PAUL’S ORTHODOX CHURCH, POWAI
St. Paul’s Orthodox Church, Powai has become a full fledged parish in the year 1993 and is an organ of “The Malankara Orthodox Church” of India.
Initially we have started a prayer group of 10 to 15 members under St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Dadar. The very first service was conducted by Rev. Fr. Paul Adai, on 10th March, 1985, at the I.I.T. Community Hall, Powai, and it was continued till the year 1990.
On 25th December 1990, the worship place was shifted to Ray Construction compound. Rev. Fr. Koshy Alex conducted the first Holy Qurbana there. Later this prayer group had been upgraded under the leadership of Rev. Fr. K.P. Lazarus.
In October 1992, a Charitable trust was formed namely “St. Paul’s Charitable & Educational Trust”. On the 1st of April, 1993, by the grace of Almighty God, our Valiyathirumeni (Late Lamented) H.G. Dr. Philipose Mar Theophilus and H.G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos declared this small congregation as a full fledged parish.
The prayers of the people of Powai was answered by Almighty by showing us a prominent place in the zenith of Powai Hills and we got a permanent place of worship. Under the dynamic and enthusiastic leadership of our then Vicar Rev. Fr. Scaria Varghese (Santhosh Achen), and the prayers of all the parishioners, we achieved our long cherished desire to have our own place of worship, in the year 1998.
On 14-02-1999, the foundation stone for the proposed Church was laid by H.G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Diocesan Metropolitan of Bombay. The construction of the Church building was completed within a short span of just 3 months. It was temporarily consecrated by Very Rev. K.I. Philip Ramban and the Palm Sunday Service was conducted on that day. i.e.28-03-1999 in the new Church.
After completion of the entire interior works of the Madbaha & the Church, the newly completed Church was consecrated on 1st& 2nd of October, 1999.The chief celebrant of the consecration was (Late Lamented) H.G. Dr.Geevarghese Mar Osthatheos and ably assisted by (Late Lamented) H. G. Philipose Mar Eusebius and H.G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos.
The cherished aspiration of our members for a new Parsonage near our Church was fulfilled by procuring a Parsonage in Mansarovar C.H.S., in the year 2002.
A newly constructed Cross Vault was consecrated on 2nd October 2008, by (Late Lamented) H.G. Geevarghes Mar Ivanios (Chief Celebrant), & H.G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilose.
The former Vicars of our parish were Rev. Fr. Thomas Panickar (1993-95), Very Rev. P.J.James Cor episcopa (1995-96), Rev. Fr. Benjamin Stephen (1996-97), Rev. Fr.Scaria Varghese (1997-2001), Very Rev. Thomas Kurian Cor episcopa (2001-05), Very Rev. Yaunan Mulamoottil Cor episcopa (2005-08), Very Rev. P.J.James Cor episcopa (2008-11), Rev. Fr. M.B. George (2011-14). Very Rev. Yaunan Mulamoottil Cor episcopa is a member of this parish.
At present Rev. Fr. Thomas K Chacko is serving as the Vicar since 1st June, 2014.
Today the Church is having a strength of over 128 families and having all spiritual organizations like Sunday School, M.G.O.C.S.M., Youth Movement, Martha Mariam Vanitha Samajam, “Akhila Malankara Orthodox Sushrushaka Sangam (AMOSS), Prayer Groups, Divyabodhanam etc..All these spiritual organizations are working fruitfully and instrumental in all the Spiritual Activities & Charity works. Our Sunday school is one of the best Sunday schools of our Diocese. Our member Mrs. Alice Koshy is serving as the Secretary of Martha Mariam Vanitha Samajam Bombay Diocese.
We have a Charitable Dispensary running smoothly for serving the poor and downtrodden. The needy are getting free consultation & medicines from the Dispensary. Our parish also provides educational, medical and financial helps to the economically weaker section through various endowment funds.