Yakub Mar Elias Elected President of Brahmavar Orthodox Konkani Community

by OCP on November 20, 2010

in Featured News, News

Indian Orthodox Church- The Brahmavar Orthodox Community

Media Release

Abu Dhabi, Nov 19: The newly-formed Brahmavar Orthodox Konkani Community of UAE held its first meeting with Yakub Mar Elias, the Brahmavar Diocesan Metropolitan at St George Orthodox Cathedral here recently.

The Community provides an oppurtunity for the Konkani community who share orthodox faith to unite. This was for the first time in the history of the church that members of different orthodox parishes in and around Brahmavar came together in the United Arab Emirates.

The meeting began with prayers in Konkani in the presence of the Diocesan Metropolitan and the parish priest Fr Johnson Daniel.

The Diocesan Metropolitan in his address stressed upon the need to keep up the orthodox faith and to unite under the orthodox belief and assured his full support and cooperation to the Brahmavar Orthodox Konkani Community.

Later in the meeting it was unanimously decided to form an organization under the banner of Brahmavar Orthodox Konkani Community, UAE and the following were selected as its office-bearers for the year 2010-11:

Yakub Mar Elias – President
Stanly Banz – Vice-president
Selvin Lewis – Secretary
Vanisha D’Almeida – Joint Secretary

Members of the Community Prasan Suaris, Robby Rodrigues, Sunil G Lewis, Naveen Suaris, John D’Almeida, Anil Rodrigues, Milton D’Souza, Venet Milton Olivera, Elyas D’Souza, Antony D’Almeida, Steevan Sunil Dias, Praveen Lewis, Valerian Lewis, Steephan Lewis and Jakline S Banz were present.

It was unanimously decided to convene the next meeting in the month of January 2011 at Dubai to decide the future course of action.

Selvin Lewis proposed the vote of thanks and the meeting concluded with a recitation of Konkani hymns in vespers in the cathedral.


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  • fr l david crasta

    Glory to God. Its a great news. Our people unitedly will do wonders. Seed has sown. nessecity of the time is to give good care & fertiliser. Watering will descide how it grows. All should come together & work for the unity. GOD may BLESS YOU. Thank you Thirumeni & Acha.

  • Baboi George

    Praise and honour to the Glorious Trinity, one true God for ever, Ameen
    I have worked very closely with His grace Yaquob Mar Elias, Metropolitan, when he was our Vicar in the St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church, London, and while he studied at the Theological Seminary, Chichester, United Kingdom, in the nineties. I have met only very few people who are genuinely interested in people’s welfare rather than their money. Living in the west, one always tends to question the motives and less believe in the unknown; the bishop prescribes the practical solutions, although it’s difficult to swallow at first, will benifit the receipient.
    I pray that the Brahmavar Orthodox Community will give full support to their bishop and wish
    His Grace all success in his endeavour – May God Bless us all.

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