BANGALORE: The Mar Theodosios Memorial Gold Medal was awarded to Rahul Cherian for securing the third rank for Sunday School Final Certificate SSFC-OKR in the year 2008.
The award has been sponsored by St Gregorios Indian Orthodox Maha Edavaka, Kuwait and presented by Fr K M Jacob at the St Mary’s Orthodox Church, Jalahalli, Bangalore on May 2, 2010.
Rahul Cherian, a member of the St Mary’s Orthodox Valliapally, Bangalore, Madras Diocese, had scored 90 / 100 for the Sunday School Final Certificate (SSFC) examination conducted by the Orthodox Syrian Sunday School Association of the East (Outside Kerala Region) in 2008.
In February, Abraham Mar Epiphanios , Assistant Metropolitan, Bangalore Diocese, on his maiden official visit to the Valliyapally also ordained Rahul as an altar boy to the church before the Holy Qurbana. The short function was attended by ex-vicar of the Jalahalli church Fr K M Jacob and Fr Geevarghese Samuel.
“I thank God for helping me get the 3rd rank in SSFC OKR exam and also for making me to enter the altar. Being inside the altar is an all together a different feeling. The sort of feeling which would make one direct towards the presence of the Almighty,” says Rahul.
An active member of the church’s MGOCSM, Rahul who derives inspiration from Parumala Thirumeni, is now presently doing Standard XII in Sunday School.
Rahul has candid and forthright views of the church. “My views about the church would be quite conflicting. I feel that our orthodoxy needs a change. We have stood the test of time and maintained our heritage and traditions very well .But as of now, the church needs a change – a sort of change which would attract more people towards orthodoxy rather than making people quit and join other factions.”
A product of the Bangalore Kendriya Vidyalaya No 2, Jalahalli East, Rahul is trying to get into the National Law School India University and aspires for a career as a diplomat or in the Indian judicial services.
Rahul is the grandson of Chackizhathu Arabham Cherian from Kidaganoor, Chenganur. He is the son of Lal and Elizabeth Cherian and has Renee Susan Cherian as his sister.