October 2010


Dearly beloved in Christ,


            We have already celebrated Senior Citizen’s day last month. “Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a rather righteous life.”(Prov.16:31).According to the Bible, old age is a blessedness rather than a burden, a challenge than a crisis.

Aging is an unavoidable and inevitable phase of human life, yet it is another phase just like childhood, adolescent and young age. As a faith community we have to address this phenomenon, and trust in the promises of God.

            We are familiar with a system in which the elderly were honored and respected. They were the highest authority in every decision making and considered with high esteem everywhere. Nevertheless we witness radical and unbelievable changes in every sphere of our social life. The position and pivotal role that our elderly people hither to enjoyed and played have been dramatically thwarted.

            Many people are undergoing so many emotional and psychological upheavals in life. Many are happy and pleasant outside, but deep down in their life they are leading lives of quiet desperation. Anxiety over the changes in the senses, fear of deprivation by the dear ones in times of desperate need, loneliness after the unexpected demise of life partner, financial problem arising out of expensive medication and a host of other anticipated and unwanted anxieties make life miserable, especially during old age.


Amidst all this we can make a difference.

  1. Develop a positive attitude towards life.

  2. Always be content with what we have attained and never despair over unattained goals.

  3. Never expect much from others but enjoy the pleasure of Christian giving.

  4. Don’t blame others for your failures but accept your limitations.

  5. Appreciate others and be active always.

  6. Don’t boast in our achievement but be proud of ourselves. 

  7. More than everything else have an unshakable faith in God and  in His promises.

            As a faith community, we have cardinal responsibility to support and extend fellowship to those who are feeling lonely and estranged. “Honor your father and mother as I the Lord your God, command you, so that all may go well with you and so that you may live a long time in the land that I am giving you," Let us  make a difference!  Yes, together we can make the difference!  


With Love and Prayers,


Johnny Achen

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. 


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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. 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