July 2008


Dearly Beloved in Christ,

We are nearing to the yearend very fast. As summer begins we will be very busy in attending the conferences, camps, retreats, conventions, etc. The conveners are very busy in finding the best leaders. We are privileged with many blessed preachers. We hear a lot of messages. We love to hear messages but not the contents. We evaluate the preacher and make some comments and that is the end. Very rarely we try to inculcate it to our lives. That is what Prophet says “The harvest is past, the summer is ended and we are not saved.” (Jer: 8:20) If this is the fact why all these programmes? Paul in his letter writes, “Try to learn what pleases the Lord.”(Eph: 5:10) So we have to unlearn what is not pleasing the Lord with us. Pleasing the Lord is our duty. We have to follow the commandments. In the sermon on the mount, Jesus admonishes “if you are about to offer your gift to God at the altar and you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the alter, go at once and make peace with your brother, and then come back and offer your gift to God” (Matt:5:23-24) Your brother may not have anything against you, but if you have something against your brother, you have to make peace with him also. If we cannot follow this we cannot please the Lord. That is why John in his epistle writes “He who says I know Jesus and keep not his commandments is a liar and the truth is not in him.” Let us live accordingly so that the Lord may be pleased by our lives. Let us pray for a spiritual awakening among us during this summer by attending various meetings as in the days of Sadhu Kochoonjupadeshi and Punchamannil Mammaenupadeshi. May the Almighty bless each one of us.

Yours in His service,

Babu Achen


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