Parumala, Mar Paulose Evanios of Kandanadu and Mar Athanasios (Kadavil) at Kottayam Old Seminary on 29 July 1889.He was elevated to the position of Metropolitan (Arch Bishop) with the jurisdiction of Goa, India (excluding Malabar) and Ceylon.

Thirumeni  lived at Colombo and Brahmavar-Calianpur (Kalyanpur), a village near the town of Udipi in the Canara Coast till 1913, and then moved to Goa.Alvares thirumeni was the first bishop in the Orthodox Church to celebrate according to the Latin rite for centuries and the founder of Latin rite Orthodoxy

Patriot and saint

This designation was given to Alvares Thirumeni by Goan historians. After joining the Orthodox Church Thirumeni was excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church. He was persecuted by the Catholic Church and the Portuguese Government. Though he was advised by some off his old friends to reunite with the Catholic Church, especially when he was very sick, he refused and stuck to his Orthodox faith.

 Since Thirumeni was not allowed by the rulers to work freely in Goa  he was mostly based in Canara region of Karnataka with the main base at Brahmawar. He along with Fr. Noronha a dear friend of Thirumeni  worked among the people along the west coast of India from Mangalore to Bombay. About 5000 families joined the Orthodox Church from this region . The region now falls under the newly formed Brahmavar Diocese and has strong Orthodox Christian population.


Mar Alvares Thirumeni had ordained two priests and a deacon from Travancore-Cochin area for Malankara Church. Besides Rev. Fr. Kanianthra Joseph Alexander, Rev. Fr. Lukose of Kannamkottu and Rev.Dn. David Kunnamkulam were the ones ordained by Mar Alvares. Fr. Kanianthra Joseph later became a Cor-Episcopa and was the Vicar General [from 1949 till his death in 1955] of the Niranam Diocese of late Thoma Mar Dionysius of Malankara Orthodox Church.In 1892, Mar Alvares consecrated an American Priest, Joseph Rene Vilatte, a native from Paris, who was titled as Mar Timotheus, Archbishop for the Church of the Mother of God in Wisconsin of the Archdiocese in America, with consent of Jacobite Patriarch H.H. Peter III of Monastery of Sapran at Mardin of the border of Syria and Kurdistan.

Journalist and writer

He started a number of periodicals including A Cruz (The Cross), Vardade(The Truth), O Progress De Goa, O Brado Indiano, Times Of Goa. Most of them were educative and supportive for the right of the public. As he was a critic of the Government, most of them were banned and forced to stop publications after few years. The Universal supremacy of the Church of Christ, Antioch and Rome were two of his books.


Alvares Thirumeni was a great Scholar, man of high principles and had an impressing personality. He opened a college where Goan priests were teaching Portuguese, Latin, French and Philosophy. In 1912 Mar Julius opened an English School in Panaji. Both did not function for long, due to one reason or other.

Social work

At that time Goa was frequently affected by epidemic like malaria, typhoid, small pox, cholera and plague. Alvares published a booklet Direcoes Para O Treatment Do Cholera(Directions for Treatment for Cholera). He was so concerned about shortage of food in Goa that he appealed to the people to produce cheaper food.He published a booklet Mandioca(about the cultivation of Tapioca).

Apostle of charity

 Though Portuguese Government dubbed him as a traitor, later he was considered by them and by all the Goans as an ‘Apostle of Charity’. In 1871 he started a Charitable Association in Panaji to render help to the poor, beginning with wandering beggars. After few years he extended the Association to other cities in Goa. During the last ten years of his life he concentrated his activities in Panaji. His home for the poor was having lepers, T.B patients, scavengers, beggars and all other destitute s as inmates. Since he was not having any income he was forced to beg with a bowl in his one hand and a staff in the other hand for support.

One day Mar Alvares requested a shop keeper for contribution. Instead of giving any money, the arrogant fellow spat in the bowl. Without getting angry His Grace told to him “All right, I shall keep this for me. Now, give something for the poor”.(He was very much ahead of Mother Teresa in that respect). By seeing the dedication and determination of the Arch Bishop the shop keeper contributed generously.

