KOTTAYAM: The official inauguration of Family Welfare Month of the Malankara Orthodox Church was held on Sunday,4th October, at 4pm, at Mar Elia Cathedral in Kottayam by the Supreme Head of the Church Catholicose Baselios Marthoma Didymos I. Metropolitan Dr. Thomas Mar Athanasius presided over the function.
Former Vice Chancellor of MG University Dr. Cyriac Thomas in his key note address, spoke on the topic “Family Life: Challenges and Solutions”
Metropolitans Mathews Mar Theodosius, Dr. Mathews Mar Themothios, Jose K. Mani M.P, V. N. Vasavan M.L.A, Bindu Santhoshkumar – Muncipal Chair Person, Fr. Johns Abraham Konatt – Priest Trustee, Dr. George Joseph – Sabha Secretary, Fr. P.A. Philip - Director of Human Resource management of Church, Biju Jacob and A. K. Joseph spoke on the occasion.
A Documentary film entitled “Bhoomiyil Oru Swargam”,on Christian family relationship and its right nurturing was released during the function by the Catholicose. Thereafter the 50 minute Documentary was presented before the audience. Towering personalities like Aswathy Thirunal Gowri Lakshmi Bai, Mar Chrysostom Valiya Metropolitan, Sugatha Kumari, Justice Benjamin Koshy, Sr. Joan Chungapura, Dr. P.M. Mathew Vellore and Fr. Dr. O. Thomas shared their valuable thoughts and views on different aspects of family life in this documentary. The heart touching stories of some families which successfully overcame the insurmountable crisis in life give added color to the documentary.
An official family website “marry2love” was launched on the same day which provides matrimonial guidance and family counseling as well to the Church members.