St. Gregorios Orthodox Syrian Parish, AMBARNATH
HISTORY OF AMBARNATH PARISH
Ambarnath St. Gregorios Orthodox Syrian Parish is a registered body under The Bombay Public Trust Act Vide No-D/55,Thane.Today we have got a beautiful Church, a Community Hall, a Parish Office Room, a Parsonage, a Sexton’s accommodation room and a Spacious Basement Property in the adjacent building. More importantly all spiritual organizations of our Parish are actively functioning in our Church.
In the year 1965, a very small group of people residing at Ambarnath, who were then members of St.Mary’s O S Church, Dadar, took up the idea of conducting regular church services at Ambarnath to avoid the inconvenience of travelling all the way to Dadar to attend regular church services. They took up their that great desire to the then Metropolitian of Bombay Diocese and the Catholicose of the East, H.H. Moran Mar Baselious Mathews I, who was kind enough to recognize this group as an independent congregation from August 1973 and gave consent to conduct Holy Qurbana at Ambarnath once in month and the same was conducted in the Fatima School Hall.
On 4th Nov, 1979, the then Metropolitian of Bombay Diocese Late H.G. Dr. Philipose Mar Theophilus declared the Ambarnath Congregation, which consisted of some 33 members ass an independent Parish after the Blessed name of St. Gregorios OF Parumala. By November 1980, we purchased a plot land at Ambarnath –West, where the present Church is situated.
On 3rd October 1982, Late Lamented H.G. Dr. Philipose Mar Theophilus laid the foundation stone of the church building. With the dedicated leadership of our then vicar Rev.Fr. P.J.James and the whole –hearted co-operation and support of the parish members, the construction of the ground floor of the Church building was completed by the middle of 1984 and a temporary Consecration of the Church was conducted on 4th Sept, 1984 by Late H.G. Dr. Philipose Mar Theophilus. The parish members then had the vision of constructing a Community Hall on the first floor of the Church building to carry on their allied spiritual activities and hence the formal consecration was deferred to a future date.
Later on a community hall was constructed on the the first floor of the church building and a separate of the Church building and a separate office room of the parish was also built up in the Church premises. By then, with the active co-operation of the Bombay Diocese we got one full time Priest allotted for our Parish to conduct Holy Qurbana on all Sundays and other allied spiritual activities of the parish. We have also purchased a parsonage near the Church for providing accommodation to our Priest.
The final and formal consecration of our church was conducted on 20th and 21st of February, 1999 at the blessed hands of H.G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the present Metropolitan of Mumbai Diocese.
In 2002, thanks to the keen interest and initiative of the then Vicar Rev.Fr. M.E. Joseph , our Parish was fortunate enough to get the Holy Relics of our patron saint Parumala Thirumeni installed in our Church at the blessed hands of Late Lamented H.G. Dr. Stephanos Mar Thevodosios, the then Metroplitan of Calcutta Diocese on 09-11-2002.
Also in 2006,we could construct a kurishmthotti adjacent to our Church under the guidance of the then vicar Rev Fr. T.A Daniel and it was consecrated and dedicated to our Church by H.G Kuriakose Mar Clemis, the Metropolitan of Thumpamon Diocese on 17-11-2006.
We have great pleasure to state that by now our Parish had developed into a full fledged Church with 102 subscribing members and fortunate enough to have the services of eminent priest with great administrative acumen and total dedication which helped the continuous growth and progess of our Parish .Rev Fr.T.P.Mathew, Fr. Thomas Kurian, Fr. George Joseph, Fr. P.J.James,Fr.T.A.Daniel.Fr.Jiji Thomas, Fr. Mathew Mathew, Fr. Benjamin Stephen, Fr. Benjamin S.Philip. Fr. A.V.Paulose. Fr. M.E.Joseph,Fr. George Varghese and Fr. Kurian Baby rendered their services as former Vicars of this Parish since its inception. Rev.Fr.Koshy George is the present Vicar and under his leadership and guidance various spiritual Organizations like the prayer group, Martha Mariam Vanita Samaajam, M.G.O.C.S.M and Sunday school are functioning smoothly and effectively