Annual gathering of Akila Malankara Orthodox Shrushaka Sangam(AMOS) of Bombay diocese held at Vashi Aramana on 30th November, 2014 from 2pm to 6 pm.
His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilis, the Diocesan Metropolitan presided over the meeting. Rev.Fr.Dr.Geevarghese K, the New Testament professor of STOTS, Nagpur took the main session.
Rev.Fr.Shaji Chacko, the Vice President, AMOS, Bombay, Rev.Fr.Jacob Koshy (Chembur), Rev. Fr.Thomas Chacko (Powai), Mr.Thomas Jacob( Secretary, AMOS, Bombay) led the conference.
Around 100 Altar assistants from different Parishes of Bombay attended the annual conference.
A WEEKEND TO REMEMBER ‘MARRIAGE – FAMILY GET TOGETHER’
A Spiritual Revival Initiative
The Diocese of Bombay organized a Family Conference for the First time as part of the Spiritual Revival Initiatives. The event was held from 28th to 30th November at the Indira Institute of Business Management, Sanpada, Navi Mumbai. His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, Dr. Jacob Varghese, Dr. Ginu Jacob, Mr. Samuel James, Mrs. Marykutty James and Mr. Manoj Mathew led the sessions.
Five threats to Christian Family Life, God’s Plan for Oneness, Purpose of Oneness, Husband-Wife Communication, and Resolving Conflicts were the major themes dealt with. Separate sessions for moms and dads also were held. 15 couples participated in the three day program and realized the profundity and depth of Christian Marriage. Every couple agreed that they could rediscover the power of love and oneness in the sacred marital bond. A candle light Dinner also was arranged which was really unique and special for the couples. HG Geevarghese Mar Coorilos celebrated Holy Qurbana and all the families received.
Mrs. Sujata Abraham, Mr. Jerin James, Mr. Mathew Cherian and Mrs. Nisha George conducted parallel sessions for the kids.
Fr Jacob Koshy (Gen. Convener), Fr Thomas K Chacko (Registration), Fr. Thomas Mathai (Food & Liturgy), Fr Kurian Baby (Chapel), Fr Joemon Thomas (Kids’ Sessions) and Mr. Jacob K. Varghese coordinated. Mr. RT Thomas (CEO of the IIBM) facilitated various arrangements.
Senior members of the Diocesan MGOCSM – Anup Alexander, Lloyd Joseph, Jijo Yohannan, Leslie Alex, Ashwin George, Jincy Valson, Megha Thomas, Linza and Divya Suseel rendered their sincere service as supporting team.
A Prayer Team was engaged in constant prayer in the premises during the event, coordinated by Mr. Thomas Varghese.
It was really a Weekend to Remember to one and all!
Fr Jacob Koshy
For more details of Spiritual Revival Initiatives in the Diocese, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
As the part of the spiritual revival program, the the Diocese of Bombay conducting a five day convention under the title Gloria 2015 from 21-25th January, 2015. This is the first time the diocese is conducting this type of convention and the main speaker of the convention is H.G.Dr.Yoohanon Mar Chrisostomos Metropolitan of Niranam. Other leaders are H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos , H.G.Dr.Zachariah Mar Aprem, the Metropolitan of Diocese of Adoor and Mr.Manoj Mathew.
From 21st to 24th then convention will be conducted in zonal wise in Dadar, Pune, Malad and Kalyan. Nashik and Surat zones will conduct separate conventions in connection with this.
The concluding convention will be conducted at St Marys Ground, Vashi on 25th January, 2015 from 4p.m to 9 pm.
- Fr.Mathew Thannimootthil elected as the new Vaideeka sangam Secretary of Bombay Diocese
The priest meeting, presided by H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos held on 27th November, 2014, elected Rev.Fr. Mathew Thannimootthil (Saji Achen) as the new Vaideeka Sangam secretary of Diocese of Bombay. Fr Mathew Thannimootthil is one the senior priest of Bombay and presently serving St Thomas Orthodox Valiapalli, Malad, as its Assistant Vicar. Achen is also serving Malankara Church as its Managing Committee member from Bombay Diocese. Congratulations Achen.
- Fr. M.B.George appointed as the new Assistant Vicar of Baharin Parish
H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Metropolitan of Diocese of Mumbai, appointed Rev.Fr. M.B.George, the present Vicar of St Baselios Church as the Assistant Vicar of St Marys Indian Orthodox Cathredal, Baharin. Achen will leave to Baharin on 1st December.
H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Metropolitan of Diocese of Mumbai, appointed Rev. Fr. Thomas K Chacko (Rijo Achen), the new ordained priest as the Vicar of St Baselios Orthodox Church, Surat.
- Fr. Benjamin Stephen appointed as the Executive Committee member of Bible society Auxiliary, Mumbai from Bombay Diocese.
