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Joel Mathew to Diaconate on May 21

DALLAS: Joel Mathew will be ordained to the Holy Order of Sub-Deacon (Yaupadiakono) by H.G. Alexios Mar Eusebius, Metropolitan of the Diocese of South-West America on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

The ordination will take place at his home parish, the newly consecrated St. Mary Orthodox Church, Farmers Branch, Texas on Saturday, May 21, 2011. Morning Prayer will begin at 7:30 AM.

Joel Mathew is in his final year at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania and will graduate on May 28, 2011. Joel is planning to join Old Theological Seminary in Kottayam (India) in October 2011.

Prior to joining seminary, Joel attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas where he received his BA & Masters degrees with a concentration in accounting & economics. As a licensed CPA (Certified Public Accountant) in the state of Texas, Joel worked for Ernst & Young, LLP before deciding to attend seminary. He has also served as the General Treasurer of the MGOCSM of America from 2008-2010. Prior to his term as General Treasurer he also served on the MGOCSM National Council as a representative for the Dallas/Oklahoma area from 2006 to 2008.

Joel Mathew is the son of Thomas & Gracy Mathew (Valliazhiathu Family from Kattanam, Kerala) who now reside in Flower Mound, TX.

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