New Council for UK Jacobite Churches
- The Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Churches in UK region formed a new council, in presence of the Patriarchal Vicar for UK region H.G. Geevarghese Mor Coorilos.
His Grace visited UK Jacobite Churches from January 15th to February 4gth and celebrated Holy Qurbana there. On 24th January a special meeting was called for at London St. John's Jacobite Church, which was attended by the UK Churches and congregations Vicar, Secretary and Treasurer. His Grace Geevarghese Mor Coorilos presided the meeting and Fr. Eldhose Kaungumpillil read H.H. The Patriarch's Bull and Fr. Raju Cheruvillil read the Diocesan Bishops Kalpana. Fr. Peter Kuriakose read the memorandum, expressing the UK Churches allegience to H.H. The Patriarch, H.G. The Catholicose and to the Patriarch Vicar H.G. Geevaghese Mor Coorilose. Fr. Gheevarghese Thandayath welcomed the guests. The Patrirachal Vicar for UK Churches in His Grace's speech expressed the need of our members to have firm relationship with the Patriarch in Antioch and to lead a prayerful christian life to face the difficulty that may arise.
The Secretaries of UK Churches and Congregations read the working report of their Churches. The meeting also decided to conduct a census of Jacobite members in UK, with the help of UK Churches and Church in Malankara, in order to confirm people representations to the forthcoming 'representatives meet', where elections will be held for various posts. Until that time, a special committee consisting of 21 members, representing all UK Parishes Vicar and one member. The Patriachal Vicar H.G.Geevarghese Mor Coorilose will function as the Chairman of the Committee and Fr. Geevarghese Thandayathu will be the Secretary and Mr. Jiby Andrews will be Treasurer for this committee.
The meeting was also decided to conduct a 'Family Meet' during the summer holidays and the Committee is authorised to workout details of this meeting.
SOCM News Bureau - London