Madras Diocese Celebrating Silver Jubilee
- From the desk of H.G. Dr.Yakob Mar Irenaios posted at the Indian
Christian Orthodox Network (ICON) yahoo group
MALANKARA ORTHODOX CHURCH
CATHOLICATE OF THE EAST
SILVER JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS
"SILVER LINES 2004"
The Madras orthodox Diocese is celebrating its Silver Jubilee on Sept 30 and
oct 1 2004 at Chennai.
These are days of corporate rejoicing for the Madras Diocese of the
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, as we raise our hearts and folded hands to
God in humble gratitude for sustaining and enabling the Diocese to grow,
through the last two and a half decades to the blissful morn of its Silver
At this juncture we recall the services and leadership of the late H.G
Zachariah Mar Dionysius ,the first Metropolitan of the Diocese of Madras,who
laid the strong foundation and set the developmental tone for the Diocese
which was on the bifurcation of the erstwhile Madras -Culcutta Diocese in
July 1979.The present Metropolitan is Dr.Yakob Mar Irenaios.
The Madras diocese has come of age and has made its presence felt in the
spiritual, educational and social areas of life in this part of the country
and beyond. The SILVER LINES reach into Tamil Nadu,Karnataka,Andhra
Pradesh,Andaman& Nicobar Islands,Malaysia,Singapore,Austalia,New Zealand and
The Silver Jubilee committee has resolved to mark the event with a cluster
of humanitarian and social service activities like:
* Development of SNEHA BHAVAN,the Hospital Guidance Center near Christian
Medical college, Vellore which was started about 20 years ago in memory of
the 60th birthday of the late Mar Dionysius Thirumeni.
* Youth Hostels in Chennai,Bangalore and Hyderabad.
* Educational Scholarship for bright college students from low income
* A new Religious congregation(convent) and an Old Age Home.
* 100 Sewing Machines for poor families.
* A Free Medical Clinic and an English Medium School in the Diocesan Center
The Jubilee Public Meeting is to be held at St Thomas Nagar(St. Thomas
college Campus) at 4 PM on 1st Oct. The Meeting will be presided over by His
Holiness the Catholicos of the East and inaugurated by the Union Minister
Sri EVKS Elangovan.Sri. Oommen Chandy,Chief Ministr of Kerala will give a
special address. His Beatitude Thomas Mar Thimotheos,The Catholicos
Designate will Release the Jubilee Souvenir and H G Paulose Mar Militheos
,Metropolitan of Kunnamkulam will inaugurate the Jubilee projects.
Felicitations to the Jubilee will be offered by His Highness Nawab Mohammed
Ali,Prince of Arcot; Rt.Rev Sunder Clarke CSI Bishop(Retd.),;Dr.Alexander
Karakkal,Sabha Secretary and the former Vice Chancellor of Kannur
University; Rev Dr. K M George ,Principal
Orthodox Theological Seminary ,Kottayam; Mrs.Mammen Mappilai; Rev Sister
Annamma Philip,Principal,Stella Mary's College and member ,Minority
Commission ,Tamil Nadu;Mr.Zachariah Mani I R S (retd.)Administrator of
Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences; Mr. Reji Abraham ,managing
Director,ABAN Group of companies; and Mr. Kuruvila George
IRS,DeputyCommissioner of Income Tax.
Hierarchs and dignitaries of sister Churches and other religious and social
leaders will participate in the function.
I request the readers of the ORTHODOX FORUM to pray for the success of the
Jubilee functions and projects!
Dr.Yakob Mar Irenaios
Metropolitan of Madras Diocese