Last days and funeral

 His last days were in Ribandar Hospital, a charitable institution, ill with dysentery. It was his wish to be buried by any Orthodox designates, he was specific not to have any Catholic priest for the same. He died 23 September 1923. The citizen committee led by the Chief Justice, arranged a grand funeral. His body was kept in state in the Municipal Hall for 24 hours to enable the people to pay homage. All the newspapers were full of articles and homage about the departed. Though Thirumeni was considered an enemy by the government, the Governor General sent his representative to pay tribute to him. Thousands of people especially poor and beggars paid their last respects. Funeral speeches were made by high dignitaries. The funeral procession winding all the main roads of Panaji was taken and the body was laid to rest in the secluded corner of St. Inez Panaji cemetery on 24 September 1923 without any funeral rites.

Sepulcher of Mar Alvares

After four years (23 September 1927) his bones were collected by his friends and admirers, placed in a lead box, buried in the same place, under a marble slab with the inscription “Em Memoria De Padre Antonio Francisco Xavier Alvares, Diue Foimui Humanitario Missionario E Um Grade Patriota”(Padre Alvares a great Humanitarian Missionary and a great Patriot) and a large cross, still the biggest cross in the cemetery and is said to be donated by a very dear hindu friend of the thirumeni.


For forty long years nobody visited the grave. Some research at the initiatives of late H.G. Philipose Mar Theophilus and H.H. Basalios Marthoma Mathews I prompted Rev. Fr. K.M. George and Rev. Fr. T.E. Issac, the then parish priest at Goa, to fish out the location of the burial. The tomb of Alvares Mar Julius was discovered on January 1, 1967 from St. Inez Municipal Cemetery, Panaji, Goa by H.G. Mathews Mar Athanasios. The Holy Relics were translated from St.Inez Cemetery to St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Panaji by Philipos Mar Theophilus on October 5, 1979.When the St. Marys Church was reconstructed in the same place, the relics were shifted to the present sepulchre which was specially made on the side of the Madbaha, by the Catholicos of the Malankara Orthodox Church H.H Moran Mar Baselios Mathews II on 6 October 2001.


3aThe Holy Relics of the metropolitan has been entombed at the St Mary’s Orthodox Church in Ribander. Although congregation is small, the “Orthodox Church of Goa” has survived almost a century after the death of Bishop Alvares. The St. Marys Orthodox Syrian Church, Ribandar, Panaji celebrates his Dukrono (Memorial Feast) every year in September, during the week falling 23rd to honor this great Apostle of charity and Martyr.







MGOCSM Badminton Tournament from 19.9. 2015 to 20.9.2015 

11896017_809662255813998_669050616357031286_nMGOCSM has been working towards the all round development of our students. We are pleased to announce the Badminton Tournament – Orthodox Premier League “OPL” hosted by MGOCSM unit of St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church, Nerul from 19th Sept., 2015 to 20th Sept., 2015 at YMCA CBD. Kindly encourage the members of MGOCSM unit in your Parish to participate and enhance interaction and build up healthy relations.

All the queries and concerns on account of the event will be vested with the host unit.

The Schedule of the Tournament as well as the Rules and Regulations are attached herewith.

Please feel free to contact the following persons for any further information.

  1. Ms. Simi Johnson Cell No. 8976633071
  2. Mr. Bijo B. George Cell No. 8879 222111

Badminton Rules and Regulations (Boys and Girls Doubles /Mixed Doubles)

  • All the matches will be held on knockout basis.
  • From quarter final the games will be set of three consisting of 11 points a match.
  • In all the matches the players will be from the same parish
  • A match consists of 7 points. Every time there is a serve-there is a point scored. At 6 all, the side which gains a 2 point lead first wins that game .At 9 the side scoring the 10th point wins the game. The side winning a game serves first in the next game .Players shall change the ends after each match.
  • If players commit any error in the service court referee decision will be the last and final.
  • At the start of the game, and each time the side gains the right to serve, the service shall be delivered from the right service court .Only your opponent standing diagonally opposite of you shall return the service,
  • Should your opponent’s partner touched or hit the shuttle it shall be a ‘fault’ and your side scores a point.

