PHILADELPHIA: It was send off time for the former Metropolitan of the North East American Diocese Mathews Mar Barnabas.
Philadelphia area Orthodox parishes on Sunday May 2 organised a grand send off for the aged bishop. The Metropolitan had expressed his desire to avail retirement from administrative duties of the diocese.
Also in attendance were Dr Yuhanon Mar Milithios, Metropolitan of the Thrissur Diocese and Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholavos of the NE American Diocese who addressed the audience.
Both Dr Mar Milithios and Dr Mar Nicholavos presented a memento to the Mar Barnabas on the occasion.
A large number of vicars, cor-episcopas from the diocese parishes took part in the function.