Tech-savvy Malankara Orthodox Metropolitans… Mar Nicholovos And Mar Eusebius Emerge Active Facebook Users

Written By: on Sep 18th, 2010 and filed under Columns, Features, Opinions.

Majority of the metropolitans like HG Thomas Mar Athanasius (Chengannur), HG Kuriakose Mar Clemis (Thumpamon), HG Dr Zachariah Mar Anthonios (Kollam), HG Geevarghese Mar Coorilos (Mumbai), HG Paulose Mar Pachomios (Mavelikara), HG Dr Zachariah Mar Theophilus (Malabar), HG Dr Yuhanon Mar Chrisostomos (Niranam) have their profile and picture linked to http://mosc.in, the official website of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.

A profile of HG Gabriel Mar Gregorios, Metropolitan of Thiruvananthapuram is on Wikipedia at ttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel_Mar_Gregorios.

HG Dr Mathews Mar Themothios is available on http://www.iocukeuropeafrica.org, the diocese site for UK, Europe and Africa detailing the biography of the metropolitan head.

HG Dr Yuhanon Mar Dioscorus, Metropolitan of Chennai is on http://indianchristianity.vatsofts.com/orthodox/ directory with some of his events on youtube by Parumala seminary and also HG Yuhanon Mar Polycarpos, Ankamaly Metropolitan on http://indianchristianity.vatsofts.com/orthodox/diocese/angamaly/angamaly.

HG Joseph Mar Dionysius, Metropolitan of Calcutta is profiled on www.icon.org.in/php/HGJosephMarDionysius

and other sites. HG Dr Abraham Mar Epiphanios, Metropolitan of Sultan Battery is linked to www.pathicaduoschurch.org, a website of St Peter’s & St Paul’s Orthdox Church, Mallapally, Kerala while HG Geevarghese Mar Ivanios, Metropolitan of Kottayam gets noticed on www.pampadydayara.com.

Posts and updates from Mar Nicholovos and Mar Eusebius are looked forward to by his friends comprising of a mixture of both young and old ranging from kids, parents, vicars, decons, rembans, expatriates and friends.

Nicholovos has recently installed Facebook for Android application on his phone. During his recent trip to Kerala, HG Nicholovos posted thus: “Vacation over now, time to get things under control. Have to shed a few pounds I gained in India and need to bring that glucose level to under 100..”

Another post towards the end of his trip went like this: Enjoying time in India, unfortunately sugar levels are not as I want them to be. I think being among family is injurious to my health….

Such posts brought out instant reactions from his wide friends circle. Anu Jacob, a Facebook friend of Nicholovos retorted jockingly: If you stop having all those nayappams, oondas and Fruti drinks you wouldn’t have sugar problems!! God Bless :)

Birthdays of both the bishops elicited chain of greetings and best wishes from their US friends and from other parts of globe. New diocese head of Ahmedabad. HG Dr Pullikkottil Geevarghese Mar Yulios is also active on Facebook.

Available with the web link www.facebook.com/puliachen linking it www.1church.org reminding one of his tenure as Assistant Vicar at St Gregorios Orthodox Church, Chicago, under the South-West American Diocese.

Managing 334 friends, HG Dr Yulios mentions his political and religious views which are moderate and universal love and service.

The metropolitan who envisions a global church has posted some interesting offbeat pictures of his life in America titled ‘Look at Me.’ His likes and interests relate to Northeast American Diocese, Orthodukso, HG Dr Geevarghese Mar Julios (!) and HH Baselios Marthoma Didymos I.

43 people have liked HG Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim, Metropolitan of Bangalore’s, entry into Facebook which is a recent one. There is only one profile photo and no discussions so far on his page. Dr Seraphim is a virtual newcomer with a growing friends list.

More inputs and activity will be watched with interest from the bishop due to his becoming the first metropolitan head of Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India.

