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United Kingdom – Second Diocesan Family Conference

MANCHESTER: The 2nd Annual Diocesan Family Conference of the Diocese of UK, Europe and Africa began on 26 august 2011 at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, Manchester, UK.

Metropolitan Dr. Mathews Mar Thimothios presided over the inaugural meeting. Fr Varghese John, Fr George Samuel and Dr. M.S Alexander gave felicitation speeches. The Orthodox Community from 14 families in 1972 had grown to over 1,500 families in UK at present

In the inaugural address, Mar Thimothios reflected upon the rapid progress of the Orthodox Community and the importance of the Family Conference to bring together the faithful of the diocese to share the faith of the holy Church, happiness, sorrows which may encourage their personal spiritual life.

Fr Abraham Thomas (Registrar of the Orthodox Seminary, Kottayam) is the main speaker at the conference.

The main theme of the conference is ‘A Wise Man Builds his House on Rock’.

A committee under the leadership of Fr Happy Jacob, Dr. Sandeep Mathew, Dr. Paul Peter, Mr. Linz Aynattu, Dr. Sen Kallumpuram, Sunil Philip, Reji Kottarakara and Jinoj Philip is working hard behind the scene for the success of the conference

Dr. Thomas Jacob is the Director of programmes and Music at the conference.

Over 300 delegates are attending this conference at present. They consist of 3 generations of family members – grandparents, parents and children. 23 parishes spread over England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland is benefited by the conference.

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