48th Annual Day Celebration of St. Thomas Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Mission, Bhilai & Silver Jubilee Celebration of St. Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary, Nagpur
“Education is a fundamental right of every Indian child- Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam . This lines aptly describes the mission and vision of Bishop His Grace Dr. Stephanos Mar Thedosius of Blessed Memory, the founder Manager of MGM Group of Institutions. MGM Fest 2019 , a three day cultural and sports event was organized at the Christian College of Engineering and technology (CCET) Bhilai on a grand scale with great fervor to commemorate the Visionary Bishop Mar Theodosius. The mega event was organized to bring all the 31 schools run by St. Thomas Mission and Calcutta Diocese of Indian Orthodox Church under one umbrella and to evoke a feeling of unity and fraternity. These 31 Schools along with the 3 Colleges are popularly known as MGM (Mar Gregorios Memorial) Group of Educational Institutions. More than 1300 students from the states of Odisha, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh participated in the event including 200 Principals , teachers , sports and cultural in charges.
The spectacular event commenced with a Torch Rally flagged off from the Tomb of H.G. Dr. Stephanos Mar Theodosius and crossing Gurudwara chowk , Kailash Nagar and concluding at the campus of Christian College of Engineering & Technology (CCET), Bhilai. Thereafter the MGM FEST ’19 flag was hoisted by the Chief Guest Shri. V Vikraman , DIG, Sashatra Seema Bal followed by the Lighting of Ceremonial Torch. Very. Rev. Fr. George Mathew Ramban, Vice President of St Thomas Mission welcomed the gathering . In his speech he emphasised on the values and objective of the MGM group of Schools. The stage came alive with a colourful Welcome Dance presented by MGM H.S. School, Raipur added colour to the inaugural ceremony of this mega meet. The students of MGM Public School performed a vibrant dance performance depicting different cultures of India from North to South.
The Presidential address was delivered by H.G. Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius Metropolitan, In his address, the Arch Bishop focused on the importance in students life and encouraged them to actively participate in curricular and co–curricular activities. Shri Rajesh Chauhan, Former Indian Cricketer graced the occasion as the Guest of Honour and praised the contribution of the group in the field of education and sports.
Shri. V Vikraman , DIG, SSB was the chief guest of the inaugural ceremony . In his address he appreciated the initiative by MGM group of schools for organizing such a mammoth Sports and Cultural event.
MGM Fest 2019 was declared open by the Chief Guest by releasing the balloons. Before commencement of the cultural and sports events Oath was administered to all participating school captains by the Captain of Mar Baselios Vidhya Bhana (MVB School), Bhilai.
On all the three days of the 5th MGM Fest 2019, various cultural and sports competitions were held at CCET, Bhilai. The students were seen performed excellently. There was a cut throat competition among the MGM students of various schools from the different places of the country. All the students performed very well making it a tough job for the judges to judge the winners. For judgment a panel of experts from their respective field were invited to judge each event. Cultural Night was organized on 17th and 18th where students unwind their tensions and showcased their talents.
Shri M.S Varghese, Director, Sports Authority of India (SAI), New Delhi, was the chief guest for the valedictory session. He addressed the students and appreciated them for their achievements and also encouraged them to participate in such events. He urged all the Schools to give more emphasis on sports so that MGM Group can in future produce Olympic medalists. Prize distribution ceremony was also held for the winners of the various events.
Shrishti Sharma, MGM Sr. Sec. School, Sec-6 Bhilai and Prashant Murti, MGM Hr. Sec. School, Balco, Korba were adjudged as Sports Champions, among girls and boys respectively. G.C. Divya of MGM Hr. Sec. School, Korba won Individual Championship in cultural events.
MGM Hr. Sec.School Bokaro was declared as Cultural Champions with 49 points. Mar Baselios Vidhya Bhavan (MBVB ), Bhilai came second in cultural category. MGM Sr. Sec School, Sec-6 Bhilai became the Sports Champion with 112 points whereas MGM Hr. Sec. School, Bokaro were sports runner-up with 100 points. MGM Hr. Sec. School, Bokaro won the overall championship for showing brilliant performance in both cultural and sports events.
H.G. Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius Metropolitan in his Presidential address of the closing ceremony propounded his happiness for the successof the MGM Fest 2019 and congratulated one and all for their untiring efforts for organizing the event. He extended his special thanks to staff members of Christian College of Engineering and Technology , Bhilai, St Thomas College, Bhilai, MGM Public School and Mar Baselious Vidhya Bhavan, Bhilai for their contribution and pain taken for conducting the event successfully. He thanked the St Thomas College Principal Dr. Roymon, sports Officer and the referees for conducting all the sports events successfully. He asked all the students of MGM Group of schools to opt for higher Education in Bhilai as it is an education hub of Chhattisgarh and two big academic institution of MGM group Christian College of Engineering and Technology and St.Thomas College is situated in Bhilai, where students can pursue Engineering, various Degree courses and professional courses and register themselves for Ph.D and do research work. His Grace informed the students that Christian College is NBA accredited and St. Thomas college is NAAC accredited.
