NILACKAL: Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios has been selected for Nilackal Ecumenical Award – 2009. Nilackal ecumenical Trust, a joint body of Catholic, Orthodox, Jacobite, Marthoma and CSI churches gives away two awards every year-Nilackal Ecumenical Award and Nilackal Religious Harmony Award.
A jury under the chairmanship of Geevarghese Mar Athanasius Episcopa of Marthoma church has chosen Mar Osthathios for this prestigious award. This year’s Nilackal Religious Harmony Award is won by the famous poetess Sugathakumari.
The awards will be presented at a grand function to be held at Maha Jubilee Hall, Kanjirappally which will be inaugurated by P. J. Joseph the PWD Minister of Kerala and presided over by Kanjirappally Bishop Dr. Mathew Arackal.
The Religious Harmony Award will be given away to Sugathakumari by Catholicos Elect Metropolitan Paulose Mar Milithios. The Ecumenical Award will be presentd to Metropolitan Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios by Archbishop Dr.Joseph Powathil.
Saffragon Metropolitan of Marthoma Church Dr.Zacharias Mar Theophilos, Bishop Dr. Sam Mathew, Bishop Dr. Thomas Samuel, Rev. Dr. Antony Nirappel – Nilackal Trust Secretary, Anto Antony M.P., Alphonse Kannanthanam M.L.A and Raju Markose, Principal -St. Antony’s College of International Studies will felicitate.