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Madras Diocese Celebrating Silver Jubilee

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  • Fr. John-Brian
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2004
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      From the desk of H.G. Dr.Yakob Mar Irenaios posted at the Indian
      Christian Orthodox Network (ICON) yahoo group

      "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
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