The Presbyterial Council was conducted in conjunction with the Priests’ retreat at Don Bosco Center, Rockland on August 9, 2019. Various issues regarding the Eparchy were discussed and resolutions were taken in view of the advancement of both infrastructure and practical issues of the Eparchy. Most Rev. Dr. Philipos Mar Stephanos was the Chairperson of the meeting and Msgr. Gigi Philip, the Eparchial Secretary, was the moderator. 16 priests participated in the Presbyteral Council meeting.
The priests of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Eparchy had their annual retreat from August 5 to 9 at the Don Bosco Retreat Center, Rockland. His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Philipos Mar Stephanos and 21 priests participated in the retreat. The retreat was directed by Fr. Joseph Panthaplamthottiyil, the former Superior General of the CMI congregation, on the topics of faith-based life, Word-based life, and Christ-centered life.
The MCYMNA Board conducted the Leadership Retreat in Houston, TX from July 25 to 28, 2019. Over 30 youth members participated in this national event. The theme of this retreat was “Faith and the Future” based on 2 Corinthians 4:18 “For what can be seen is temporary but what cannot be seen is eternal.”
The sacred priestly honor of ‘Cor-Episcopo’ was conferred to Rt. Rev. Monsignor Peter Kochery and Rt. Rev. Monsignor Augustine Mangalath on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at St. Vincent De Paul Syro-Malankara Catholic Cathedral, Elmont, NY. The service began with liturgical reception, followed by Solemn Holy Qurbono, with the eparchial bishop, Most Rev. Dr. Philipos Mar Stephanos as the main celebrant. The service for the installation of the Cor-episcopoi was celebrated during the Holy Qurbono. The homily was given by Most Rev. Dr.
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.