Welcome speech was delivered by Fr. Kurian John, Principal, MGM Public School, Shanti Nagar Bhilai and Fr. George C Varughese, EVC, CCET proposed the vote of thanks . The program ended by lowering the MGM Fest Flag followed by the National Anthem
The Chief Guest was felicitated by the Mementos as mark of respect and love by the MGM Group of Institution. Thereafter Cultural Coordinator, Sports Coordinator, Website developer were also felicitated. Student left the campus of CCET, Bhilai with great joy andhappiness with lot of sweet memories waiting to return again for MGM Fest 2020. The team led by Fr. Dr. Joshi Varghese, Diocesan Education Officer of MGM Group of Schools, Fr. George C Varughese, EVC CCET and Fr. Aju K Varghese, Bursar CCET, worked tirelessly to make the event a grant success.
Bhilai: The Two-day Annual Meet of the Heads of the Institutions under the MGM Group was conducted at Christian College of Engineering & Technology (CCET) Bhilai. The meet was inaugurated by H.G. Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius Metropolitan, the President/ Manager of MGM Group of Schools .
Prof. (Dr.) John Varghese, Principal, St. Stephen’s College Delhi Varghese, Principal, St. Stephen’s College Delhi took lively and interactive sessions on the topic “Shared secrets, shared strengths: Some useful strategies for teacher-administrator “.
Mrs. T Raja Rajeshwari, ECCE Expert, Hyderabad elaborated on ‘How to better Pre-Primary Education’ and ‘Role of Principal in Pre-Primary Education’.
The participants also brainstormed on How to improve the quality of teaching – learning process. About 80 delegates, including Principals and Vice Principals from 10 states attended the meet. Principals belonging to Schools which are members of Association of Chhattisgarh Christian Educational Societies (ACCES) also participated in the meet.
The meet was organised by the Diocesan- Mission Education Board on 16th & 17th October, 2019 at Engineering & Technology. The Diocesan-Mission Education Board which runs 31 schools and 3 colleges is commonly known as MGM Group of Schools. The Schools which had enrolled maximum students for Logos Olympiad were also awarded.
Fr. Dr. Joshi Varghese, Diocesan Education Officer welcomed the dignitaries and participants. Fr. Jose K Varghese, Secretary of St. Thomas Mission proposed the vote of thanks.
The 20th Annual conference of Martha Mariam VanithaSamajam, Calcutta diocese was held at Christian College of Engineering & Technology (CCET) ,Bhilai from 6th – 8th October 2019. About 160 delegates from our 17 parishes of the diocese attended the conference. The theme for the conference was ” The gracefulness of forgiveness”( Ephesians 4 :32). The chief resource person for the conference was Rev. Fr. Dr. Bijesh Philip ( Principal, STOTS). The theme was presented by Fr. Dr. Joshi Varghese ( Diocesean Education Officer). The conference started with the Holy Qurbana celebrated by Fr. Philip Kuruvilla. The different aspects of the theme were explained by the resource person in 2 sessions.Fr. Philip Kuriuvila took session on Family life. An interactive session with the Diocesan Metropolitan was also held. Meditation classes were taken by Fr. Biju Daniel and Fr. ShinuCherian. Medical class was taken by Dr. Mary Abraham. Inter unit arts competition like elocution, group song, bible quiz and bible verses were held. All the winners were honoured with gifts and Mar Gregoriousorthodox Church, Bhilaspur bagged the ever rolling trophy with maximum points. In cultural night different units performed colourful programmes like skit , dances ,etc. The business session was also conducted. All the delegates above 70 years of age were honoured. All the rank holders of MOMS Examination 2018 were honoured with trophies. MOMS Annual Report 2018-2019 was presents by Mrs. Annamma Mathew, General Secretary . Mrs. Annamma Mathew proposed the vote of thanks.
