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New Bishops’ Orientation

  • Posted on: 12 July 2019

The New Bishops’ Orientation Program (NBOP) was held on February 12th at the USCCB Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The USCCB President Daniel Cardinal DiNardo inaugurated the program via teleconference. The program presented the new bishops about the USCCB operations, strategic planning, the functioning of various committees, along with fraternal discussions on issues pertinent to the newly ordained Bishops. His Excellency Mar Stephanos attended the meeting.

Festal Celebration of Aboon Mar Stephanos

  • Posted on: 12 July 2019

The feast of our Bishop Most Rev. Dr. Philipos Mar Stephanos was celebrated on January 9, 2019. The Holy Qurbono began at 6:30 PM with Bishop Philipos Mar Stephanos as the main celebrant. Rev. Rijo Puthenparambil, Rev. Liju Thundiyil, and Rev. Noby Ayyaneth were concelebrants. After the Holy Qurbono a brief felicitation and cutting of the festal cake were done. Several sisters, and a good number of faithful were present and exchanged the festal greetings to loving Pithaav.

Mar Stephanos at the US Bishops Retreat

  • Posted on: 9 January 2019
Aboon Mar Stephanos attended the US Bishops Retreat held from January 2-8 at Mundelein Seminary near Chicago. It was planned in response to Pope Francis' request to a delegation of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops leaders during a meeting at the Vatican in September. Capuchin Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the papal household, directed it. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president, thanked Pope Francis for offering Cantalamessa as retreat director. Around 300 bishops participated.

Aboon Mar Stephanos at the Edmonton Ecumenical Christmas Celebrations

  • Posted on: 30 December 2018
The Christmas Ecumenical program in Edmonton was held on December 29, 2018, and His Excellency Most. Rev.Dr. Philipos Mar Stephanos was the Chief Guest for the event. His Excellency quoting John 3:16-17 , "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." reminded the gathering that “the true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of this incredible act of love.”

Aboon Mar Stephanos Addressed ICECH Christmas Celebrations

  • Posted on: 26 December 2018
His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Philipos Mar Stephanos was the chief guest and keynote speaker for the Christmas celebrations hosted by the Indian Christian Ecumenical Community of Houston (ICECH). While addressing the ICECH gathering, His Excellency said, “We celebrate Christmas out of gratitude for what God did for us, we remember His birth by giving each other gifts, worshiping Him, and being especially conscious of the poor and less fortunate.”

Silver Jubilee Celebration wishes to His Grace, Zachariah Mar Nicholovos

  • Posted on: 18 November 2018
Aboon Mar Stephanos participated in the Episcopal Silver Jubilee celebrations of His Grace, Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, on the afternoon of Saturday, November 17th, 2018. The clergy and faithful of the Northeast American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church hosted the function. Our bishop Mar Stephanos greeted His Grace all the blessings and appreciated him for all that he does for the Ecumenical cause.

Pastoral council meeting.

  • Posted on: 30 October 2018
On October 28, 2018, a meeting of the Eparchial Pastoral Council was held in the Eparchial Chancery at 2 pm. His Excellency Mar Stephanos presided over the meeting. The main item in the meeting agenda was the evaluation of the recently concluded 10th Syro Malankara Catholic Convention. His Excellency Mar Stephanos thanked all the members of the pastoral council and all those who worked hard to make the convention an unforgettable ecclesial experience. Special mention was made about the leadership and service provided by Rt. Rev. Msgr. Peter Kochery (the Co-Chairman), Very Rev. Fr.