A Blessed Conference of Marth Mariam Samjam

The annual conference of Marth Mariam Samajam of the Northeast American Diocese was held on Oct 25th 2014 at St. John's Orthodox Church, Orangeburg, NY. The conference was very well attended. There were about 400 participants and many priests representing 39 parishes from all over the Northeast Diocese.

The conference began with prayer and the lighting of the lamp by Rev. Fr. M. K. Kuriakose, the Diocesan Secretary and Rev. Fr. T. A. Thomas, MMVS Vice President.

The choir of the hosting parish presented a melodious performance, followed by Bible reading by Anu Alex and a devotional message by Ringle Biju. Rev. Fr. Dr. Varghese M. Daniel, Vicar of the hosting parish, welcomed all the clergy and the participants to the conference. Rev. Fr. T. A. Thomas formally inaugurated the conference and made Vice-Presidential Remarks.

Rev. Fr. V. M. Shibu, the keynote speaker and Vicar of St. Gregorios Church, Bensalem, delivered an inspiring and thought-provoking speech on the conference theme, "rooting & grounding of our families in Christ and His Church". A lively discussion followed and the exchange of questions and answers was quite interesting and indeed beneficial to the participants.

A raffle was drawn and the winning tickets were picked by Rev. Fr. K. K. John. Of the three prizes, First prize (two gold coins) was awarded to Mrs. Lovely Philip of St.Stephen's Church, Midland Park, NJ, second prize (I-pad) to Mr. Thomas Joseph of St.Gregorios Church, Elmont, NY and third prize (Kindle Fire) to Mrs. Kunjukunjamma of St.Thomas Church, Unruh, PA.

A trophy was presented to St. George Orthodox Church, Portchester, NY for selling the highest number of tickets His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, the Diocesan Metropolitan, joined the afternoon sessions. The highlight of the afternoon session was the quiz program based on St. Paul's epistles to Timothy and Thessalonians. Rev. Fr. Bobby Varghese served as the quiz master. There were twenty-five questions. The result of the competition was announced immediately after the competition.

The hosting parish, St. John's Orthodox Church, Orangeburg, NY, won the first prize correctly answering all the twenty five questions. It is worth mentioning that this parish has been winning the first prize continuously for the past three years. St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Yonkers, NY, won the second prize and St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Suffern, NY, won the third prize. His Grace Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos awarded trophies to the winners.

The certificates for completion of leadership training program were also distributed by His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos in the afternoon. Certificates were awarded to participants who attended the Leadership Program at four campuses, namely Muttontown, New Jersey, Rockland and Boston.

Mrs. Mary Ennacheril, the coordinator for Leadership Training Program updated the audience with the different aspects of the program. She expressed the hope that more people would sign up in the coming year.

General secretary Mrs. Jessy Mathew did the vote of thanks. The conference ended with prayer and benediction. Our special thanks to the Vicar and the members of the host parish that played a major role by working very hard for the success of this conference. They made sure every detail was meticulously choreographed including registration, seating and of course the sumptuous meals.

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