December 2008


Dearly beloved in Christ,


Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests (Luke.2:14).


The centuries have rolled by, and still the world longs for and looks for the peace the angels sang about on that Christmas morning. It abides in the hearts of all who have trusted His Grace.


Christmas is God's reminder that we are not alone. God revealed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus a reconciling love that rescues us from separation and loneliness. We are not alone; God has come down from Heaven to tell us He loves us. He is Immanuel.  To celebrate it we decorate everything during Christmas. This year let us decorate not only outward things, but our inner  lives also with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control


During Christmas we exchange gifts. Jesus is the gift that God has given to us. Love of God is expressed there.  In John 3:16 we read, "For God so loved the world that He gave His son and only son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life". 


God has given His son as a gift to the world.  Jesus is Immanuel which means God with us. In the midst of our sorrows sickness and all disasters one hope is that Jesus is with us.


As we know our Coorilos Thirumeni is moving from our Diocese to Kottayam - Kochi diocese, the Diocesan sent off meeting will be held in our Parish on Sunday January 4, 2009. On that day Thirumeni will be conducting the Holy Communion service in our parish.  It is informed that Theodosius Thirumeni is taking charge of our diocese in January.  Please uphold both Thirumenies in our prayers.


We are coming to an end of a financial year also. Let us be faithful stewards before God with our financial dealings. How much we have received from God, how much we have given to the expansion of the Kingdom of God.


May I stop here. Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.


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