During his visit to the Edmonton mission, His Excellency Philipos Mar Stephanos met with the Honorable Amarjeet Sohi PC MP, an Indo-Canadian politician, currently serving as the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods, and the federal Minister of Natural Resources. The Bishop and the Hon. Minister had a fruitful discussion on a variety of subjects related to the development of the Syro-Malankara community in Edmonton.
The 66th anniversary of the heavenly journey of the Servant of God Mar Ivanios was celebrated by the Eparchy on Saturday, July 6, 2019. The celebration was held at St. Vincent de Paul Malankara Catholic Cathedral and included Dhoopa praarthana after Solemn Holy Qurbono. His Excellency the Most Rev. Dr. Philipos Mar Stephanos presided over the liturgical celebration. His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Kurt Burnette, His Excellency Most Rev. Yoohanon Mar Chrysostom, and His Excellency Most Rev. Jacob Mar Angadiath were present during the celebrations along with Rt. Rev. Msgr.
Deacon Jobin Thomas graduated from St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie, on May 10, 2019. He received his Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Theology, and Bachelor of Sacred Theology. Having now completed his course in Dunwoodie, Deacon Jobin will be spending some time in Kerala undergoing intensive Liturgical training.
The Holy Episcopal Synod of the Syro Malankara Catholic Church has graciously accorded to confer the Sacred Priestly Honor of ‘Cor-episcopo’ to Rt. Rev. Monsignor Peter Kochery and Rt. Rev. Monsignor Augustine Mangalath of our Eparchy. His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos has kindly consented to officiate the function on July 6, 2019 Saturday at 9.30 AM. Congratulations to both the Monsignori.
The souvenir of the 10th Syro-Malankara Catholic Convention held from August 2 to 5 at the Hilton Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut was released on April 11. His Excellency Dr. Philipos Mar Stephanos released the souvenir and handed over the first copy to Mr. Philipose Mathew, Secretary of the Eparchial Pastoral Council and Mr. John P. Varghese, General secretary of the 10th Syro Malankara Catholic Convention . The Chairman of the Souvenir Committee, Rev. Fr. Noby Ayyaneth thanked all the members of the committee and all the sponsors. The valuable service of Deacon Jobin Thomas, Mr.
A meeting of the members of the Sunday School Board of the Eparchy was held at the Syro-Malankara Catholic Eparchial Chancery, on February 2nd, 2019. The meeting was presided over by the Eparchial Bishop, Most Rev. Dr. Philipos Mar Stephanos. The following members attended the meeting: Rev. Fr. Abraham Lukose, Eparchial Sunday School Director, Rev. Sr. Dr. Jocelyn Edathil, S.I.C; Rev. Sr. Anjali, D.M; Mrs. Jasmine Thomas ( Elmont); Mr. Sunny Thomas ( New Jersey) and Mrs. Elizabeth Kalampanayil ( Washington D.C).
On March 9, 2019, MCYM East had a Lenten retreat from 9 AM to 4 PM at St. Mary’s Yonkers Church. The topic was “Being United in Christ in All Things” and the main speaker was Mr. Savio Paul, a second-year seminarian studying for the Archdiocese of New York. Approximately 25 youth from the Eastern region, participated in the retreat, which was a blessed occasion for all who attended. Deacon Jobin Thomas and Sr. Jocelyn Edathil were also present during the retreat.