ABU DHABI: More than three hundred delegates from the seven Orthodox Churches in UAE attended the 17th Annual Conference of OCYM – UAE zone hosted by St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Abu Dhabi on 27th January 2012.
The theme of the conference was “Marthoman Heritage – Lessons of understanding”.
The Conference that began with flag hoisting immediately after Holy Qurbana was led by renowned scholar, orator and Church historian Fr. Dr. M. O. John. He has served as professor in Orthodox Theological Seminary and is currently a resource person in United Theological College, Bangaluru.
Fr. Dr. M O John elucidated the rich heritage of the Indian Christians who cherished the legacy of the Apostle St. Thomas and also threw light on the developments that led to the installation of Catholicate in India. He is also the chief editor of Malankara Sabha Deepam.
The conference was presided over by the Cathedral Vicar and UAE Zone President Fr. V C Jose and was attended by Fr. Saji Abraham of Al Ain and Fr. Abraham John of Sharjah along with other dignitaries.
A moment of silence was observed in respect of the departed soul of Late Lamented HG Job Mar Philoxenos who was the beacon of OCYM UAE Zonal Committee. Tributes were also paid to renowned scholar and writer Mr. Sukumar Azhikode who had left for his heavenly abode last week.
Yuvadarshanam , the first visual magazine of its kind with the activity reports of the OCYM units in UAE enriched with visual effects was released on the occasion.
Assistant Vicar of the Cathedral, Fr. Cherian Jacob welcomed the delegates and UAE Zonal Secretary Thomas T Mathew proposed the vote of thanks.
Jibu Kurien of St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, Sharjah was elected as the OCYM UAE Zone Secretary for the year 2012 and was handed over the OCYM flag.
Prizes were also distributed to the winners of the various competitions organized under the aegis of UAE Zonal Committee.
Fr. Johnson Punchakonam coordinated with the media team in Abu Dhabi to web stream the conference live through www.orthodoxtv.in, which enabled more than 3300 viewers worldwide to be part of the sessions led by Fr. John. The webcast was also available on Malankara orthodox TV with the coordinated efforts from Joice Thottakad.
News sent in: Reji Mathew Meenadom