NEW YORK: Diocese of North East America arranged a grand meeting to celebrate Metropolitan Mathews Mar Barnabas’ 85th birthday on August 9, 2009. Mar Nicholovos, the asst. Metropolitan also been felicitated at this function since his 50th birthday falls on the same week.
Metropolitan Alexios Mar Eusebios, the Diocesan Metropolitan of the Southwest American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Church presided over the function at Glen Oaks School (P.S. 266) Auditorium in New York. Metropolitan Geevarghese Mar Ivanios of Kottayam diocese was the main speaker on the occasion.
Metropolitans were received by the Sunday school children from different parishes of the diocese. A good number of priests, deacons and faithful attended the public meeting to extend good wishes to their Metropolitans. Birthday cakes were cut by both Metropolitans as a part of the birth day celebration.
Diocesan secretary Fr. John Thomas welcomed the gathering. Varghese Joseph, the treasurer of the Joint Orthodox Council of New York said vote of thanks.