HG Dr Milithios has some of his folders listed which relate to divorce rates in Kerala, global warming, church and current economic situation, articles and interviews on TV and print media. Images of visits abroad have been titled ‘My days in Singapore, Sydney, San Jose, LA, Orlando’ among others. His collection of photos of nature titled ‘Learn from Nature’ is outstanding.

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6 Responses for “Tech-savvy Malankara Orthodox Metropolitans… Mar Nicholovos And Mar Eusebius Emerge Active Facebook Users”

  1. Dear John,
    I never visited their postings. My data was from IOH and MTV reports and my response was to those reports. Pardon my ignorance. My general research showed that they must be spending quite bit of time- about 10 hours or more p/d (statistically speaking) simply reaching out our youngsters. If it is simply a “social net work/cool guy” approach (from you example) then it is a different take. Mission is the “Missio- Dei” , that is God’s mission. Our calling is to extend that mission.. By the way, responsible and ethical use of technology with some set guidelines is a contextualization of ministry. However, you don’t give the secrets of HAARP technology to a toddler.

  2. Jacob K. says:

    John,

    I agree. Based on the article, I had incorrectly assumed that our Thirumeni’s were presenting our church in a positive light.

    It is not the tool (Facebook, Twitter) that matters. Content is what matters.

    Yes – we do have some very good, devout and highly educated priests (both young and old) who do the Lord’s work in the right way.

    May God continue to grant them wisdom and courage.

  3. John Mathew says:

    With all due respect, do you actually thing that:
    “Vacation now over … have to shed a few pounds … need to bring that glucose level to under 100″
    is the type of mature, experienced online comment that is going to attract the supposed “lost youth” of the diaspora back to the Church?

    I don’t think so. What I do think is that this kind of silliness is what will turn off more people from the Church when they realize that our leaders are not the type of “spiritual mentors” they want.

    In my opinion, the saving grace of the Malankara Church is the large minority of extremely competent, decent, devoted priests, not the supposedly tech-savvy bishops who tweet useless trivia.

    If you want a real example of technologically-savvy churches that do useful things, look at the Orthodox Church in America or the British Orthodox Church. They provide copious amounts of material that help to logically define what they are about, and leave it to those principles to attract people. That’s the way to do it, the Orthodox way.

    Can you imagine Parumala Mar Gregorios fooling around with the internet? Or let’s even look at lesser bishops like Mor Augen?

    No! Those fathers wrote books, started monasteries, translated ancient texts to make them accessible to the modern generation (of their time). They fostered Orthodoxy.

    The bishops we have now? Can they even touch the hem of our true fathers of old?

    Or is Orthodoxy about merely gaining new converts and followers via any mechanism? Then why stop at tweets and facebook, why not totally embrace the modern era and get on a reality TV show, or go on America’s Got Talent, or whatever?

    I doubt these bishops are presenting our Church in a positive light; if you want an example of that, you need only check out the OCA or the British Orthodox Church for examples of how it ought to be done.

    Thankfully, we have priests like Chos Episcopa Thottupuram putting out useful online journals like the “Voice of Orthodoxy” to counterbalance the immature Facebook junk.

  4. Jacob K. says:

    John,

    At least these Thirumenis are exposing positive aspects of our church on the world-wide web.

    But, what about some of our inexperienced Achens who haven’t learned the dangers of the new media and use Facebook and Twitter as teenagers!

    It is hilarious to read some of their postings.

  5. John Mathew says:

    What happened to the good old days when we were led by non-worldly monks, who one could refer to as a “spiritual father” without gagging?

    Now what do we have?

    Worldly vacuous politicians.

  6. Great. Evangelization in a digital age. It is a good tool as the social network is growing leaps and bounds- over 500 million people already in the list with 70% in the US. Other statistics shows that 78% of the Face book users falls below 35 years or younger. Average face book users has about 130 fans and they spend about 55 minutes a day browsing/interacting on face book. It seems that digital technology use by our bishops will help attract more youth back to the church since there is a growing concerns about our diaspora youngsters.

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