Melbourne St.George J. S. O. Parish gave Farewell to Rev. Fr. Ullas Varkey
- Moderators of SOCM
The members of Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church in Melbourne, Australia, bid farewell to their vicar Rev. Fr. Ullas Varkey, the newly nominated Bishop of Kozhikode Diocese. Fr. Ullas, in his farewell speech at Church on Sunday, 3rd August, said that it will be his last Holy Qurbono in that Church, as its Vicar.
After the Holy Qurbana, a farewell meeting was organized by the Church, which was attended by Revered fathers from other Major Episcopal Churches. Trustee Mr. Iwan John welcomed the gathering and Very Rev. Fr. Sikander Cor-Episcopa of SOC, Rev. Fr. Chacko, Vicar of St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Rev. Fr. Boby of Marthoma Church, Rev. Fr. John, Fr. Dr. Santi and Fr. Jose from Catholic Church delivered facilitation to the nominated Bishop.
Mr. Joy Alexander, Vice President of Melbourne Church, presented a memorable gift to Fr. Ullas Varkey, on behalf of the parish. Mr. George Kurian, Vice President of Youth Association also presented a gift to the Vicar. The Secretary Mr. Thomas Abraham, Mrs. Susan George, Vice-Principal of Sunday School, Mrs. Madhu Iwan, Vice President of Martha Mariam Vanitha Samajam also delivered facilitation and greetings.
Mr. Jacob Cherian proposed the vote of thanks.
In his reply speech, Fr. Ullas Varkey expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to every member of the parish for their support extended to him during his tenure as the Vicar. He also expressed his thanks to the special guests of the day. The farewell meeting witnessed several emotional scenes and it was concluded with the prayer by the Vicar.
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T J Eldose