OCP News Service – 27/11/18
Kerala -India: Dr. Shashi Tharoor (Member of the Indian Parliament – MP) stated that the ancient Malankara Orthodox Church does a remarkable amount of social service especially for people of other faiths. He made the statement during the annual Thoma Mar Dionysus Lecture memorial lecture which was held at the St. Stephen’s College, Mout Tabor, Pathanapuram today. Dr. Tharoor spoke on the contributions of the late lamented Thoma Mar Dionysus Metropolitan in the field of education and social service. He also presented the key to a newly built home to a family.
Dr. Tharor is an Indian politician, writer, and the former United Nations diplomat.
The Malankara Church
The Malankara Orthodox Church is an ancient Oriental Church established by St. Thomas the Apostle of Christ. It belongs to the communion of Oriental Orthodox Churches. His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II – Catholicos on the Apostolic Throne of St. Thomas and Malankara Metropolitan is the current primate of the Church.
Currently, the Church is actively engaged in the implementation of the rehabilitation programs for the victims of the Kerala flood. Church announced a rehabilitation program worth Rs. 10 crores ($14,31,700) in the month of August 2018.
Metropolitan Thoma Mar Dionysus
The life of His Grace Mar Thoma Dionysius is a source of inspiration for all of us in the family of Mount Tabor. His Grace was a pioneer in the educational field of Kerala. More than five decades back, His Grace laid the foundation for a Religio-Educational Centre at Pathanapuram at a beautiful hillock which he christened as ‘Mount Tabor’. His Grace was a student of Christ Church College in the Oxford University during 1937-39. Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, former President of India, was one of his best friends there. Inspired by the noble traditions of western culture and civilization, His Grace wanted the Mount Tabor to be the fountainhead of progress for the people around. He was consecrated as Metropolitan of Niranam Diocese of the Orthodox Church in 1940 and continued in the same ecclesiastical post for 32 years till his demise on 3rd December 1972. Besides being an ecclesiastical episcopal leader, he was also a versatile social leader, philanthropist, humanist and educationalist. The valuable services rendered by Mount Tabor educational institutions, hospitals, and orphanages in different parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu testify the commitment of His Grace for the cause of education and social welfare in the backward and underdeveloped areas.
Brief bio of Metropolitan Thoma Mar Dionysus from:
OCP News Service