THIRUVALLA: Secretary to the North East American Diocese and Vicar of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Jacksonheights Fr. John Thomas celebrated the silver jubilee of his priesthood. The felicitation meeting was held at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Pulikkeezh, Thirvalla, Kerala, Fr.John Thomas’ home parish on Jan. 31,2010.
Metropolitan of Mavelikara Diocese Paulose Mar Pachomios celebrated Holy Qurbana on the occasion. Secretary to the Diocese of Niranam Fr. Abraham (Appu Achen), Fr. Jacob Philip, Member of the Sabha Managing Committee from USA, K. V. Mamman and Chor- Episcopos Zachariah were the main felicitators. Felicitations were read at the absence of the Senior Metropolitan of Niranam Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios.
Prof. John Mathews Koodarathil was the main speaker on the occasion. He remembered that his association with Fr. John Thomas began through MGOCSM as he and Fr. John Thomas started working together for the Movement. He reiterated that his association with the Father strengthened his relations with his own Church. His 13 year long stint as General Secretary to MGOCSM was exemplary. Fr. John Thomas stands for the society and its well being too, the Professor said. He always was active with various activities of the Movement and he made everyone participate at their capacities as well, continued Prof. John Mathew, who is currently the Senior Vice-President of the Movement.
Vicar of the Pulikeezh St. Mary’s Church Fr. Raju was the organizer of the meeting. Fr. John Thomas thanked all at his reply speech.
Fr. John Thomas was the secretary of Salalah St. Stephen’s orthodox congregation while he was working as Manager at the Grind Lays Bank. He served as secretary of the St. Stephen’s Congregation, Bergenfield, when he was a theology student at New Jersey in the 80s. Now Fr. John Thomas is president of the Council of Churches in New York as well as Secretary of the Clergy Fellowship, St. Thomas Ecumenical Federation of New York.