December 2007

Dearly Beloved in Christ

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

God has brought us to the last month of this year. When we look back, we see that He was so good to us. When you pass through the waters they will not sweep over you, when you walk through the fire you will not be burned, for I am the Lord your God.(Isa.43:2) This year we celebrated Thanksgiving Day. Did we thank Him from the depth of our hearts? Let us thank God from the depth of our hearts for all the blessings that we have received from Him. We live today because of His love only. The sudden demise of Rev. C.A. Mathew is a loss not only to his family but to the witnessing Christian community as well. I have heard of an incident involving Achen’s father. One night very late in the evening, after hearing some noises outside his home, he went to investigate. He grabbed his torch and shone the light outside and found that a thief was hiding in his coconut tree. When the thief saw the house owner, he jumped off the tree and started running. This appachen shoned the light on him and saw that it was a boy. He then said to the boy “there is an unfenced well there in front of you, go the other way”. I am sure this appachen’s kindness and love are qualities which are found in his children. Selah! (Stop and Think!) We have now come to another Christmas season. What is Christmas? For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son. This love is referred as Agape, loving the unlovable. Can we love our enemies? Our neighbors? Our brothers? Am I not jealous of my brother if he receives more than that I have received.  We are always  mindful of others, in a negative manner.  How much has he given? What all has he received, what else will he get, and it goes on... The poor widow gave what all she had. She didn’t look around to compare with what the other person gave. Only Jesus compared it. Leave it to Jesus. Paul in his letter to the Galatians says, We are God’s fellow workers. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another. Share each other’s burden, and in this way obey the law of Christ.

Wish you all a Merry Christmas.

Babu Achen

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