A meeting of the members of the Sunday School Board of the Eparchy was held at the Syro-Malankara Catholic Eparchial Chancery, on February 2nd, 2019. The meeting was presided over by the Eparchial Bishop, Most Rev. Dr. Philipos Mar Stephanos. The following members attended the meeting: Rev. Fr. Abraham Lukose, Eparchial Sunday School Director, Rev. Sr. Dr. Jocelyn Edathil, S.I.C; Rev. Sr. Anjali, D.M; Mrs. Jasmine Thomas ( Elmont); Mr. Sunny Thomas ( New Jersey) and Mrs. Elizabeth Kalampanayil ( Washington D.C).
On March 9, 2019, MCYM East had a Lenten retreat from 9 AM to 4 PM at St. Mary’s Yonkers Church. The topic was “Being United in Christ in All Things” and the main speaker was Mr. Savio Paul, a second-year seminarian studying for the Archdiocese of New York. Approximately 25 youth from the Eastern region, participated in the retreat, which was a blessed occasion for all who attended. Deacon Jobin Thomas and Sr. Jocelyn Edathil were also present during the retreat.
On Saturday, February 9, His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Philipos Mar Stephanos attended the 2019 Committee Inauguration and Handing Over ceremony for the India Catholic Association of America (ICAA). His Excellency delivered the inaugural speech and emphasized the value of life and the need to continue to bear the witness of Christ to the world, especially in light of the new abortion legislation signed by New York Governor. Rev. Fr. Noby Ayyaneth also delivered a speech during the meeting. Mr.
On January 26, 2019, the Pastoral Council meeting was held at 10 AM in the Eparchial Chancery, Elmont, NY. His Excellency Philipos Mar Stephanos presided over the meeting. Rt. Rev. Msgr. Gigi Philip offered the opening prayer and made a reflection on the duties and responsibilities of the Pastoral Council Members.
His Excellency extended a formal welcome to the newly constituted Pastoral Council members and gave the orientation talk and announced the names of the nominated Pastoral Council members.
The New Bishops’ Orientation Program (NBOP) was held on February 12th at the USCCB Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The USCCB President Daniel Cardinal DiNardo inaugurated the program via teleconference. The program presented the new bishops about the USCCB operations, strategic planning, the functioning of various committees, along with fraternal discussions on issues pertinent to the newly ordained Bishops. His Excellency Mar Stephanos attended the meeting.