Priest meeting held on 27th November elected, Rev.Fr.Benjamin Stephen, Vicar of St Stephens Orthodox Church, Thane to the executive committee of of Bible society Auxiliary, Mumbai from Bombay Diocese.
A Clergy meeting of Bombay diocese held at Vashi Aramana, under the president-ship of H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos the Diocesan Metropolitan. After the prayer, welcome speech by the Rev.Fr.M.B.George, Rev.Fr.Sam Oommen Panakkamattom delivered the devotional message.
Following were the main agenda
1. Election of New Vaideeka Sangam secretary and other appointments
2. Discussion on Spiritual revival programme activities
3. Any other matters permitted by the chair.
Clergy meeting congratulated Rev.Fr.Jacob Koshy and Rev. Fr Paul Mathew, who were completed the successful 25 years of their priestly ministry.
The meeting also welcomed and congratulated the newly ordained priests Rev. Fr.Thomas K.Chacko (Rijo Achen) and Rev.Fr.Varghese Thomas (Joemon Achen), on behalf of priestly community of Bombay Diocese.
Clergy meeting expressed deep condolence on the sad demise of Father in Law of Rev.Fr.Thomas Myalil.
After the the Presidential address by His Grace, the clergy meeting elected Rev.Fr.Saji Thannimootil as the new Vaideeka Sangam Secretary. Also elected Rev.Fr.Benjamin Stephen to the executive committe of Bible society Mumbai Auxiliary.
His grace informed the clergy meeting that, the present Vaideeka Sangam Secretary, Rev.Fr.M.B.George is appointed as the Assistant Vicar of Baharin Parish and newly ordained priest Rev.Fr.Thomas K Chacko assigned as the Vicar of Surat Parish.
After the elections, meeting evaluated the arrangements of Family Conference at Sandapa conference to be held from 28 to 30th November.
Meeting fixed the dates of following programmes
1. Priests family conference : 25th to 27th December,2014
2. Gloria 2015: Bombay Orthodox Convention: 21 to 25th, January 2015 to be led by H.G.Dr.Yuhanon Mar Chrostomos.
3. Annual retreat of Priests: 17 to 19th, February,2015, to be led by Rev.Fr.Boby Jose Kattiakdu
4. Tithe awareness programme will conduct immediately after Diocesan Convention in the month of February.
Meeting concluded with closing prayer and benediction.
Report prepared by Rev.Fr.Thomas Philipose
We are organizing a function on 3rd dec 2014 at Goregaon sports club which is called as the international day for disability.
On that day we are also inaugurating a Special School at Roha Maharashtra. Name of the new Special School would be after Gregorian community “Gregorian Special School”.
PRESIDENT- HIS GRACE GEEVARGHESE MAR COORILOS
O P K JOSHUA
ORG SEC -GREGORIAN SPECIAL SCHOOL
EXECUTIVE MEMBER & PROMOTER MEMBER-GOREGAON SPORTS CLUB
TRUSTEE-PUNARVAS EDUCATION SOCIETY SPECIAL SCHOOL
Dear Friends/Well Wishers
The Gregorian Community is a registered Trust, under the Mumbai Public Trust Act 1950. The Gregorian Community provides services to the under privileged in the secular community.
Presently it provides services to the old age community and a public school at Roha, Maharashtra. The community conducted a survey and identified about 400 plus children in the Roha area who are in need of a special school for the mentally challenged children.
The Gregorian Community is blessed with 75 acres of land in Roha and finds the compelling need to begin a school for the mentally challenged children.
The community is intending on becoming a thought leader in the support and development of mentally challenged children. This idea is supported by the present lack of residential facilities for the special children within Maharashtra.
We believe the availability of residential school in Roha will alleviate the burden placed on parents, of such children, who do not have knowledge or the facility to support or nurture their specially challenged children. As a supporting community we will be able to relieve the burden of anxious parents by supporting them through the upbringing process
The Community is based at Roha about 120 Km away from Mumbai on the Konkan Railway, on a 75 acre plateau surrounded by hills , forests and paddy fields – an ideal location to grow a holistic child.
A major motto of the community is service to the underprivileged.
We humbly request all the MGOCSM friends, well-wishers reach out and lend a hand to support the Gregorian community to provide the maximum service to the special children by coming for the inauguration on 3rd dec 2014 at GOREGAON SPORTS CLUB,link road , malad west at the banquet hall at10 am to 11 am and support for the cause.
OOMMEN P K JOSHUA
Event organizing Secretary
Rev Fr Dr.Bijesh Philip, Rev.Fr.Thomas Myalil, Rev Fr.Thomas Philipose and Rev.Fr.Joshy P Jacob led the perunal functions.