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An Appeal: St. Gregorios Orthodox Syrian Church, Dhule

Short History

St. Gregorios Orthodox Syrian Church, Dhule is the first Parish of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church in the northern region of Maharastra. In the year 1984, our Late Lamented Metropolitan Dr.Philipose Mar Theophilus visited Dhule and established this Congregation. In the initial period the Priests from St.George Orthodox Church, Nasik (i.e. 155 kms away from Dhule) led the worship. Unfortunately, because of the shortage of Priests in the Diocese of Bombay, the diocese was unable to provide much attention to this Congregation for last 15 years and no priests visited Dhule during this period. Slowly this congregation stopped functioning.

At this time the Catholic Priests from CMI Congregation (Chavara Fathers) came to Dhule. With the support of Malayalee Christian Community, most of them are Orthodox Christians, they purchased land and established a Hospital, School and Church and most of the Orthodox Christians joined in that Church.

In 2008, Rev. Fr.Thomas Myalil, then Vicar of St. George Orthodox Church, Nasik, visited Dhule and reorganized the Orthodox Christian Community. With the initiative of Fr. Thomas Holy Qurbana is being celebrated once a month. In the initial period Holy Qurbana was conducted in different houses, especially in the house of Mr.P.V.John, and then the Holy Qurbana was being conducted in the nearby Syro Malabar Catholic Church, in the evening of the first Sunday of every month. After 4 months, Fr. Thomas was transferred to Doha. Then Fr. Shaji Chacko from Nasik continued to visit Dhule for one year.

Current Situation:

In June 2009, H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos, the Metropolitan of Diocese of Bombay appointed Fr.Thomas Philipose as the Vicar of this Congregation. From August 2009 onwards Holy Qurbana is being celebrated every month regularly at Syro Malabar Catholic Church on every First Sunday morning at 11 a.m. More than 120 people attend Holy Qurbana regularly. Faithful come from Dhule and surrounding places, some of them are coming from 100KMs away. There are around 30 families scattered around 300 kilometer radius.

Under the leadership of His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos we raised Rs. 15 lakhs and purchased a small property, around 7 cents with an old building, in the city. The old building is renovated to a chapel by the hard work of parishioners. His Grace consecrated this Chapel on 12th and 13th of November and declared as an official Parish and Church under Mumbai Diocese.

Immediate need:

Lot of work is left. But the Church immediately need (1) a bore well to make the place livable and (2) a boundary wall around the property to make it safe and secure. As a small congregation it can’t lift this burden themselves since they are already exhausted their resources.

This Church is appealing you all for your prayerful support and financial help to complete this humble mission. We will be very grateful to you if you sponsor any or part of these works. You can send your financial contributions in favor of

St.Gregorios Orthodox Syrian Church,
a/c No in HDFC Bank. 06371450000148.
RTGS / NEFT IFSC Code – HDFC0000637.

Fr.Thomas Philipose (Vicar)