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Catholicos Elect to Consecrate Staten Island Church on Friday and Saturday

NEW YORK: Consecration of newly renovated St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Staten Island, New York will take place on Friday and Saturday, June 18-19, 2010. Catholicos Elect Metropolitan Paulose Mar Milithios will be the chief celebrant at the consecration services.

Metropolitan of the North East American Diocese Mathews Mar Barnabas, Auxiliary Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholavos, Metropolitan of Kandanadu Diocese and Secretary to the Episcopal Synod Dr. Mathews Mar Severios and Metropolitan of the Diocese of South West America Alexios Mar Eusebius will assist the Catholicos Elect.

“Construction of the new Church with an elegance of antiquity is primarily the gift of God. At the same time it is also the achievement of a relentlessly hard working Construction Committee and sincere and prayerful cooperation of the parishioners”, said the Vicar Fr. T.A. Thomas. Fr. T.A. Thomas led the construction committee. It took five years to finish the construction of the new Church.

Events are to begin at 5.00 pm on Friday, June 18 with a red carpet welcome to the Metropolitans. First part of the consecration will follow on the same day after the evening prayers.

Morning prayers will begin at 7.00 am on Saturday, June 19, which will be followed by the second part of the consecration. Holy Qurbana and public meeting will be to go thereafter.

For More Details:

P.C. John (Treasurer): 973.731.5447
Raju Philip (Convener): 917.854.3818
George Mathew (Convener): 718.801.0453