DUBAI:Under the auspices of the Orthodox Christian Youth Movement attached to St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral, Dubai, a retrospective picture exhibition was officially opened on Friday, 26th March, 2010 by Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius, Metropolitan of the Calcutta Diocese and Asst.metropolitan of the Delhi diocese to herald the celebration of the centenary Catholicate year in 2012.
The landmark exhibition featured a remarkable collection of memorabilia including photos, paintings and historical documents covering the most significant developments in the growth of the Malankara Orthodox Church right from St. Thomas’s arrival in India in A.D. 52 to the events of the present day.
Speaking during the opening ceremony, Metropolitan Mar Dionysius applauded the extensive efforts made by the OCYM members to obtain the exhibits from far flung sources to amass such a comprehensive display.
He added that many more such exhibitions should be held in the future to build up awareness in today’s youth about the determined vision and sacrifices made by the past leaders of the church to maintain its distinct identity and integrity as their legacy to future generations.
In conjunction with the photo exhibit, a seminar on the topic , “Malankara Orthodox church- yesterday, today and tomorrow” was also held tracing the evolution of the church to what it is today and discussing the direction the future of the church should take based on present day events.
The opening ceremony was also attended by other dignitaries including the vicar of Dubai parish, Fr. Biju P. Thomas, assistant vicar Fr. Pathrose Joy, vicar of the Jebel Ali parish Fr. Aju Abraham, CEO of the Parumala hospital Fr. Alexander Koodarathil, parish trustee Robinson Panicker,secretary Marydasan Thomas and joint secretary Boban Thomas.