The 19th annual conference of the OCYM UAE Zone.
The renowned Malayali novelist Benyamin stated that spiritual organizations should be able to identify and alleviate the distress of those who are lonely even in a crowd. He was speaking at the 19th annual conference of Orthodox Christian Youth Movement UAE Zone which was held at the St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral in Dubai. While inaugurating the function he added that organizations of non- resident Malayalees like the OCYM will help them regain their sense of cultural identity. The conference began with a cultural procession to mark the UAE national Day and the rich heritage of Kerala complete with chendamelam, thalapoli, muthukoda and traditional attire added a touch of colour to the festivities. Zonal president Fr. T.J. Johnson presided over the function. Fr. Saji Abraham. Mr. P.G. Mathew, Mr. Babuji George, Fr. Lany Chacko and Mr. Manoj Thomas were other dignitaries who spoke at the function. The main theme of the conference was “The Changing World and Spirituality Rooted in Materialism” and Fr. Mathai Edayanal Cor Episcopa made a masterful presentation on this theme in the morning session. This was followed by an interactive literary discussion led by Mr. Benyamin on the topic “Christianity through the ages and in literature”. He spoke at length on references to Christianity in both western and malayalam works of literature including his own novels “Goat Days” (Aadujeevitham),Abeesagin and the Second Book of Prophets (Pravachakanmarude Randam Pustakam). He was presented with a ponnada by the zonal president Fr. T.J. Johnson for his contributions to Malayalam literature.
The edition of the Zonal OCYM magazine “Yuvadarhanam” that was published to mark the occasion was launched by Dr. Tiju Thomas, the Consul (Economic) at the Indian consulate in Dubai. He also distributed the prizes to the winners of the zonal competitions in various categories. All the arrangements for the annual conference were coordinated under the able leadership of the general convenor Mr. Abey Paulose, Mr. John Padippuram and the OCYM unit secretary Mrs. Jishi Binny
Greatest Challenge Today is Lack of Brotherly Love - His Holiness Baselios Mar Thoma Paulose II Bava.
Social and philanthropic activities should cross regional and language barriers. The main challenge faced by the world today is a lack of brotherly love. The Supreme head of the Malankara Orthodox Xhurch, H. H. Baselios Marthoma Paulose II Bava made this statement while inaugurating the Mar Thodosius Memorial award ceremony. He added that H.G. Stefanos Mar Theodosius was well known for his keen sympathy for those who suffered from difficulty irrespective of their caste or creed. He is a bishop who made strenuous efforts in mission activities outside Kerala, especially in remote areas of northern India to integrate such individuals into mainstream society by stretching out a helping hand.
Fr. K.K. Punoose was the first vicar of Dubai St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral when it was established in 1968. H.G. Dr. Stefanos Mar Theodosius as he came to be known after being elevated to the high priesthood was well known for his path breaking philanthropic and social initiatives. In memory of this eminent personality, the Dubai OCYM unit established the Stefanios Mar Theodosius Memorial Award for outstanding individuals who have in one way or the other worked to make life easier for their fellow man.
This year the winner of the prestigious Mar Theodosius award was Sr. Yulithy, who with Hana Bhavan in Pulikutissery, Kerala as her base has worked tirelessly in the field of social development for several decades. The award was presented to her by the supreme head of the Malankara Orthodox Christian church, His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Paulose II Bava,The Metropolitan of the Nilackal diocese, H.G. Dr. Joshua Mar Nicodemus presided over the function that was organized by the OCYM unit allied to the St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral in Dubai.
The general secretary of the OCYM, Fr. P.Y. Jessen, vicar of the Pathamuttom Sleeba Church Fr. James Markose,secretary of the OCYM UAE zone Mr. Manoj Thomas, Vice-President of the OCYM Dubai unit Mr. John.P.George, and Dubai OCYM unit secretary Mrs. Jishi Binny were the eminent dignitaries who participated in the function.
Parishioners take a Walk Down Memory Lane Through OCYM Madakkada at Harvest Festival.
The Dubai OCYM unit participated actively in the harvest festival held on the premises of the St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral in Dubai Friday, October 25 with a typical corner shop or madakada and a bookstall.
Visitors to the harvest festival rushed to sample a variety of delicious home cooked dishes at the food stalls like kappa and fish curry, beef and porotta and cutlets. The cultural programme too was a crowd pulling act with a ganamela by Biju Narayanan and dances by Sunday school students.
The madakada took all parishioners on a trip down memory by providing cups of hot masala chai, roasted peanuts, citrus candies in multiple colors and glasses of soda lime. In an era when such corner shops festooned with posters of popular movies are becoming increasingly rare even in Kerala, the madakkada was a sight for sore eyes and did brisk business. The OCYM Bookstall too attracted a lot of customers with posters, photos and religious and secular books.
Dubai OCYM Unit Members Bid a Fond Farewell to Mr. Alex Thomas.
Mr. Alex Thomas, one of the most active members of the Dubai OCYM unit bid a fond farewell to unit members at the farewell function that was held to mark his departure on Saturday, October 26, 2013. In true Christian spirit, Mr. Alex Thomas is returning for good to India along with his family to take care of his ailing mother. During his stay in Dubai, in addition to being keen participant in all church activities, he also shaped the future of many children in his role as a Sunday school teacher. He also functioned as the auditor of the church accounts for two years in a row. The vicar of Dubai St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral Rev. Fr. T. J. Johnson, Asst.Vicar Rev. Fr. Lany Chacko, Mr. Babuji George, Mr. Manoj Thomas, Mrs. Jishi Binny, Mr. Kurian Varghese, Mr. Varghese George, Mr. Rinu Thomas, Mr. Mathews Eapen, Mr. Philip Stephen, Mr. Babu Varghese and Mr. Abi Paulose spoke at the function thanking him for his many years of service to the church and wishing him all the best in his future endeavors.