35531New St Mary?s Orthodox Church in Ghala fro m April 1, 2014
- Nov 20, 2013From: Liju Cherian
New St Mary’s Orthodox Church in Ghala from April 1, 2014Muscat: The new St Mary’s Orthodox Church in Ghala area which is presently functioning as a congregation will move out as a church from April 1, 20014 on wards after a new vicar will take official charge of duties from the beginning of March 2014.
Ahmedabad Diocese Metropolitan HG Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios will make the formal declaration of St Mary’s Orthodox Church in Ghala on May 15, 2014, during his next Episcopal visit slated to begin from May 8 to 29, 2014.
The real countdown for the new beginning will be after Christmas festivities, December 27 to be precise. An unanimous decision granting approval and use of the existing facility at Ghala was taken by the executive committee members of the Muscat Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka (MGOME) at its recent general body held under the presidentship of Dr Mar Yulios, MGOME Vicar/President Fr Joji George Koickalethu and Associate Vicar Fr Binu John Thomas who also attended.
During the Metropolitan’s next visit to the Sultanate, areas not visited during the present visit will be given due prominence. His Grace will commence his visit from Sohar and lead the St George Harvest Festival celebrations in May and travel to Buraimi, Ibri and also to Salalah St Stephen’s Church.
Tenure of Fr Issac Thomas, the present Vicar, of Salalah St Stephen’s Church will expire by May end. A new vicar will take official charge from June 1, 2014 on wards and a send off will be held under the leadership of the Diocesan Metropolitan during his May visit.
Selection of new priests for the Ghala and Salalah Orthodox churches will also be finalised soon, according to the Metropolitan. Both the appointments are likely to be made simultaneously.Liju CherianSultanate of Oman