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Cleo Constantin shared the following message and letter from Sister Nektaria, a Greek Orthodox missionary nun in India: Dear friends, this is the news from Sister Nectaria as of about 20 minutes ago. It is unimaginable!  I was gasping as I read it and then moved to tears. Her passport and visa expired during the extreme lockdown and, although she is required to return to Greece for new paperwork, she was not permitted to leave!  What a situation.  Then the worst cyclone in the history of India devastated the grounds and seriously damaged the buildings with 165 mile-an-hour winds. It is…

Source: Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco Led by His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos and the faithful of the Metropolis of San Francisco, a fundraising reception was held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 following Pan-Orthodox Vespers at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Long Beach, CA. The proceeds from this event were designated for the Theotokos Girls and Boys Orphanage and Saint Ignatius School in Bakeswar, India. The evening began with Pan-Orthodox clergy and faithful being led in prayer by His Grace Bishop Maxim of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, along with His Eminence…

Source: Greek Reporter By Tasos Kokkinidis A Greek Orthodox nun in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India has become a symbol of the eternal fight against poverty, illiteracy, child trafficking and prostitution in the city. Sister Nectaria Paridisi, by most accounts the only Greek individual left in Kolkata, through the schools and orphanages she built with the help of donors has become a “mother” for thousands of children, offering them the prospect of a new and better life. She works in Bakeswar on the southern reaches of the city, where she is in charge of two orphanages which are owned by the…

Source: The Week Magazine (India) Via Onmanorama Thomas Mar Athanasios, the metropolitan of the Chengannur Diocese of the Orthodox Syrian Church, died early on Friday after falling from a train in Ernakulam. He was 80 years old. The accident happened as Mar Athanasios was standing near the train door as he was about to alight at the Ernakulam Junction railway station. Mar Athanasios reportedly fell as the door slammed on him. The accident happened near the Pullepady bridge between the Ernakulam Junction and Ernakulam Town railway stations. The body of Mar Athanasios has been kept at the Ernakulam General Hospital.…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] At the invitation of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, will deliver an address during the bicentenary valedictory celebrations of the Orthodox Theological Seminary in Kottayam, Kerala, India on Thursday, November 26, 2015.  [Read related story]. Traveling with Metropolitan Tikhon are Archpriest Dr. Steven Voytovich, Dean of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, South Canaan, PA, and Archpriest Dr. John Behr, Dean of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY. Accompanying them is His Grace, Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos of the Northeast American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. Metropolitan Tikhon also will…

Source: Business Standard Geeverghese Mar Ivanios, Metropolitan of Kottayam Diocese of Malankara Orthodox Church, passed away here today [Sunday, April 14, 2013], church sources said. Mar Ivanios (72) was keeping indifferent health for some time and was undergoing treatment at a private hospital here. An authority on Theology, he was ordained as a priest of the Orthodox Church in 1963. He was later elevated to the status of Episcopa and became Metropolitan in 1991. A polyglot, Mar Ivanious was well versed in Hebrew and Syrian and had a masters in Theology from England. He had also taught Theology in the…

Source: Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam, Kerala, India Dr. Christine Mangala Frost, a venerable resource person at the Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies at Cambridge, UK gave a brief talk on her journey from being a Tamil Brahmin to Orthodox Christianity on Tuesday December 4, 2012 at the Ecumenical Hall in the Smrithi Complex. Dr. Christine Mangala was born a Brahmin Hindu. She was brought up on yoga. Her grandfather, in fact, was a personal friend of one of the expounders of modern yoga and Vedanta philosophy, the well-known Swami Sivananda, who is the founder of the Divine Life Society. She…

Source: Daily News & Analysis (DNA) The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church (Bombay Diocese) is set to celebrate the 1960th year of the advent of Christianity in India. Besides, it is celebrating the establishment of the Orthodox Church’s base in India 100 years ago. Orthodox Church is among the three prominent branches of Christianity, besides Catholic and Protestant churches. “While we too believe in Mother Mary, we only state that Jesus Christ was free of all sin,” said His Graceness Geevarghese Mar Coorlios, Metropolitan, Diocese of Bombay. Coorlios said the celebration will be held at St Mary’s School ground in Vashi…