The annual General Body of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church, Sabha Pratinidhi Mandalam, was conducted from September 5-7, 2017 at Dr. Alexander Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan Smaraka Auditorium in Tiruvalla. His Grace the Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan presided over the meeting.

The meeting began with the worship service. The scripture portion was read by Mr. Thomas Benchamin IAS. Rev. Mathew P. Thomas, Rev. C.V.Symon and Adv. Oommen Thomas were appointed as recording secretaries.

Dr. Mathews George Chunakara, General Secretary of Christian Conference of Asia, who led the devotion recollected the long term relation between the Mar Thoma Church and CCA. He exhorted the need of the liberation of entire creation through the Gospel and the role of responsible Christians to broaden the borders of the society to include the marginalized.

H.G.Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan delivered the Presidential address. In His Graces’ address, Tirumeni reminded the wondrous ways through which God Almighty had led the Church, especially at the times of difficulty. Tirumeni reminded about God’s calling to be as the co workers in the Kingdom of God.

The Mandalam expressed condolences to the family and relatives of the Achens who are called to eternity during the last financial year.

During  the Mandalam, Holy  Communion was celebrated by Rt. Rev. Joseph Mar Barnabas Episcopa  in St .Thomas Mar Thoma Church Tiruvalla . The Achens who retired from the active service  in 2016-2017  viz. Very Rev. Skariah Abraham, Very Rev. Dr. Cherian Thomas, Very Rev. Dr. C.K.Mathew, Very Rev. Dr. Jayan Thomas, Rev. Dr. Joseph Thomas, Rev. George K.John, Rev. Ninan Varghese, Rev. T.O.George, Rev. Mammen Samuel, Rev. John N.Abraham, Rev. Varughese K.Mathew, Rev. J.Chinnadore, Rev. Abraham Thomas (Ranny), Rev. Mathew David, Rev. T.K.John, Rev. C.G.Samuel, Rev. Dr. Koshy Mathew, Rev. C.V.Mathew, Rev. Mathew Sakariah (Edayarumula) were  honoured. On behalf of the Church, the Mandalam expressed its sincere gratitude to the meritorious service of the Achens given to the Church.

Sabha Secretary Rev. Oommen Philip presented the Annual report and Accounts of Sabha for the year 2016-2017. Adv. Prakash P. Thomas, Lay Trustee and Treasurer presented the annual budget of Rs. 116 crores. Clergy Trustee Rev. Lal Cherian presented the Statutory Auditor’s Panel for 2017-18.

The following awards were distributed in the function:

Mar Thoma Manavaseva  Award 2017: Dr. T.T.Joseph, Pollachi St. Thomas MTC

Mar Thoma Karshaka Award 2017: Mr. S. Issac , Kannampally Sehion MTC

Malieckal M.C.George Achen Memorial Award: Rev. Dr. K.Jamesson, Keezhvaipur St. Thomas MTC   (Book: The  Eucharistic Liturgy)

Rev. Mathew Thomas Vattackottal Memorial Endowment Fund: Rev. Dr. Abraham Philip, Mar Thoma Theologocal Seminary, Kottayam (Book: യോഹന്നാന്‍ എഴുതിയ സുവിശേഷം ചരിത്രവും ദൈവശാസ്ത്രവും)

Mar Thoma Haritha Award:

Parish: Kottayam Jerusalem Mar Thoma Church

Institution : Mar Thoma Theologocal Seminary, Kottayam

School: CDA UP School, Olive Mount, Kuzhalmannam

Award for maintaining the Cemetery of the Parishes: Elanthoor Mar Thoma Valiya Pally

Mar Thoma Merit Award:

Teachers who got Doctoral Degree:

Dr. Ajesh K. Zachariah, (Chengamanadu Immanuel- Mar Thoma College, Thiruvalla)

Dr. Anish K. John, Vazhuthacaud Salem MTC (Govt. Engineering College, Thiruvananthapuram)

Dr. Blessen Skariah Thomas, Kavumgumprayar St.Thomas MTC(Providence College of Engineering, Chengannur)

Dr. John George Athyal, Eruvellipra Christhos MTC (Christian College, Chengannur)

Dr. Sheeba K. John, Valiyode Salem MTC (St.Thoms College, Kozhencherry)

Dr. Sibin Mathew Medayil, Puliyoor St.Thomas MTC (CMS College, Kottayam)

Student who secured Rank: Miss. Leeba Merin Sam, Immanuel Mar Thoma Church, Thadiyoor, M. Tech 1st  Rank

Award for the Dalit Student who secured exemplary success in SSLC exams: Ms. Sneha Jacob, Pandankary St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church

Rev. Dr. Abraham Philip Convenor of the Mandalam Study Committee presented the Study Book based on the Theme Spirituality in the context of Religious Fundamentalism and Communalism ( ആധാത്മികത: മത മൌ ലികവാദത്തിന്റെയും വര്‍ഗീയതയുടെയും പശ്ചാത്തലത്തില്‍ ) and the Mandalam members actively participated in the discussions. It was suggested to study the matter in the parishes and various conferences of the Church.

