Ranchi : The renovated St. Stephen’s Orthodox Church, Ranchi was re-dedicated by the Diocesan Metropolitan Dr. Joseph Mar Dionysius on October 1, 2012.
On 2nd October Holy Mooninmel Qurbana was celebrated with His Grace being the Chief Celebrant and Rev. Fr. Aju K. Varghese (Vicar, St.Mary’s Orthodox Church, Bhandara) and Rev. Fr. Abraham P.J. (Vicar, Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church, Jamshedpur) as co-celebrants.
Metropolitan praised the efforts of Vicar Fr. Mathew Thomas and the parishioners for renovating and beautifying the church.
Fr. Mathew Thomas acknowledged the valuable contributuions of Kuwait-St.Gregorios Maha Edavaka, Ahmadi-St.Thomas Orthodox Church, Bhandara-St.Mary’s Orthodox Church, towards the renovation of the Church.
Thereafter the Metropolitan planted a sapling in the Church premises in commemoration of the Church Renovation and inauguration of the Eco-Club.
During the Parish Day Celebrations, Rev. Dr. Joseph Ayrookuzhy Ranchi Marthoma Church Vicar honored Mar Dionysius by presenting a Shawl & boque. During the function, the senior members who had completed 60 years of age were honored.
Church civil work contractor, Omanakuttan was specially felicitated on the occasion. Declaration of the institution of a Memorial Award named after Late M P Mathew, a pioneer member of the parish was done by Mar Dionysius.
Sunday school students and Martha Mariam Samajam members presented songs, dance and skit.
News Reported by: Jerry John Koshy