Zonal annual conference of OCYM at Abu Dhabi.
- UAE Zonal Conference of Orthodox Christian Youth Movement.
The annual zonal conference of the OCYM units in all the parishes in UAE was
held at St. George Orthodox Church, Abu Dhabi, on 2nd Dec 03. It started
with the Holy Eucharist, celebrated by the chief guest of the function, Rev.
Fr. Dr. K.M George, Principal, Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam.
About four hundred members from different parishes attended the conference.
Soon after the registration of participants and the breakfast, the Church
flag was hoisted. In the inaugural session, Rev. Fr. M.S. Skariah, President
of the Zonal Committee and Vicar of Abu Dhabi Parish presided. Mr. Reji John
(Zonal Secretary) welcomed the guests and the gathering. The order of
blessings and felicitations from the Diocesan Metropolitan H.G. Job Mar
Philoxenos, was read by Rev. Fr. Y. Thomas, Vicar of St. Gregorios Orth.
Church, Sharjah. The main theme �presence of Christ in the changing world�
was presented by Rev.Fr. Dr. K. M. George. In the afternoon session after
noon prayers and lunch, Messrs. Wilson Philip (Dubai), Mammen Mathew
(Sharjah) and I. Thomas (Abu Dhabi) presented their findings on the sub
themes in different aspects and visions. In the business meeting presided by
Rev. Fr. M.S. Skariah, Rev. Fr. Shaji George, Vicar of St. Thomas parish
Dubai, Rev. Fr. T.C. Thomas, Asst. Vicar of St. Thomas parish Dubai, Rev.Fr.
Y. Thomas, Vicar of Sharjah Parish, Rev. Fr. Ham Joseph Vicar of St.
Dionesius Parish, Al-Ain, Mr. C.G. Varghese, Secretary of Abu Dhabi Parish,
and M. Aby Paulose, conveyed their felicitations. In between the programs
the choir groups from each unit presented their melodious hymns. Mr. Reji
John read and submitted the annual report of OCYM for the last one year.
Prizes were awarded to the winners of different competitions conducted under
the auspices of the Zonal committee in the current year were distributed.
2nd Dec being the national day, a resolution congratulating the benevolent
rulers and the kind citizens of UAE was presented and approved. A special
prayer for the UAE and its all the inhabitants was also done. Mr C.P.Mathew
(Sharjah Unit) was elected as the Zonal Secretary of the year 2004. Mr. Bino
V. John, (Secretary of Abu Dhabi unit) proposed vote of thanks. After
prayer, benediction and tea, the conference was dispersed.