MUSCAT : C M Geevarghese and Mary Varghese, have finally bid adieu to Muscat Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka (MGOME) and the Sultanate of Oman. Both senior members they joined as members of the then Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church on August 18, 1978.
Finally, after over three decades, the couple, bid adieu to various church activities and to the Sultanate of Oman on June 1, Friday. They have now settled down in Jagaty, Thiruvanthapuram.
Mary Varghese virtually held the fort as Head Mistress of the Maha Edavaka for 12 long years. During her tenure, the Sunday School students performed excellently in the OSSAE-OKR, Sunday School Final Certificate (SSFC) Exams for four consecutive years from 2008 onwards. The high point of her tenure came in 2010 when the Maha Edvaka under Ahmedabad Diocese emerged as the best Sunday School in the Outside Kerala Region in India and the entire GCC region.
Several spiritual organizations of MGOME like the Mortha Mariyam Samajam, Sunday School, MGOCYM, MGOCSM and the Maha Edavaka hosted countless farewell functions to the couple for their exemplary service towards the church and for the ministry work.
Fr Joji George, Vicar, in his address on the occasion praised the services rendered by the couple especially that of Mary Varghese.
Presenting a memento with a profile picture of Mary, Fr Joji blessed and urged her to continue her good services in the years to come in her new place in Kerala.
Sunday School first began at the Church way back in 1982. Mary Varghese joined as a teacher the very next year in August 1983. For the next 29-and-a-half years, none would have imagined that she will be able to guide the fortunes of this important spiritual organization. From a paltry 2 teachers and 25 students in 1983, she has seen it all. Now, at the time of her departure, the Sunday School strength has grown manifold and presently has bloomed to 23 teachers and over 450 students.
Mary Varghese was able to control the spiritual fortunes of many of the Sunday School students and give them a direction for 12 years as Principal of the Sunday School since 1999. She finally volunteered after gave up her post in 2011 after serving for a long 12 years.
Mary Varghese is the daughter of Very Rev C V John Cor-Episcopa. She hails from Cherikirethu Puthen Veedu, in Elanthur Pathanamthitta district. They have two children in Dr Mathew Varghese and Ann Betty Varghese. Dr Mathew is an Ophthalmologist at Rustaq Hospital, Sultanate of Oman while Betty is settled in the United States.
Mary Varghese also served as an Editor for Vineyard, the parish bulletin of MGOME.
Ahmedabad Diocese Metropolitan head Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios has also extended all best wishes to Mary Varghese and C M Geevarghese and acknowledged their services to the church and the ministry.