H.G Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius ( Metropolitan of Calcutta Diocese),Very. Rev. GeevargheseRamban (vice President, St.Thomas Mission), Very. Rev Thomas Ramban (Diocesan Secretary), Rev.Fr. Jose K Varghese (Secretary, St.Thomas Mission), Rev.Fr. Aju K Varghese (Treasurer, St. Thomas Mission),Rev. Fr. George C Varghese ( Ex. Vice chairman, CCET College) Rev. Fr. Anish Joseph Varghese (Vice- president of MOMS Calcutta), Mrs. Annamma Mathew ( General Secretary, MOMS Calcutta Diocese), Mrs. Merlin S Chacko (Treasurer, MOMS Calcutta Diocese)and Mrs. Mini Markose (unit secretary ) gave leadership to the conference. ). The conference was also graced by the auspicious presence of Fr. Kurian John, Fr. Dr. Joshi Varghese, Fr. Lijo John, Fr. Geevarghese Varghese, Fr. Biju Daniel, Fr. ShinuCherian and Reverendsisters. The conference concluded with prayer and benediction.
The 29th Annual Conference of the MGOCSM and YM was held at Christian College of Enginnering & Technology (CCET), Bhilai under the patronage of St. Thomas Mission, Bhilai and Calcutta Diocese. It was hosted by CCET MGOCSM unit. The theme for the conference was “Love your #Selfie” and the theme bible verse was “I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13). H.G. Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius, metropolitan of the Diocese of Calcutta was present throughout the conference. The main speakers for the conference were Rev. Fr. Philip Kuruvilla, Ex Bursar of the STOTS, Nagpur and Rev. Fr. Dr. Bijesh Philip, Principal of STOTS, Nagpur. The conference began with the celebration of the Holy Qurbana celebrated by Rev. Fr. Philip Kuruvilla. The conference flag was hoisted before the inaugural session. The Diocesan Secretary, Very Rev. Thomas ramban, welcomed the guests as well as the delegates of MMS and MGOCS & YM in the inaugural session. There were 5 main sessions based on the theme. Rev. Fr. Philip Kuruvilla dealt on the topics: i) Love your Selfie, ii) Love, iii) I can do everything through Christ and Rev. Fr. Dr. Bijesh Philip also dealt on the theme. Rev. Fr. Dr. Joshi Varghese dealt with topic ‘Christian response to Social Media’.
A panel discussion was organized where contemporary issues related to young people were discussed and deliberated. The host unit conducted various group activities. The Raipur MGOCSM unit led the conference with melodious songs. Various inter unit competitions were held: Group song competition, Documentary competition, Mime competition, Collage making competition and Bible quiz competition. H.G. Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius led one of the evening devotions and interacted with the delegates in another session. Rev. Fr. George Varghese, Rev. Fr. Kurian John and Rev. Fr. Lijo John led morning and evening devotions. The sacrament of Holy Confession was also arranged for those who came prepared for it. On the concluding day the business session was held in which the units read out their annual working report and handed overhe same to the diocesan metropolitan. Few of the delegates gave feedback about the conference. The prizes for the competitions were given away in the closing ceremony. The details of winners are as follows:-
Group Song Competition
First – MGOYM, Bhopal Second – MGOCSM Bilaspur Third – MGOCSM, Raipur
First – MGOCSM, Kolar, Second – MGOCSM, Bhilai Third– MGOCSM, Nagpur
First – MGOCSM, Raipur Second – MGOCSM, Bhilai Third– MGOCSM, Nagpur
First – MGOCSM, Nagpur Second – MGOCSM, Bhilai Third– MGOCSM, Jabalpur and MGOCSM, Raigarh
First – MGOCSM, Bhilai Second – MGOCSM, Bhopal Third– MGOCSM, Nagpur
MGOCSM unit of Mar Gregorios Orthodox Cathedral, Bhilai bagged the overall championship trophy for the year 2019.
Very Rev. Geevarghese Ramban, Very Rev. Thomas ramban, Rev. Fr. Jose K Varghese, Rev. Fr. George C Varghese, Rev. Fr. Kurian John, Rev. Fr. Dr. Joshi Varghese Rev. Fr. Jeffin Varghese, Rev. Fr. Aju K Varghese, , Rev. Fr. Jobin Abraham, Rev. Fr. Biju Daniel, Rev. Fr. Anish Joseph, Rev. Fr. Lijo John and Rev. Fr. Shinu Cherian were present during the conference. 200 delegates from 13 parishes of the diocese attended the conference.
In the closing ceremony Rev. Fr. Jobby Peter, Vice President of MGOCS & YM, proposed the vote of thanks. President Thirumeni lowered the conference flag and Catholica Mangalaganam was sung.
