June 2010

 

Dearly Beloved in Christ,

 

“The sky is your horizon, now go for it” –this is an advertisement piece which appeared in a reputed political magazine. Soaring to the sky a  craving of the modern man. The strive for greatness and the cry for power is echoing everywhere. Power, position, prestige, and prominence are considered as the criteria of greatness. Everyone wants to get to first place even if they have to eliminate others. Among the disciples of Jesus as well, this was an issue. ‘Who is great among us?’

 

Jesus strikes at the very point of their failure. He undermines their shallow and transitory concept of greatness. True greatness is no longer self centered.  Jesus wants his disciples to follow a difficult path and warns them of their shallow spirituality. He gives a radical interpretation to power and prestige. Whoever wants to be first must place himself last of all and be the servant of all. This model is quite uncommon and paradoxical indeed .To embrace such an attitude needs enormous amount of spiritual strength and courage. Jesus’ way of ministry is the ministry of servant hood.

 

Jesus’ understanding of service grows out of the Old Testament command to love one’s neighbor. He exemplified this in his own life. In Mk.10:45 as a climax to the passion narrative, Jesus reveals his self understanding and true greatness as “For even, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many.”

 

As followers of Christ, let us try to obey the teachings of our Lord by loving others. Are we prepared to place ourselves at the disposal of others? That is the very pertinent question. Christians are in the pursuit of power and prestige. We are running after material welfare and a life of affluence, while forgetting our vision. What the Lord expects from us is, I believe, to lead an other-centered life. This is real challenge. We, as Christians, need to feel the pulse of the society and commit ourselves for the cause of the society and be true witnesses of Christ. This is precisely our mission.

 

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. Dr. G. 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