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APRIL 2011 FELICITATION
VOL:10 ISSUE:04
FELICITATION

NEWLY ORDAINED FR. GEEVARGHESE JOHN

Rev. Dn. Geevarghese John is ordained to priesthood on March 26, 2011 at St. Thomas Church Philadelphia.

Both Mor Barnabas and Mor Nicholovos thirumenis were present. Mor Nicholovos was the celebrant and Valiya thirumeni admonished during his blessed sermon. More than 30 clergies, deacons, priests and corepiscopos, participated. Seminarians, choir members parish MGOCSM/Focus, members and invitees, about 600 in numbers attended and blessed the ceremony.

There was a short meeting to felicitate the new ordained. St.Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, Vicar MK Kuriakoseachen) MGOCSM of the same parish, MGOCSM Council members, also from Chicago, Houston, etc honored with special presents on the occasion.

On 27th Sunday, the new priest conducted Holy Quorbono, in tri-language; Syriac, English and Malayalam mixed.

H Eminence Mor Nicholovos with his paternal care and affection was present throughout and allowed Rev Fr Geevarghese John to do the whole thing; by this he demonstrated how much he loves and cares the young generation. Indeed, HG is a great source of encouragement to the younger generation; that is the hope of our future. Thirumeni said, "Geevarghese John achen conducted his first liturgy in exemplary manner, I am very happy."

Resp MK Kuriakosachen, Vicar of the parish, Rev Frs., Mathew Alexander, Abby Chacko, Aju Mathew, and I and many deacons and seminarians were present.

The service turned out to be flawless. His sound was melodious and all attendees expressed their joy and satisfaction that the service was a heavenly experience. I do not take any credit although as father, I have taught some Syriac and other things.

The whole credit for my son being a good priest goes to Respected MK Kuriakosachen (Malpono) who trained him. Achen is a very kind and loving person who helped me to "feel at home" when I opted for church unity in 2002 together with Mor Nicholovos thirumeni and came to this side resigning from my vicar position from my home-parish. Ever since my son was ordained a sub-deacon he encouraged him and gave responsibilities to handle, and voluntarily took up the task to teach him. I have words to express my gratitude.

Equally so, the MGOCSM, Focus, Men's Forum, Women's Forum and choir and Committee, and all members, gave sincere support and helps throughout and especially the ordination arrangements. Our gratitude is unbound.

Words from Fr. K.K. John, father of newly ordained Fr. Geevarghese John:
We greatly appreciate your kind words of encouragements and blessings to the ordination of my Son to priesthood. Your prayers and support made a great impact. I also take this opportunity to all friends and well-wishers who upheld us in prayer and blessed with their personal presence. - KK Johnachen and family.

Personal details of Rev Fr Geevarghese John:
Deacon Gheevarghese John, Son of Rev Fr KK John and Amminikutty,
Born of Nov 14, 1980
Philadelphia residents for the last 25 years,
Education: Primary education in Philadelphia, USA,
(1) BS (Marketing), (2) M Div (Theology from reputed St Vladimir Orthodox Seminary, (3) MS (Edu)
Full time teacher (Science and Math) in the School District of Philadelphia from 2005 Religious activities: (1) MGOCSM General Treasurer for 3 years, (2) General Secretary for 3 years
(3) Led Mission Trip to MGOCSM Kerala, (4) Runs “Way to Cross Ministry” sole purpose of evangelization, (5) Conducting by-weekly Bible Study for the Youth Sermons/speeches can be accessed through www.wotcm.com and U-Tube, (6) orator, youth guide, youth retreat leader, etc.
Married: to Linju
Ordained: Sub Deacon in 2005, Full Deacon 2010, Kasheesho March 26, 2011.
First Holy Quorbono on March 27, 2011.

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