Bombay diocese got a new Congregation at Rahuri
His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Diocesan Metropolitan,visited Rahuri and celebrated Holy Qurbana on Sunday 7th December, 2014.
A gathering of around 150 faithful attended the Holy Qurbana. This is the first time, a Orthodox Metropolitan visiting this area. Orthodox Church is having around 22 families settled in Rahuri, Sreerampur, Shirdi, Coppergaon
. His Grace arrived around 6 PM at Syro Malabar Church, Rahuri, there the faithful gave a warm welcome to His Grace, under the leadership of Catholic priests working in that area. and Fr John, Vicar of Syro Malabar Church, presented a shawl to Hihs Grace as a token of love.
A group of 30 people from Nashik Church also accompanied His Grace under the leadership of Fr.Thomas Philipose. After the Holy Qurbana, a small meeting convened. His Grace declared this as an official congregation of Orthodox Church under Bombay diocese. His Grace gave instruction to Fr.Thomas Philipose to conduct Holy Qurbana on every second Saturday morning, either in Rahuri or in sreerampur.
Fr.Thomas Philipose visited Rahuri on 18th August 2013, and conducted Holy Qurbana, first time, in the history of Rahuri congregation.