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April 2021

 Dearly beloved in Christ,


Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!


Let us thank God for bringing us safely to the fourth month of this year 2021. Even all these covid situations we could experience the presence of God. Now many of our senior members can receive the covid vaccine. Let us pray for the efficiency of this vaccine and hope for the best. Let us faithfully follow the paths which God show to us.


Since the last month we have increased the capacity for Holy Qurbana services in the church according to the CDC guidelines. Now our capacity is 125. Those who cannot come to the church can participate the service through live streaming. All other regular meetings of the organizations and Area prayer meetings are conducting through zoom conference facility according to the schedule


We are in the last days of the great lent season. We are observing the passion week, crucifixion and celebrate the Day of resurrection. It is the opportunity to align our bodies and souls more deliberately with God. It is a time of confession, conversion and renewal of the faithful. This also invite us to live in the experience of the kingdom of God. This year also we observe these days in the midst of great uncertainty. Our abstinence should be directed to help the people who are in need. So I appeal all of you to contribute your proceeds from your 40 daysí abstinence to our Good Samaritans fund which is used to help the people in need and the proceeds from the last 10 days to self-denial contribution, which is for the evangelical work of the church.

At this Easter season, we commemorate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We joyfully proclaim and solemnly testify that because of Jesus Christ, we will all live again. Jesus Christ came to redeem Godís children. Through the Saviorís Atonement, resurrection and immortality became a reality for all and eternal life became a possibility for all who would qualify. Jesus declared: ďI am the resurrection, and the life: he that believe in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever lives and believe in me shall never dieĒ Let us submit ourselves before God to experience the eternal life which Jesus offers us through the resurrection.


May God help us to experience His presence through our worship and fellowship.††††††††††


With prayers and love,
Saju Achen.



Rev. Saju C. Pappachen (Vicar)

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Vicars of the Past Quarter Century
(including Vicars of the Mar Thoma Congregation of Greater New York)

Mar Thoma Congregation of Greater New York

Rev. Oommen Koruthu

(Student Achen later elevated as 
Bishop Zacharias Mar Theophilus)

May 1975 Aug. 1975

Rev. K. S. Mathew

(Student Achen)

Sept. 1975 Sept. 1977

Rev. Thomas P. George

(Student Achen)

Sept. 1977 Aug. 1979

(Late) Rev. M. V. Benjamin

Sept. 1979 May 1981

St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church, New York

(Late) Rev. M. V. Benjamin

Co-Chairman Ad-hoc Committee Church in formation

Oct. 1980 - Jan. 1981


Jan. 1981 - May 1981

(Late) Rev. K. J. Philip

Co-Chairman Ad-hoc Committee Church in formation

Oct. 1980 - Jan. 1981

Associate Vicar

Jan. 1981 - Aug. 1981

Rev. N. M. Cherian

Vicar of all Mar Thoma Congregations in New York

May 1981 - June 1983

Rev. Dr. T. Jacob Thomas

(Student Achen)



Assistant Vicar

July 1981 - May 1983



June 1983 - Mar. 1985

Rev. Dr. G. Varghese

Mar. 1985 - April 1989

Rev. Johnson Varghese

June 1989 - May 1992

Rev. Dr. T. P. Abraham

June 1992 - May 1995

Rev. P. M. Thomas

May 1995 - April 1999

Rev. K. Y. Jacob

May 1999 - June 1999

Rev. Thomas P. Chandy

June 1999 - May 2002

Rev. Dr. K. A. Abraham

May 2002 - August 2004

Rev. Jojan Mathews John

May 2004 - April 2007

Rev. P. E. Mathew

May 2007 - April 2010

Rev. Joseph Johnny

May 2010 - April 2013

Rev. K. K. Samuel


May 2013 - April 2016

Rev. Jaisen A. Thomas


May 2016 - April 2019

Rev. Saju C. Pappachen


May 2019 - Present