NEW YORK: Preparations are going on at a fast pace for the second Family and Youth Conference of the North East American Diocese in July at Newark, Delaware. The conference aims at spiritual, social, and cultural growth of the members of North East American diocese.
Main Theme of the Conference is ‘Be still and know that I am God’, Psalm 46:10
Metropolitan of the Diocese of Calcutta Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius and Abbot of St. Tikhon’s Monastery, Pennsylvania, Fr. Igumen Sergius Bowyer will be the main speakers for the conference.
Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius was born on June 15th, 1956 at Valanjavattam, Thiruvalla, Kerala as son of T.V. Mathai and Eliamma. Metropolitan belongs to St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Valanjavattam of the Diocese of Niranam and is a member of Mount Tabor Monastery, Pathanapuram.
Mar Dionysius joined the Mount Tabor Monastery in 1971 and was ordained as deacon in 1980. He became a priest in December, 1985.
The Metropolitan holds M.Phil and Ph.D. from University of Kerala and a Degree in Divinity from Senate of Serampore. He had undergone training in Christian Leadership at the Haggai International Institute in 2005. He was professor in the Department of Zoology at the St. Stephen’s College, Pathanapuram and Research Director as well. He has held various important positions at the University level as well.
The American Biographical Institute recognized the Metropolitan with ‘Man of the Year’ award in 2003. He had also secured the ‘St. Berchuman’s Award’ for the best university teacher in 2003 and 2008.
Formerly kown as Fr. Dr. Markose Joseph, Mar Dionysius was elected to bishopricate in September 2008 at the Malankara Association met at Pampakuda, Ernakulam District. He became Ramban later at Parumala Seminary and got consecrated as metropolitan with the name Mar Dionysius at Puthuppalli, Kottayam in February, 2009.
The second resource person of the conference is Fr. Igumen Sergius Bowyer. Fr. Igumen Sergius is the Abbot of the first Orthodox Monastery, St. Tikhon’s at Pennsylvania. He teaches also liturgical music at the St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Pennsylvania.
Fr. Igumen Sergius took his theological training at St. Tikhon’s Theological Seminary and joined the Brotherhood of St. Tikhon’s Monastery. He became a priest in 2009 and got elevated as the 16th abbot of the monastery on January 23, 2010.
Metropolitan Mathews Mar Barnabas and Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholavos of the Diocese of North East America will lead the conference. There will be facilities and special arrangements for pastoral counseling, spiritual guidance, bible classes, meditations, and confession etc. aimed for the spiritual awakening of the attendees.
Musical choir will create a heavenly ambience for the conference. There will be special and separate meetings for Men, Women, Children and the Youth. Clergy Association, St. Thomas Men’s Association, St. Mary’s Women’s League and Sunday School will have separate seminars and meetings at the conference.