Order of play and position on court-

  • After the service is returned, either you or your partner may hit the shuttle from any position on your side of the net .Then either player from the opposing side may do the same, and so on until the shuttle ceases to be in play.

Scoring and serving-

  • If you are serving or receiving first at the start of any game, you shall serve or receive in the right service court when your side or your opponents side scored an even number of points.


  • Registration amount is Rs. 150/- per person per game.

Yours in His Service

Fr Jacob Koshy

Vice President, MGOCSM

Diocese of Bombay




BasilGlory to God!


On August 22nd, 2015, Seminarian Basil Kuriakose – son of Mr. V. T. Kuriakose (Vattackattu House, Nechoor) and Mrs. Aleyamma Kuriakose (Panackamattom House, Niranam) – would, God Willing, be ordained as ‘Deacon’ by H. G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, Metropolitan, Diocese of Bombay, at St. George Orthodox Syrian Church, Borivli, Mumbai.


Basil has completed his Master of Divinity from St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. He is married to Ritty Basil and is blessed with a son ‘Elijah.’


We request your most valuable prayers for Basil and his future ministry in the Diocese of Bombay.


The Bi-Zonal Conferences of MGOCSM Bombay are scheduled to be held as under:

  1. Vashi – Kalyan Bi-zonal Conference:

Date: Sunday, 09th August 2015

Venue: St. Thomas Orthodox Aramana Church, Vashi, Navi Mumbai

Theme: “Come, Let us reason together” Isaish 1:18

Resource Persons: Rev Fr Kurian Baby and Rev Fr James Cherian


  1. Dadar and Malad Bi-zonal Conference:

Date: Sunday, 16th August 2015

Venue: St. George Orthodox, Mulund West, Mumbai 80

Theme:  ‘After God’s own Heart.’ (Ref: Ps.34:14)

Resource Persons: Rev Fr Philip Kuruvilla



Fr Jacob Koshy                                                                                 Dated: 04th August 2015

Vice President


മലാഡ് ഓര്‍ത്തഡോക്സ് പള്ളിയിൽ പതിനഞ്ചുനോമ്പാചരണം



ദൈവമാതാവായ വി. കന്യക മറിയാം അമ്മയുടെ നിര്യാണ പെരുനാളിനോട് അനുബന്ധിച്ച് നടത്തിവരുന്ന പതിനഞ്ചുനോമ്പ് ആചരണം ആഗസ്റ്റ്‌ ഒന്ന് മുത പതിനഞ്ചു വരെ മലാഡ് സെൻറ് തോമസ്‌ ഓര്‍ത്തഡോക്സ് പള്ളിയി നടത്തപ്പെടുന്നു. പതിനഞ്ചു ദിവസം നീണ്ടുനില്‍ക്കുന്ന ആചരണം ഇടവകയിലെ വിവിധ പ്രയർ ഗ്രൂപ്പുകളുടെ നേത്രുത്വത്തിലാണ് നടത്തപ്പെടുന്നത്. ഞായറാഴ്ച ദിവസങ്ങളിൽ രാവിലെ 6.45നും, 9.00നും ബുധനാഴ്ചയും, വെള്ളിയാഴ്ചയും വൈകിട്ട് 7.00 മണിക്കും  വി. കുര്‍ബ്ബാനയും, തിങ്കള്‍, ചൊവ്വ, വ്യാഴം ദിവസങ്ങളില്‍ വൈകിട്ട് 7.00 മണിക്ക് ധ്യാനവും, എല്ലാ ദിവസങ്ങളിലും മാതാവിനോടുള്ള മധ്യസ്ഥതയും, രോഗികള്‍ക്കായുള്ള പ്രത്യേക പ്രാര്‍ത്ഥനയും ഉണ്ടായിരിക്കും. പ്രാര്‍ത്ഥന ആചരണങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് ഫാ. തോമസ്‌ വറുഗീസ്, ഫാ. മാത്യു താന്നിമൂട്ടില്‍ എന്നിവർ നേത്രുത്വം നല്കും. പ്രാര്‍ഥനാ വിഷയങ്ങള്‍ക്ക്‌ 9869147050 –ല്‍ ബന്ധപ്പെടുക.

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