St.Thomas Dubai OCYM Unit Registers Strong Protest at the attack on Thrikunnatth seminary.
In the meeting of the Dubai OCYM unit that was held on February 7, 2014, the unit registered its strong protest at the attack on the Thrikunnath seminary in Aluva. Mr. Manoj Thomas , former OCYM zonal secretary presided over the meeting. Mr. Jibu Kurian, GOYC secretary made the introductory speech giving an outline of the Thrikunnatth seminary issue. Former member of the Dubai OCYM unit and ardent sabha supporter, Mr. Thampy spoke at length on the history of the Thrikunnath seminary right from the day it was established to the present day. The floor was then opened to questions.
Mr. Anto Abraham, secretary of the Dubai unit proceeded to read a resolution condemning the attack. A candlelit pledge was then held in which all OCYM unit memebrs reiterated their commitment to the Malankara Syrian Orthodox and to the Catholicos. Discussions were then held about the arrangements for the upcoming Pethratha food fest and the meeting dispersed after prayer and benediction.
Eighth Memorial of HH Baselios Marthoma Mathews II
St. Thomas OCYM conducted the eighth memorial of HH Baselios Marthoma Mathews II on January 31st,2014. Mr.Babu Varghese presided over the meeting.
Mr. Jobinse.P.John, Mr.Binu Zachriah and Mr.Rony Karichal spoke briefly about his leadership qualities, contributions towards education and monastery. The cultural wing of St.Thomas OCYM (Dhwani), presented a documentary about the life history of Thirumeni. His life was a great witness to all individuals.
The meeting concluded with prayer and benediction. The members who attended the meeting were enlightened.
The Grand mother of Mr Shiju Thankachan (Joint Secretary O.C.Y.M Dubai) passed away on 24th Jan 2014.The funeral service will be held on 25th Jan 2014 at 12:30 P.M in Mar Yacob Burdhana Church Ampalathumkala, Kottarakara.
Dubai OCYM express Sincere Condolences to the family of Mr Shiju Thankachan.
Inauguration of OCYM Activities for 2014
January 19, Dubai – The inauguration of the St. Thomas Orthodox Christian Youth Movement’s activities of
this year was held today with His Grace Dr. Yuhanon Mar Demetrios, Metropolitan of the Delhi Diocese lighting
the inaugural lamp. The meeting began with a Bible reading by Mrs. Beryl Jinu and a prayer song
by the Dhwani team. The Vice-President, Mr. Biju Thankachan welcomed the dignitaries and all youth
movement members to the gathering.
In his presidential address, Fr. T.J. Johnson exhorted OCYM members to continue to lend their support
all parish and community activities.
Secretary Mr. Anto Abraham presented the planned programme chart for the year 2014.
Rev. Fr. Lani Chacko, P.G. Mathew (Sabha Managing committee member), Mr.Thomas.K Monachan
(church secretary),Mr.Sunil.C,Baby (Church Trustee) spoke at the
function. Mr. Shiju Thankachan, the joint secretary offered the vote of thanks.Around 100 people participated in the function.
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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.