St. Stephens Vizag Celebrates its Golden Jubilee on Sept. 24

Written By: on Sep 22nd, 2009 and filed under News, Parish News.

VISAKHAPATNAM:The culmination of the yearlong Golden Jubilee Celebrations of St. Stephens Orthodox Church (Located Behind Apollo Hospital) in Visakhapatnam is on Sept, 24 2009.” informed Sam Cherian Karuvely, the Sabha managing Committee member and a member of St. Stephens

The celebrations start with Holy triune high mass on Thursday Sept. 24 at 8.00 a.m. Metropolitans Dr. Yakoob Mar Ireanios (Kochi), Abraham Mar Ephiphanios (Bangalore) and Dr. Yuhanon Mar Diascoros (Chennai) will be the chief celebrants for Holy Qurbana.

Thereafter a public meeting will be conducted at 10.30 AM. The Metropolitans and other dignitaries from other walks of life will also join in the public meeting. The Church will honor the founder members that are currently staying at Visakhapatnam in the public meeting. A souvenir will also be released at the function to commemorate the Golden Jubilee. The Jubilee celebrations will be concluded with Lunch.

The Church completes the 50 years of its existence in Visakhapatnam. The few Malayalam speaking Orthodox Christians migrated to the city of destiny in early 1950’s initiated to establish a parish which was named after the first Christian Martyr Saint Stephen in the year 1959.

Now the Church has a membership of about 125 families. St. Stephens Orthodox Church is now under the Bangalore diocese administered by His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Didymos I, the Malankara Metropolitan and Catholicose of the East. Metropolitan Abraham Mar Ephiphanios is the Asst. Metropolitan of Bangalore diocese. Fr.Thomas Moothedom, Fr. P. V. Paulose, Fr. Koshy Chacko, Fr.K. V. Thomas, Fr.George Kalleckal, Fr. P. M. Philipose, Fr. C. M. Philipose, Fr. P. O. Jacob, Fr. Philip Chempothara, Fr. Daniel Thottamattom, Fr. Thomas Thalackal, Fr. P. T. Cherian, Fr. T. M. George, Fr. K. P. Philip, Fr. John Thachenperil Fr. P. M. Kuriakose, Fr. Mathew Varghese (Shebaly) , Fr. Mani. V. C. Chemmanam, Fr. M. P. Jacob and Fr. Slomo Issac George served the parish as vicars since its inception. Fr.Lijo Joseph Modiyil is the current vicar of the parish.

Fr. Pathrose Mookancheril (His Lamented- His Grace Pathrose Mar Osthathios Metropolitan) conducted Orthodox Holy Qurbana in the year 1948 for the first time in Visakhapatnam city at St. Johns CSI Church. The first church was consecrated on Sunday, 28th January 1968 by the then Catholicose of the East and Malankara Metropolitan His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Mathews-I.

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5 Responses for “St. Stephens Vizag Celebrates its Golden Jubilee on Sept. 24”

  1. Somi Philip Chempothara says:

    This is a great moment for me to read about our church. A wonderful feeling, that my father Rev. Fr. Philip Chempothara is still remembered. My memory in Vizagh is ever fresh. Enjoyed every bit of the moment with Papa as he worked along with the church members in making a difference to the community especially to people who suffered from Leprosy by providing food, clothing, emotional support, medical support visiting their centers and encouraging them with words of kindness, our church touched people’s lives doing the most good for the community at any given time. We had the first choir, with Sheeba and, Ruben Peter, Preeti and Priya Varghese, George Maijo uncle (fondly called by me) and many more people. Have no idea where you all are but, yes as youths you all jumped in for any good cause to help the community, the elders encouraged us and set beautiful a path for us to follow and help others in need. Thank you, this was one of the favorite assignments of my Father and the members were our family. My father always said, that the parishioners of St. Stephens church is always Compassionate, Passionate, uplifting, brave with an open heart to help and give. Thank you all from Somi on behalf of my Papa. Rev. Fr. Philip Chempothara.

  2. Varughese (Georgekutty) Punnoose says:

    The photograph of the Church building is so attractive. Ellavarkum perunaal mangalngal, may God bless you all. I thought Vizag church was much larger in terms of number of member families. Request you all pray for a spiritual revival in the new generation of our faith in the West. Best wishes from Chicago

  3. Nimish Cherian Paul says:

    Hey i am happy to inform u that everything went well as i was present there for the function…. We released a Soviner and also launched a website….

    Happy 2 inform u all…..

    Pray for Us

  4. This is my home town church. Very proud of it

  5. Lacey says:

    Woooow….. Great to know. I used to go that church in my school days….

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