2nd Oct - Happy Birthday to H.G. Dr. Stephanos Mar Theodosius!
- Happy 83rd Birthday to H.G. Dr. Stephanos Mar Theodosius
H.G. Dr. Stephanos Mar Theodosius, B.D., M.A., S.T.M., is the
metropolitan of Calcutta Diocese. HG was the Director of the first
North Indian Mission center, St. Thomas Mission (Bhilai Mission) of
the Church when HG was Rev. Fr. K. K. Punnose.
Among others the mission center consists of
1. St. Thomas Ashram
2. St. Thomas Convent
3. St. Thomas Balagram
4. Diocesan Center
5. Jeevan Jyothi Balawadi
6. Agricultural Farm
7. Dairy Farm
8. Fish Farm
H.G was the founder of another mission called the Makodiya Mission.
The Makodiya Mission of the Malankara Orthodox Church was founded in
1986. Makodiya is a village located in the state of Madhya Pradesh,
India. English missionaries started the Macodia Mission some 100
years ago for the uplift of the Adivasis. In 1986 the Bhilai Mission
bought Macodia Mission Centre and 6 acres of land.
This is the only Adivasi village mission of this kind in North India
operated by the Orthodox Church of India. The Mission is operating a
primary school, a Balavadi, a tailoring school, a typewriting
institute, and an old age hospital.
H.G. has been instrumental in establishing an Orthodox congregation in
We thank Thirumeni for his dedication to the Church. We pray God
enables H.G. to lead us for many more years to come. The ICON family
seeks Thirumeni's support and prayers
- Dear ICON Members,
I had put across a thought regarding the above subject
which went beyond my good intentions. Anyway i request
you to contribute so that we can place before our
Administration a vision for Thrikkunathu seminary for
the future. We need many many Kalam's in our church.
Atleast we are not late. A few dreams from my part.
1. Ankamaly diocese has only very few churches. May be
20 and if we put together East and West may be a few
more. Out of which only less than 10 are finacially in
a position to contribute to the diocese. I strongly
believe it is the number of churches being less
compared to many diocese of south, a bishop is not
interested for full time appointment.
Therefore we need to attach an additional
responsibility to Thrikkunathu and it can be the
office of Catholicate designate.
I have heard from my grandparents that the orthodox
and Jacobite fight is basically a fight between
north/central and south kerala members advocating
their dominance. The strong hold of people in both
factions justifies it in their decisions and majority.
2. There are finishing schools in many places. Why
cant we have thrikkunathu seminary as a 6 months
residential finishing school for the final year or pre
final year seminary students? The curriculum can
highlight computer training, presentation skills,
interpersonal behavioural sciences, seminary student
enrichment programs, along with some theology
subjects. We can draw a large pool of resource persons
from our church. Thrikkunathu can have a hostel to
accomodate 30 or 50 students. It has around 6 acres of
3. The students of the seminary can themselves host
and maintain their websites(it is not a great subject
any one can do)and that of the church. It is lack of
training that they dont have exposure in many
areas.Many near by churches also benifit from the
finishing schools like they can come here for studying
Aradhana songs etc etc...
4. There is an MGOCSM owned student center in 45 cents
built by Theophilus thirumeni near UC College 2 Km
from Highway. Since now no longer we have resident
students in UC it is inactive.
MGOCSM can convert it into a great retreat center with
the resources of Thrikkunathu seminary and if
finishing school is a reality we will have resource
from our educated members.This center can also conduct
5. If it is not a catholicate designate office, one
resident full time bishop appointed can look after the
few churches of diocese and also be incharge of the
finishing school and retreat center which is a need.
6.I still has in my mind the atmosphere of attending a
sandhya prarthana of pazhaya seminary when all the
seminary students together reciting the prayers...a
heavenly feeling it was. If the concept of finishing
school works then thrikkunathu seminary also can have
such an heavenly atmosphere.
7. As you all know the airport is near by. Just 25 km
from seminary. All our bishops, priests or even we
members can stay at seminary instead of hotel or long
travel if we can have rooms.....
8. We have 2 schools under the diocese which can be
lifted or upgraded into a school of repute.
9. Only when we show genuine interest in seminary and
its affairs the other faction stop from encroaching
and people also feel attached.Now they know that we
are just a handful of people...
10. Last but not the least, when the seminary grow
from its yester years of complacency, more and more
youth and people will like to contribute coz the youth
of today are demanding and we need to accept change
that is happening around the world and move
I invite all orthodox well wishers to add more ideas
so that we can pass it to the administrators through
proper channel.....We have to make our presence felt
at Ankamaly...or else once this generation passes by,
next generation i can say dont have much involvement
in church activities in Metro cities......the proof is
MGOCSM, Youth movement of past years and present.
Thats why i say "Winning cases are not just enough"
atleast in central Kerala if we dont grow spiritually
from the place where we won....else lets dont file
cases and waste money and stop the fights.