14281Re: Dear Church authority
- Dec 6, 2008I fully agree with what Binto Varghese has said.
Remember we do not have a fully organised student wing which actually
is a big blunder continuing in our church in this modern world, since
the students, especially those going out side Kerala do not have a
chance to know about our church. IOCs have done that wisely. They
have student centres at key locations. We ought to strive to make up
places where our students can be put up for stay under the guidance
of a priest or a deacon so that they do not get exposed to other
preachers who are roaming about in student hostels of big colleges.
I do congratulate and appreciate the efforts of Dn Bobby for
organising a group in Palai. Such initiatives should come up. We need to have one in Changanacherry as well.
It is high time our church leadership took steps to reorganise our
I propose we should have a full time bishop (not involved in any
other diocese or activity) with priests under him for this purpose
alone (organising student groups,classes / seminars, building student
centres at various centres for accomodating our students going
outside for studying etc).Now actually our HG Mor Athanasius
GeeVarghese Eralil bishop can be given this responsibilty as the
bishop has got a lot of potential for the same.
I have seen a lot of letters in this forum regarding various issues.
But no one had brought up this real spiritual plight of our student
Another thing that Binto Varghese has written is worth noting.
We definitely need to have a lot of parishes outside Kerala. At
present there are hardly 30 or 35 in place of an actual requirement of around 500.No proper initiative is coming from the church leadership in this regard.
I appreciate the works of HG Mor Themothios Thomas done during the
time when the church was in dire straits and that was the need of the
hour. But now, the church has grown and become strong. So it is time
we expand. For this if we continue as only 1 archdocese we will not
have sufficient people to take the lead. So it is high time that the
outside Kerala is divided into 5 or 6 dioceses under more number of
bishops as the area to be covered is large and cannot be done by 1 or 2 bishops. Then we can concentrate on more areas and have faster development.
Singapore itself is an example. We should have had a parish long
back. It was only this year that we took the initiative to start
one. By this time we lost a lot of our flock. When someone projected
this in our forum,I found lots of accuses and teases from our own
people attending IOC church and some IOC member saying we do not have
the capital nor the money to start one.
But once the initiative was taken see now we have a membership of
around 160 just after 9 months.This is an example that can be
followed in all the places. One such example is Europe which was
organised in a short period when an young and enthustiastic bishop
like Mor Theophilos Kuriakose was given charge.
Many of our people are yet to come back in our parish in Singapore. They probably have a fear that lot of money will be required for
purchasing a church and have the fear of having to contribute. IOCs
have built their churches using our people's money. I have heard our
people in Singapore saying how they contributed for building the
other church. One person said one pillar in that church is built fully using his money as he contributed for that purpose.
But God is great . He has helped us in many places to build our own
church even if we do not have money.
Another thing that should be done is whenever we plan to start a new
congregation, our Bava should take the initiative to send bulls to
all parishes regarding this and ask to pass information about
relatives and others in that area to contact the concerned vicar or
So I pray and hope our church leadership will understand the gravity
of the situation and take effective steps.
--- In SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, Binto Varghese wrote:
Dear Church authority,
In Karnataka, we have nothing.. Davankara, Colar, Mysoor . etc are
the educational hubs in not only Karnataka but also India. Among the
students in that place 50% Christians students are Jacobite, .In that
region IOC have church and student center .In these students center
and church 50% are Jacobite and they are active too. In Mysoor there
is a Big IOC church, but 60% are Jacobite and Knanayaties ,they give
lots of money for building that church. Church secretary of that
church is Jacobite from Angamali Diocese. Please remember one thing
we have land there for building the church, but there was no
initiatives from church authority, our Jacobite and Knanayites join
IOC. "Areyum Kuttam paranjittu kariyam ella"
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