Mar Thoma Sabha Pratinidhi Mandalam expressed its deep grief and anxiety in the shocking incident of the murder of the Senior Journalist  Gauri Lankesh.

The following persons are elected as the office bearers of the Church for 2017-2020:

Sabha Secretary: Rev K.G.Joseph

Clergy Trustee and Treasurer: Rev. Thomas C.Alexander

Vaideeka Selection Committee

  1. Rev. Dr. Easow Mathew
  2. Rev. C.V.Symon
  3. Rev. Dr.K.A.Abraham
  4. Rev. Dr. John Philip A.
  5. Rev. Joseph Mathew
  6. Prof. Jacob George
  7. Prof. Dr. Jacob George Mallappally
  8. Adv. Prakash P.Thomas
  9. Prof. Thomas K.Varghese
  10. Adv. Suresh Koshy
  11. Adv. Mathew T.Abraham
  12. Prof. Dr. Manu Thomas
  13. Dr. George Varghese

Mandalam approved the Sabha Council Members for 2017-2020 namely:

Niranam -Maramon Diocese

Alex P. John ( C307)Thalavady Padinjarekara Mar Thoma Church

John Abraham(L856) Varicadu Sehion

Sheela Elizabeth Mathew(L235) Kuttappuzha Jerusalem

Jacob Immanuel(L155) Pularicadu St. Marks

Kottayam- Kochi Diocese

Daniel Thomas ( C170), Elamkulam Jerusalem

Jossy Kurian( L234),Kootharappally Jerusalem

Sosamma Varghese (L332) Thelliyoor Christos

Alex P. George(L127),Ericadu Moria

Malaysia-Singapore-Australia- New Zealand Diocese

George Thomas  (L769)Melbounne Mar Thoma

 Ranni-Nilakal Diocese

Jacob George C.(C166) Pathanamthitta Mar Thoma

Major M. G. Varghese(L269)Kanakapalam Jeruslaem

Geetha Mathew(L844)Pathanamthitta Mar Thoma

Abraham P. Thomas(490) Keekozhoor East Immanuel

Sam Mathew C.(L177) Naranganam St. Thomas

 Mumbai- Diocese

Eapen Abraham(C387) Mulund North Bombay

Ani Koshy (L086) Nerul Immanuel

John Mathew ( Roy)(L933) Thane Mar Thoma

 Kottarakara-Punalur Diocese

Dr. P. J. Mamachen( C085), Pooyappally,St. Thomas MarThoma Church

Brijesh Abraham(L654),Valakom MarThoma

Sajimon P.A (L203), Manjakkala Trinity

Alice Mathew (L654), Panaveli Bethel

 Trivandrum- Kollam Diocese

Thomas Mathew ( Vilangara),(C061) Mar Thoma church Perungalloor

Johnson Abraham ( L489) Mathaimukku Immanuel

Mini George( L 840)Channapetta Bethanny

 Chengannur-Mavelikkara Diocese

Daniel M.S(C214), Chennithala St. Peters

Koshy Mathai(L-140), Othera St. Pauls

Aji Alex(L-400) Elanthoor Valiyapalli

P.J. Mariamma( L-371), Pennukara Immanuel

 North America -Europe Diocese

Jogy Thomas (C 464) Epiphany MTC

Nirmala Abraham(L019)Philadelphia MTC

Varkey Abraham( L278) Long Island MTC

Adoor Diocese

Alexander Tharakan T.K (C255), Thumpamon Muttom Salem

Oommen Thomas(L920) Kayamkulam Salem

Binu p. Rajan(L169) Kannamcode Mar Thoma

Jiji Mathew(L 348 ) Nooranadu Salem

 Chennai- Bangalore

Thomas John A. (C284) Hyderabad St. Thomas RC Puram

Kunjuvarghese Cherian(L025) Bangalore East

Jaya Mathew(L892)Nilgiri MTC Coonoor

 Kunnamkulam- Malabar Diocese

Kuruvilla Philip(C054)Nilambur  St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church

M.C. Mathukutty(L750)Chanthakunnu St. Pauls

Valsamma Mathew( L247) Sulthan Bethery Jerusalem


Alexander Thomas(C 103) Indore

Sunny( L931)New Delhi St. Thomas ( Karol Bagh)

Binu Mary Babu (L512) Noida Immanuel

Gulf Region

Koshy Samuel (L932) Bahrain

Rev. Oommen Philip expressed the vote of thanks to the Mandalam and the meeting was concluded by the Prayer and Benediction by His Grace the Metropolitan.

Most Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan, Rt. Rev. Geevarghese Mar Athanasius Suffragan Metropolitan, Rt Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius Episcopa, Rt.Rev. Dr. Euyakim Mar Coorilos Episcopa, Rt. Rev. Joseph Mar Barnabas Episcopa, Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Mar Timotheos Episcopa, Rt. Rev. Dr.Isaac Mar Philexenos Episcopa, Rt.Rev. Dr. Abraham Mar Paulos Episcopa, Rt Rev. Dr. Mathews Mar Makarios Episcopa, Rt. Rev. Gregorios Mar Stephanos Episcopa and Rt.Rev. Thomas Mar Theethos Episcopa attended the function.

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