കുവൈറ്റ് : ക്രിസ്തീയദർശനത്തിൽ അടിവരയിട്ട് പറയേണ്ടുന്ന ചിന്തകളാണ് ആരാധനയും ആതുരസേവനവും. ജാതി-മത-വർഗ്ഗ-വർണ്ണഭേദമില്ലാത്ത തരത്തിലുള്ള സാമൂഹ്യസേവനം നമ്മുടെ ഉത്തരവാദിത്വമായിരിക്കണമെന്നും, അത്തരത്തിലുള്ള പ്രവർത്തനങ്ങളിലെന്നും കുവൈറ്റിലെ ഓർത്തഡോക്സ് ഇടവകകൾ മുൻപന്തിയിലാണെന്നും മലങ്കര സഭയുടെ പരമാദ്ധ്യക്ഷൻ പരിശുദ്ധ ബസേലിയോസ് മാർത്തോമ പൗലോസ് ദ്വിതീയൻ കാതോലിക്കാ ബാവാ പ്രസ്താവിച്ചു. കുവൈറ്റിലെ ഓർത്തഡോക്സ് ഇടവകകളുടെ ആഭിമുഖ്യത്തിൽ ജൂലൈ 30-ന് കോട്ടയം പാത്താമുട്ടം സ്തേഫാനോസ് മാർ തിയഡോഷ്യസ് മെമ്മോറിയൽ മിഷൻ സെന്ററിൽ സംഘടിപ്പിച്ച 5-ാമത് കുവൈറ്റ് ഓർത്തഡോക്സ് കുടുംബസംഗമത്തിന്റെ ഉത്ഘാടനം നിർവ്വഹിച്ചുകൊണ്ട് സംസാരിക്കുകയായിരുന്നു അദ്ദേഹം.
ലോകത്തിലേറ്റവും വിശിഷ്ഠമായ സർവ്വകലാശാല നമ്മുടെ ഭവനങ്ങളാണെന്നും, ബാല്യകാലത്ത് അവിടെനിന്നും ലഭിക്കുന്ന പാഠങ്ങൾ നമ്മുടെ വ്യക്തിവികസനത്തിനും വളർച്ചയ്ക്കും ഇന്ധനമാണെന്നും, അത്തരത്തിൽ വളർന്ന്, പിന്നീട് ഉത്തരഭാരതത്തിൽ മലങ്കരസഭയ്ക്ക് അഭിമാനമായി മാറിയ സ്തേഫാനോസ് മാർ തേവോദോസിയോസ് പിതാവിനു ഒരു ശാശ്വതസ്മരണയെന്ന നിലയിലാണ് ഈ മിഷൻ സെന്റർ പാത്താമുട്ടത്ത് പ്രവർത്തിച്ചുവരുന്നതെന്നും ബാവാ തിരുമേനി ഓർമ്മപ്പെടുത്തി.
കൽക്കത്താ ഭദ്രാസനാധിപൻ ഡോ. ജോസഫ് മാർ ദിവന്ന്യാസിയോസ് മെത്രാപ്പോലീത്താ അദ്ധ്യക്ഷത വഹിച്ച സംഗമത്തിൽ മുൻ ഡി.ജി.പി. ഡോ. അലക്സാണ്ടർ ജേക്കബ് ഐ.പി.എസ്. മുഖ്യപ്രഭാഷണം നടത്തി. സെന്റ് തോമസ് മിഷൻ കുവൈറ്റ് സോൺ കോർഡിനേറ്റർ ഷാജി എബ്രഹാം സ്വാഗതവും, മത്തായി റ്റി. വർഗ്ഗീസ് നന്ദിയും പ്രകാശിപ്പിച്ചു.
സഭാ വൈദീക ട്രസ്റ്റി ഫാ. എം.ഓ. ജോൺ, മലങ്കര സുറിയാനി ക്രിസ്ത്യാനി അസ്സോസിയേഷൻ സെക്രട്ടറി അഡ്വ. ബിജു ഉമ്മൻ, മുൻ വികാരിമാരായിരുന്ന ഫാ. സാമുവേൽ ജോൺ കോർ-എപ്പിസ്ക്കോപ്പാ, റവ. തോമസ് റമ്പാൻ, ഫാ. പി.ടി. തോമസ് എന്നിവർ പ്രസംഗിച്ചു.
സെന്റ് തോമസ് മിഷൻ നടത്തിവരുന്ന ജീവകാരുണ്യ പ്രവർത്തനങ്ങളേയും പുതിയ പദ്ധതികളെയും സംബന്ധിച്ച റിപ്പോർട്ട് സെന്റ് തോമസ് മിഷൻ ഡയറക്ടർ ഫാ. ഡോ. എബ്രഹാം ഉമ്മൻ അവതരിപ്പിച്ചു. കുവൈറ്റിലെ ഓർത്തഡോക്സ് ഇടവകകളെ സംബന്ധിക്കുന്ന റിപ്പോർട്ടുകൾ ഇടവക പ്രതിനിധികളായ ജുബിൻ പി. ഉമ്മൻ, രാജീവ് വഞ്ചിപാലം, ലിറ്റി എം. ടോം എന്നിവർ അവതരിപ്പിച്ചു.
