# Previously the church was under Diocese of Africa-Europe
# Compliments Fr Mathews Mathews on taking up the Yemen assignment as Vicar
# Fr Mathews, aged 70, completes 25 years of ministry as a priest
# Holy Liturgy at the parish on regular basis since December last year
AHMEDABAD: Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan of Ahmedabad Diocese has officially welcomed and included St Mary’s Orthodox Church of Sana’a in Yemen to the Diocese of Ahmedabad and welcomed the vicar, managing committee and faithful members to its fold.
This is as per the Kalpana of His Holiness the Catholiocs (HES/HH/09/2012) dated March 19, 2012. Yemen is part of the Arabian Peninsula and lies west of Sultanate of Oman.
Dr Mar Yulios has in a Kalpana dated June 29, 2012, acknowledged the support the parish received from the Europe-Africa Diocese of the Church which was under Metropolitan HG Dr Mathews Mar Timothios and extends thanks to all the priests who had served from the previous diocese as well.
Dr Mar Yulios duly acknowledges the commitment and willingness of Rev Fr Mathews Mathews, who volunteered to visit Yemen from December 2011 and his willingness to serve the church despite political unrest in the country.
The Metropolitan adds: “The Church as a whole was praying for the parish during those turbulent days and continue to pray even now. We are glad and thankful to God Almighty for accepting the opportunity to despatch a priest from our (Ahmedabad) Diocese since earlier days so that you were able to conduct the Holy Liturgy.”
Dr Mar Yulios compliments Fr Mathews Mathews on crossing 70 years and also completing Silver Jubilee in His ministry as a priest of the Church. Metropolitan has extended his best wishes to him and his family on this special occasion.
May He continue to bless him and guide him in all his duties, Metropolitan notes in his Kalpana.