NEW JERSEY: A long felt need has been realized finally.
The 12-year-old parish of Sts Basilios-Gregorios Orthodox Church (www.sbgoc.org), New Brunswick of Central New Jersey is finally blessed to stand on its own. They are buying a new Church of their own. They had earlier been part of the St Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.
St Basilios of Kothamangalam and Saint Gregorios of Parumala are the Patron Saints of SBGOC.
SBGOC was established on October 1, 2000 through the leadership of Fr Dr Mathew C Chacko with blessings and Order of Mathews Mar Barnabas, former Metropolitan of the American Diocese.
Dr Yuhanon Mar Meletius, Metropolitan of Thrissur Diocese paid a visit to the new Church in the company of Fr Dr Mathew (Vicar), Mrs Ruthamma Mathew (wife of vicar) and Saji George (PR team leader).
Dr Mar Meletius has been a long time friend of this parish from the very beginning and even now SBGOC honours the bond and relationship they have with the Metropolitan. The Metropolitan led the Holy Qurbana at their rented Church on November 20, 2011.
Initially, SBGOC started out with two to three families worshipping as a congregation at St Sofia’s Theological Seminary in South Bound Brook, New Jersey. In July 2003, the congregation of around 40 families was recognised as a parish under the American Diocese of the Indian Orthodox Church.
Dr Mar Meletius will conclude his visit to Americas by December 12.