കുവൈറ്റിലെ വിവിധ ഓർത്തഡോക്സ് ദേവാലയങ്ങളുടെ മുൻ വികാരിമാരും, പ്രവാസജീവിതം മതിയാക്കി നാട്ടിൽ സ്ഥിരതാമസമാക്കിയവരും, വേനൽ അവധിക്കാലം ചെലവഴിക്കാൻ നാട്ടിലെത്തിയ ഇടവകാംഗങ്ങളും സംഗമത്തിൽ പങ്കെടുത്തു.
Key note address by H.G. Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius Metropolitan
A four- day long International Eco- Conference was inaugurated by Most Rev. P. C. Singh, the President of the National Council of Churches in India and the Moderator of the Church of North India at the CSI Synod Centre in Chennai. The Conference has been organized by the consortium of Higher Educational Institutions of the Church of South India (CSI). “In the year 2025, the level of Co2 in the Atmosphere will increase to 500 ppm (part(s) per million) due to various anthropological activities, but the allowable range is only 50ppm!”, cautioned Prof. Dr Joseph Mar Dionysius Metropolitan; the Vice-Chairperson of the Ecological Commission of the Orthodox Church, during the inauguration session. Rt Rev. Dr Vadappally Prasada Rao, the Deputy Moderator of the Church of South India, presided over the meeting. Rev. Dr Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda, the General Secretary of the Church of South India, welcomed the dignitaries and delegates who are consisted of the Scientists, Research scholars, and Eco activists from across the globe.
Two days workshop for Pre- Primary teachers was organised by MGM Group of Schools at CCET ( Christian College of Engineering and Technology) Bhilai. About 100 teachers from 18 schools attended the workshop led by Mrs. T. Raja Rajeswari , an eminent educationist and mentor. The sessions aimed at empowering the teachers with various education modules and strategies for effectively moulding the Pre Primary kids. The interactive sessions empowered the teachers to identify multiple intelligence, behavioural problems, learning readiness,interests and skills of the kids.
The participants who were from from MGM sr. Sec. School Bhilai, Mar Baselios Vidhya Bhavan Bhilai, MGM Public School Bhilai, MGM School Rajnandgaon, MGM HSS Raipur, MGM HSS Bilaspur, MGM HSS Korba, MGM School Kamilini, MGM HSS Jagdalpur, MGM School Ashoka Garden Bhopal, MGM HSS Bhopal, MGM HSS Itarsi, MGM HSS Dawakalan, MGM HSS Sarni, MGM HSS Dhanpuri MGM English School Rourkela, MGM School Chend and St. Mary’s Ranchi expressed much appreciation for the enriching sessions.
Fr. Jose K Varghese, Fr. Kurian John, Fr. M.J. Mathew, Fr. Joshi Varghese and Fr. Aju K Varghese gave leadership for the programme.
H. G. Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius consecrated and blessed the newly built school at Gopalpur Road, Dhanpuri, Shahdol (dist.) on 18/03/2017. It was the long cherished dream of late lamented H.G. Dr. Stephanos Mar Theodosius to start another school at the small town of Shahdol district. Mar Dionysius, president of MGM Group of Schools took the initiative to fulfil the dream of his predecessor. His Grace lit the lamp and cut the ribbon, in his opening speech he prayed that the light of knowledge will spread all over the area through this temple of knowledge.
In the public meeting organised after the consecration ceremony Fr Giju George (Vice-president) welcomed all the distinguish guest and thanked all the invitees for their presence. He thanked all the Priests who contributed in the past for the development of the project. He also thanked the parish members and the school managing committee members for their contribution in different stages.
Mar Dionysius in his public speech highlighted the achievements of the mission schools established under the umbrella of St Thomas Mission, Bhilai. This Thirty fourth school of the Mission society will give the best education to the children of the society. He thanked vice- president and managing committee members for their contribution. In his speech Mar Dionysius applauded the teachers of MGM SCHOOL DHANPURI for their contribution to the development of the school. Fr Aju K Varghese (Treasurer, St Thomas Mission), Fr Varghese P Joshua (Bilaspur) Fr Robin Varghese (Marthoma church) along with parish members graced the occasion.
Early morning His Grace celebrated Holy Qurbana at Mar Gregorious Orthodox Church, Dhanpuri. It was the historic day for the Calcutta diocese and St Thomas Mission.