BENGALURU: New Vicar of St Gregorios Orthodox Church, Mathikere, Fr Varghese Philip Idichandy is making himself a mark not only as a priest t also for the upliftment of the downtrodden. He has already begun his dream project to build homes for the poor and the underprivileged through his Beth Olive Creations in Bengaluru.
August 15, 2013 saw the housewarming of the first housing project for Jogy, a member of the St Mary’s Orthodox Church, Begur. The new house built near Bannerghata National Park which worked out for a total cost of over Rs 7.8 lakh which was collected among a team of 15 good Samaritan members of the Olive Group including Fr Idichandy who personally chooses the beneficiary. The work on the 30×40 site took about five months to complete. The Olive team which is creating wonders consists of architect Biju, electrician Raji, civil engineers, Cost Accountant’s and several youungsters.
Fr P V John from Pathananthitta College also took part in the house warming ceremony in the presence of a number of members and well wishers.
Next beneficiary chosen by Fr Idichandy will be Ramesh, a Kannada Christian, the construction of whose home near Begur Church will begin soon. The site has already been donated by Tharakan. Saju Jacob, the sexton of Mathikere’s St Gregorios Orthodox Church, is next on the Vicar’s list for the construction of his house at his Abhigere plot.
Says Fr Idichandy: I love my people and they love me in turn as their spiritual leader. I provide them guidance, leadership and they are ready to sacrifice anything. There is no compromise on ideals. When they love me so much, I am willing to take that extra mile to go any extent. Fr briefly shared his vision among his members but he was confident that together as a group they could achieve this milestone under his leadership.”
Fr Idichandy is also an author, lyricist, philanthropist, orator and many more capabilities.
His Olive Creations has brought out several books, publications, CDs and other liturgical works. The bachelor priest does not rest idle on his laurels. He is always on the move to perform and provide dynamic leadership to the youth of the church.
During festivals like Onam and Christmas, the Vicar is found to be very active. Recently during the Onam festivities, members of Olive creation members served Onam feast to 300 workers near Kengeri on the outskirts under his leadership. Similarly during Christmas seasons they celebrated the birth of Jesus by distributing blankets to poor people on the streets. This time he has planned to gift students their wishes as Christmas gifts at three orphanages in the city.
The yearly Meltho calender is also his brainchild. For the 2014 calendar, Fr Idichandy is planning to design a theological narrative related to the book of Genesis along with related sketches. The entire printing cost of the calenders will be borne by Beth Olive Creations.