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St Mary’s Bahrain Celebrates Golden Jubilee

BAHRAIN: St Mary’s Indian Orthodox Cathedral of the Malankara Orthodox Church, concluded a year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary with a grand event on June 26,2009.

Since last July until this May, many programs were held in connection with the year long celebration. It included an environmental program, Bahrain-Indo Jubilee Conference at Parumala, Kerala, Christian Convention, tour of Christian pilgrimage destinations, church festival, charity fair, Parish Day, meditation session, local charity work, cricket and volleyball tournaments and so on.

Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Diocesan Metropolitan of Mumbai, Indian Ambassador Dr George Joseph, Justice and Islamic Affairs Ministry Under-Secretary Dr Fareed Yakub Al Muftah were among the dignitaries at the final public meeting held at the Indian School

“As a part of the celebration many charity projects are launched in India. Among them are the Marian Housing Project, that will provide 50 houses for the needy and poor in Kerala, a marriage aid fund and educational scholarship.

“During the event, the keys to the 50 houses are handed over to cathedral member Dr George Mathew, who will represent the church and in India to give them to the final home owners. The event also featured a 15-minute documentary on the church’s history and activities since its establishment and release of a souvenir.

“The church choir performed the golden jubilee theme song.”