October 2007

Dearly Beloved in Christ

Thank god for the new month As we look back at what god has strengthened us to do many things for the extension of the kingdom of God. In Paul's epistle to Titus ch.2 v.14 we read "Jesus Christ gave Himself for us.” That he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto him a peculiar people, zealous of good works. We are to be zealous for good works.

On labor day our youths conducted a community barbeque at the parking lot besides our church. About 200 people from nearby areas attended it. I really appreciate all the youths who have spent their money, time and talent. I thank god for our youths dedication and service. In the book of acts 9:36 we see one disciple named Tabitha who was always doing good and helping the poor. She became ill and died. When Peter arrived there, all the widows stood around Peter crying and showing him robes and other clothing that she had made while she was with them. It is an identity of community work she has been doing. Each person's finger prints are unique. So we leave our identity on everything we touch. Some business firms use this technology that they keep customers fingerprints and bank account number so that the only thing they need to pay the bill is a scan of their finger.

Here we see another kind of print, that is the heart print. Tabitha's life touched many people through her unique gift of sewing and giving garments to the needy. We each have a unique heart print that can touch another. Heart prints of compassion, understanding, love, kindness etc. God expects from us such fruitful ministry in the society. May our heart prints touch those who are in pain depression and in various other needs. Let God almighty help us to do what is good.

Greetings to you in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

May God bless each of us with His Words.

Your in Christ’s love,

Rev. P. E. Mathew


Rev. P. E. Mathew (Vicar)

We are blessed to be under the pastoral guidance and leadership of Rev. P. E. Mathew as Vicar of St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church NY. Achen's native place is Kallooppara and Laly Kochmma is from Varikkadu, Tiruvalla. They have one son, Eby, who is finishing his BSc in Mangalore.

Achen and family had been in the Karnataka Missions Field (Hoskote, Mundugod, Sirsi Sankeshwar, Kunta) for several years and then served in Kerala. The last parish they ministered at was in the Sultan Bathery and Nilambur area.


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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. 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 - April 2007

Rev. P. E. Mathew   May 2007 - Present