Dearly beloved in Christ,
Greetings to you all in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We are on the threshold of our Family Conference. At this Juncture, I am very happy that majority of our members are active, responsible and dedicated in the activities of Family Conference. I thank God for them. My concern is, all our programs does not become nobodies job but becomes everybody’s responsibility.
By analyzing the present world scenario, I have a feeling that in the coming days, events and challenging changes will have a great significance and impact upon our lives. National calamities – terrorism – war – famine, kills thousands of innocent lives. The world is filled with powers of darkness. People are moving with a mind of hatred, cruelty, and intolerance. What has happened to our world? Unbelievable and shocking things are happening in every aspect of human life. People with expertise in different areas of life are trying to find solutions for these crises. But these answers and solutions are vague. Here in this situation, our theme for Family Conference is very relevant, “Arise, shine for your light has come”. The true light eradicates all forces of darkness there by creating complete harmony in the world – that light is Jesus Christ. He is challenging us to have a new life style, a new society and a new moral order based on the values of the Kingdom of God. It is not good to blame darkness; rather light a candle in the darkness. The lighted candle is a protest against darkness. So let us arise and shine.
I hope that we will enjoy the programs of our Family Conference and let us engage in our work.
Let us always be happy with the Lord.
Yours in Christ love,
Rev. Jojan Mathews John (Vicar)
We are blessed to be under the pastoral guidance and leadership of Rev. Jojan Mathew John as Vicar of St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church NY. Achen's mother parish in India is Kuttapuzha Varicadu Sehion Mar Thoma Church located inThiruvalla. Achen attended college at Mar Thoma College, Thiruvalla; completed his M. Phil. from Bombay and received a Bachelors in Divinity from Mar Thoma Theological Seminary, Kottayam.
Rev. Jojan M. John was ordained as a priest in the Mar Thoma Church on July 6, 1994 and has served as Vicar previously at Trivandram Quillon Diocese (Kovilloor , Mezhacodu, Melpalai and Kuttamala[Kulasekharam Center] ) for five years and Mar Thoma Church Thane, Mumbai for five years.
Jojan Achen was the convener for Land for Landless project and council member of the Trivadram Quilon Diocese. He served also as the president of the 35th Western India Youth Conference in 2001, Mumbai. In his many roles Achen has served very well as an administrator, organizer, and is also a talented singer.
Achen's wife is Mrs. Susan Mathews John BSc, BEd, and children, Vishakh John Mathews, age 5, and Vrindha Chinnu Mathews, age 2. Achen's father, Rev. V. K. John, is a senior priest of the Mar Thoma Church.
Jojan Achen's Address in India is:
Kuttapuzha, Thiruvalla 689103
email Jojan Achen at
Mar Thoma Congregation of Greater New York
|Rev. Oommen Koruthu||(Student
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
|Co-Chairman Ad-hoc Committee Church in formation||Oct. 1980 - Jan. 1981|
|Vicar||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|
|Vicar||June 1983 - Mar. 1985|
|Rev. George 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 - Present|