March 2010

 

Dearly beloved in Christ,

 

This year Valiyanombu (Great Lent) began on Sunday the 14th of February. These are the days to set apart to meditate especially on the suffering and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. When we travel in this world as pilgrims we sometime get tired, weary and even lose sight of the road we have to go. In order to gain strength and insights for our journey we as a church commemorate, participate and celebrate the unfolding of the mystery of Christ. The passion and the death of our Lord brought salvation to each one of us and to whole humanity. The purpose of His incarnation at Bethlehem was completed by His death on the Cross of Calvary. The Almighty God expressed his inexplicable love through the cross of our Lord by making himself nothing, taking very nature of a servant being made in human likeness (Phil.2:7) Let us use the coming days meaningfully to go deep into the meaning of Cross and to experience God’s love as reality in our life and to share it with others. “Cross is not a piece of gold to wear on our chest, but the mark on our life”.

 

Our forefathers had a very good understanding of the mission given to us, so as a church we set apart the money saved during the lent season out of fasting and self denial, collect it as Uposhana Varam (self denial) and use it for the missionary activities of the church.

 

This month is set apart for the Diocesan collection. Please co-operate by paying an amount not less than $ 50 from each family.

 

May the Almighty bless each one of us.

 

Yours in His Service

 

Rev. P. E. Mathew

Vicar

 

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.

 

email Rev. P. E. Mathew at
babuachen@yahoo.com
 

 

 

 

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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

 

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 - April 2007

Rev. P. E. Mathew   May 2007 - Present