Articles by: Fr. Dr. Joy Pyngolil

Canons are not against the transfer of Diocesan Bishops: A Response to Dr. Mar Gregorios’ article in the Malankara Sabha Deepam.

Canons are not against the transfer of Diocesan Bishops:  A Response to Dr. Mar Gregorios’ article in the Malankara Sabha Deepam. I was very much impressed with the scholarly introduction of HG Dr. Gregorios’ justification against the idea of Metropolitan’s transfer. From the outset it looked like a researched article. However, further reading in to the article did not hold my interest. The presentation of some high sounding syllables and undocumented

Metropolitan Mar Barnabas- A tribute

Metropolitan Mar Barnabas- A tribute It was on July 3rd, 2012 the last time I had a chance to meet with our beloved Thirumeni at his residence in Pampady Dayara. He was very excited and energetic and eager to learn about the progress of his former diocese which he divided and gave to two of

A Five Year Plan for the South-West diocese of America and Beyond

A Five Year Plan for the South-West diocese of America and Beyond All successful endeavors, military, economic, social, religious or political had strategic planning and visionary leaders behind them. A successful individual will devise his or her career path. What is planning? Let’s review couple of definitions. Planning is: a scheme, program, or method worked out beforehand for

Koodosh Eetho Sunday

Koodosh Eetho Sunday According to our liturgical calendar, October 30th, 31st or the 1st Sunday of November marks the beginning of our liturgical year. We have a special name for this Sunday: Koodosh Eetho (qddosh Hebrew), which means ‘sanctification of the Church’. In this short message I would like to focus on the

Sri Lankan Mission Needs Your Support

Sri Lankan Mission Needs Your Support It was five years ago that I visited Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the tsunami of 2004. The tsunami and its devastating effects were everywhere in the news and all of the media outlets. Contributions were pouring in from other nations into Indonesia, India, Thailand and Sri Lanka as

Will There Be An “Indian Orthodox Church Of North America”?

Will There Be An “Indian Orthodox Church Of North America”? Until 1993 there were only five Oriental Orthodox Churches. On May 3rd, 1993 Eritrea became an independent state and broke it ties with Ethiopia. Eritrea was part of the Ethiopian Kingdom from 8th Century and went under different powers. Ethiopians, under Coptic patronage became non-Chalcedonians during the Christological controversies when

Are We Really An Indian Church?

Are We Really An Indian Church? When E. M. Philip wrote his church history he titled it as : “Apostles Thomas’ Indian Church” (1951). In his book he tried to establish the identity of the Indian church with its affinity and obligation to the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch. Today we affirm that Malankara Orthodox Syrian

The Family In Distress Would Be Helped

The Family In Distress Would Be Helped St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Adimali, Ernakulam District, Kerala was in the news! The Mangalam Daily reported a couple of days back on the funeral of a 60 year old individual, who committed suicide because he couldn’t afford treatment for his diabetes / kidney trouble. He left his family in deep

Pay Scale For Bishops To Be Implemented

Pay Scale For Bishops To Be Implemented A new pay commission is established to revise the priest salary, parish contribution, diocesan contribution, Catholicate day collection, etc., (all together let us call then church taxes) seems to be good idea. However, we need to include members from outside Kerala dioceses especially the two dioceses in North America in

Screening Committee Curtails The Rights Of Malankara Association

Screening Committee Curtails The Rights Of Malankara Association Eight observations about the Screening Committee interestingly authored by Fr. K. M. George seems to be an agenda for discussion. I have mixed feelings about the whole idea of a Screening Committee. Screening Committee is a system within the system where objectivity can easily be compromised. The constitution of the
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