Now therefore let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may be before thee for ever: for thou blessest, O LORD, and it shall be blessed for ever - 1 Chronicles 17:27
The Mar Thoma Church in the North American and European continent represents the dreams and aspirations of the faithful members of the Church.
Sinai Mar Thoma Center,
2320 Merrick Avenue,
Merrick, New York 11566
516 377 3311
Rt. Rev. Dr. Isaac Mar Philoxenos Episcopa
Rt. Rev. Dr. Isaac Mar Philoxenos took charge as the fourth resident Diocesan Episcopa on 1 April 2016.
Mar Philoxenos was born on 1951, December 5 as the third son of A M Issac and Mariamma at Attupurathu House, Mavelikkara, Kerala. He had his schooling at B.H. High School and college education at the Bishop Moore College, Mavelikkara. He received his Masters degree in the Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey and Ph. D. from The Banaras Hindu University on the subject "The Doctrine of Grace in Vaisnavisim and Christianity". He was ordained as the priest of the Mar Thoma Church in 1976 and consecrated as the Bishop of the Mar Thoma Church in 1993, while was a faculty of the Mar Thoma Theological Seminary, Kottayam.
He served as the Diocesan Bishop of the Bombay- Delhi diocese from 1993 to 2001. His vision and determination was instrumental in the formation of the Navjeevan Centre in Mumbai, for the rehabilitation of children from the streets and red light areas of Mumbai and a relief centre for HIV affected patients. . He initiated educational programs for children in the villages, especially of North India through "Gram Jyoti Schools". He started "Dharma Jyothi Vidhya Peeth" at Faridabad, near Delhi for theological education in the North Indian Context.
He planned and implemented child focused community development programs in the backward villages. He steered the relief operations at the Earthquake areas of Lathur in Maharastra, Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, and Bhuj in Gujarat in 1993-1994.
He was in charge of the Kottayam- Kochi diocese from 2001 to 2008. He promoted the development in the high range area and emphasized the work against the social evils. He served as the chairman of the Kerala Council of Churches, Thomas mar Athanasius Memorial Research and orientation Centre and Thomas Mar Athanasius Institute of Counselling. Mar Thoma Guidance Centre and Munnar Retreat Home was built during his tenure.
He led the Chennai- Bangalore Diocese from 2009 to 2016. Thirumeni was keen in devising and implementing various plans to transform the Diocese into model diocese of mission. He initiated the development of the new Hospital and Guidance Home at Vellore and in acquiring land for mission work in Chennai, Sivanmpet (Sangareddy), Karaikal (Puducherry) and Bangalore.
His ecumenical leadership was so profound dynamic that he was elected as a member of the central committee of the World Council of Churches, the President of the Senate of Serampore College and Chairperson of Ecumenical Christian Centre, Bangalore.
Witnessing the Divine Revelation
It is our bounden duty to express our faithfulness to God. We firmly believe that as the members of the Mar Thoma community, we are a called out people and are placed in a foreign land with a purpose to fulfill. Our task therefore is to live Christ through our lives and witness Christ through our action or service. The generation that struggled in establishing the Mar Thoma community in these nations are slowly phasing out. The new generation may strongly feel that they are the sons of the soil as citizens of the nations they live. Therefore the terms such as migrants or Diaspora community may not be relevant to them. Being the Mar Thoma members of a particular nation may give a new identity to them. However the culture and ethos becomes more related to the living context. How to address this phenomenon and integrate everyone under one umbrella is a challenge that we face in the Diocese of North America and Europe.
Message of the Diocesan Bishop June 2016
Every day is a new day. It is the day God has given us. Often one wonders, ‘is it good news that awaits me in the dawn to listen, or is it any unexpected incident that causes confusion and sadness’? Today people who long for peaceful lives are asking the question, ‘where are we heading to’? After the brutal and heinous killing of people, unaware and without any provocation, in Orlando, Florida and the natural calamity through the wildfire at Ft. Mc Murray, Alberta which burned hundreds of homes down and forced the evacuation of thousands of residents, this becomes more relevant.