May 2010

 

Dearly Beloved in Christ,

 

Greetings to you in the matchless name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. At the very outset let me thank you all for the warm welcome, especially the reception we have received at the airport itself. We have landed at the JFK on April 28. It was a cold evening, with a cool breeze blowing everywhere. Some of our members wrapped us with their overcoat. Indeed a warm welcome, literally! I consider it to be a privilege and challenge to be the Vicar of the St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church, NY. To be a servant of God is of course an honor and a privilege. But on the other hand it is a great responsibility to be achieved and a task to be accomplished. Hence, I plead for your wholehearted support and relentless prayer in our ministry, without which, I believe, we can do nothing at all. 

 

As St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, we have this ministry as we have received mercy, not by any account my merit. Paul uses a meaningful metaphor- ' treasure in the earthen vessel'. It is very much fitting to every Christian minister. It implies the fragility of the human bearer and the immensely precious treasure of the Gospel. As Theodosius Thirumeni reminded me on my arrival, it's not what we do for the Lord that is important, but what the Lord is doing through us which makes the difference .I thank God for the high calling by which we are entrusted with this divine mission though we are unworthy and unfaithful ."I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who had enabled me for that he counted me faithful ,putting me in the ministry"  1Tim 1:12

 

As we all know ,we are living in a world of change. Of course, you know it better than I. You have experienced in your situation how the word 'change' has tremendously changed your society and politics. Our ability and willingness to adapt to new trends and settings determines our fitness for survival. To keep pace with the changing world is not an easy thing .It's really trial some and challenging which commands vision and inner impulse, readiness to act ,preparedness to face the worst.  In the US, I am in an entirely different situation ,culturally and linguistically , than I have been familiar with. I pray for God's mercy and grace in the coming days to cater to the spiritual needs of each and every one of our community .I hope and pray that your fellowship will be able to encourage and equip us in the  ministry of the Lord. Your guidance and correction, assistance and advice are earnestly solicited. 

 

I have heard much about this parish- very active and vibrant , passionately involving in the mission of the Church. Loving and caring community, having concern for others especially for God's servants. You have been fortunate enough to have pioneering leaders with great vision- their presence even today motivate others. Willing and dedicated Youths who are capable of taking up the torch of leadership with great fervor for the activities of the church. You have been fortunate enough to be ministered by Achens who are real luminaries- on that line I am the least and nobody to be reckoned with.  

 

I am in my 15th year of ministry for the Lord as a priest of the Mar Thoma Church. I've been privileged to serve in different parishes in India such as Jamshedpur, Asansol, Durgapur, Bilaspur, Korba and Ambikapur in Northern India; Edamuri(Ranni), Kothamangalam, Kolenchery,Mamala and finally Keezhvaipur in the Kottayam- Kochi Diocese. Each parish experiences were vivid and varied and was really enriching. 

 

My home parish is Puthencavu Mathilakom Asension Church (Chengannur). I am really excited to understand that few of our members have their roots there. My wife, Preetha S Philip, is from Thumpamon Bethel Mar Thoma Church, daughter of Mr. K.M.Philip and Mrs. Molly Philip, Kurumthottathil. She has been a teacher of Mathematics at the SCS Higher Secondary School, Thiruvalla. Our children Eben John Joseph and Reuben Philip Joseph completed  7th and 4th grade respectively and are looking forward to your company. Let us worship together and learn together and glorify our Lord in everything we do. Consider me and my family as one among you. Feel free to call us and visit the Parsonage at any time. It's your parsonage and your achen and family. May God bless us all. With Love and Affection,

 

Rev. Joseph Johnny

Vicar

 

Rev. Joseph Johnny (Vicar)

We are blessed to be under the pastoral guidance and leadership of Rev. Joseph Johnny as our new Vicar of St. Thomas Mar Thoma Church NY. Achen's native place is Chengannur and Pretha Kochmma is from Thumpamon. They have two sons, Eben and Reuben, who are in seventh and fourth grades respectively.

Achen is in his 15th year of ministry for the Lord as a priest of the Mar Thoma Church. He had the privilege to serve in different parishes in India such as Jamshedpur, Asansol, Durgapur, Bilaspur, Korba and Ambikapur in Northern India; Edamuri(Ranni), Kothamangalam, Kolenchery,Mamala and finally Keezhvaipur in the Kottayam- Kochi Diocese. Each parish experiences were vivid and varied and was really enriching. 

 

email Rev. Joseph Johnny at
revjosephjohney@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 - April 2010
Rev. Joseph Johnny   May 2010 - Present