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5664"Seva Ministry" Started Relief Works For Tsunami Victims

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  • SOCM News Bureau
    Jan 2, 2005
      As the 1st installment of the pledged amount of Rs. 10 lakhs to the Chief Minister�s Tsunami Relief Fund, Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church handed over Rs. 3 lakhs to the Ernakulam District Collector. The cheque was handed over to the Collector by the Catholicos H. B. Baselius Thomas I in a public meeting, convened at the end of Puthencruz Convention.

      On Sunday, 2nd January 2005, the Church organized special prayers for the deceased and victims of tsunami disaster, at all Malankara Churches. The Catholicos issued a special bull asking all Churches to donate the offertory on that day to the Church�s relief fund collection.

      The members of �Seva Ministry�, the charity wing of Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, started relief and rehabilitation works for the tsunami victims of Kerala. The team, under the leadership of Seva Ministry General Convener Prof. T.C. Thomas Thandasseril, visited the coastal areas of Alappuzha, Karunagappalli and Oachira, and started distributing food, medicine and cloth for the victims of the disaster.

      Thomas Mor Themotheos, Metropolitan of Kottayam Diocese, lead a team of priests and representatives of different associations, and visited the disaster zones in the coastal areas. The Diocesan Secretary Very Rev. Kuriakose Kizhakkedath informed that the Diocese is organizing a unified meeting of representatives of all its associations on Wednesday, 3rd January 2005, at St. Joseph�s Cathedral, Kottayam, for preparing a strategy and deciding on how to implement these programme for helping the tsunami victims. The Diocesan Metropolitan Thomas Mor Themotheos will be presiding this meeting.

      Knanaya Diocese Metropolitan Kuriakose Mor Severios went to the control room at Kayamkulam and handed over the first installment of goods collected from the diocese i.e. food, medicine, cloth, bed and cooking vessels etc. worth rupees five lakh, to the Revenue Secretary T.K. Jose. Mor Severios was accompanied by the Diocesan Treasurer Com. T. O. Elias, Secretary Thampan Thomas, Knanaya Congress Gen. Secretary Sabu Thottunkal, Sister Hathunnai Dohan (Germany), Committee Members Alex Palakkuzhy, Sunil Kalluvettamkuzhi, M.A. Abraham Mattathil, Babu Palathra, C. Markose Karakkatt and T. Mathew Umacheril.

      Mor Severios and the accompanying delegation also visited government�s various relief camps in the coastal areas. Donations for the relief works will be accepted at Mor Aphrem Seminary, Chingavanam, until 10th January 2005, informed the Diocesan Treasurer Com. T. O. Elias.

      St. Mary's Soonoro Simhasana Church, Kochi, donated 100,000 rupees to ASIANET Tsunami relief fund. The amount was received by the ASIANET representative from Mor Julius Kuriakose, Metropolitan of the Simhasana (Pontifical)Churches and Patriarchal Vicar for Indian affairs at Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East.

      SOCM News Bureau - Kochi & Karunagapally

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      Malankara Jacobite Church Relief Fund A/C details

      Tsunami Relief Fund
      A/C # 705507
      State Bank Of Travancore
      Puthencurizu Branch

      Patriarch Center telephones
      00 91 484 273 2804
      00 91 484 273 2603
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