MAR GREGORIOS ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN STUDENTS MOVEMENT(M.G.O.C.S.M.)

 

M.G.O.C.S.M is one of the oldest Christian Student Organization in India. It is the student wing of the Indian Orthodox Church, officially known as the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church with Headquarters at Devalokam, Kottayam, Kerala, India.

It was formed to bring together Orthodox students at colleges, high schools levels and to create in them brotherly love. Initially, the movement was started in 1907 by a group of Students and Senior leaders in Madras under the name 'Syrian Student Conference'(SSC) with its first Annual meeting held at Thiruvalla, Kerala in January 1, 1908. The "Syrian Student Conference" assumed its present name "Mar Gregorios Orthodox Christian Students Movement" {M.G.O.C.S.M} with the motto "WORSHIP, STUDY & SERVICE” in the year 1960.

The Movement has three main Objectives:

  • to deepen the spiritual life of its orthodox members.
  • to prepare them to be responsible citizens in the Church and Society
  • to encourage them to commit themselves to sacrificial service in the Church and Society.

 

The high ideals behind the finding of the Movement included bringing together the Orthodox Christian students of different educational institutions into one body in order to get them rooted in Orthodox faith and traditions and to strengthen them in the spiritual life and Christian fellowship. The Movement has grown as an international one with about 1500 units all over the world. It has been maintaining inter-disciplinary contacts in the academic field for a long time by the formation of its wings. They are the high school, higher secondary, college-post college wings; University, medical auxiliary, technical auxiliary, missionary forum, literary forum and publication wing.

The greatest contribution the Movement has made to the Church is that it has prepared and provided able and outstanding leaders for her service from time to time including Late lamented Metropolitan Dr Stephanos Mar Theodosious, late Metropolitan Dr Philipose Mar Theophilos, late Metropolitan Dr Paulose Mar Gregorios (Theologian & Former President, WCC), the late Shri C.M. Stephen (Former Union Cabinet Minister), Alexander Joseph and late Dr P.C. Alexander M.P. (Former Governor of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu). The blessed name of the Patron saint Saint Gregorios of Parumala, the great vision of Saint Dionysius (Vattasseril), the prayerful patronage of holy fathers of the Church and the encouragement of elders have enabled the Movement to serve the Church and the student community at large.

‘M.G.O.C.S.M. Ghaziabad’ started its’ way back in 1997 when Rev Fr P.K. Thomas served as the vicar of St. Thomas Orthodox Church Ghaziabad. One of the senior friends of MGOCSM, Mr Sanjay Raphael visited the parish along with a Brother from the seminary conducted a retreat in the parish coordinating the young students of the parish. That was the first-ever meeting of the youngsters (born outside Kerala) which gave a humble beginning for the MGOCSM unit in Ghaziabad. Mr Varghese (Abey) C. Cherian was elected as its’ first Secretary. The members who were instrumental in developing the unit at that time included Vineeta Varghese, Limsy Varghese, Merlin George, Annie Mathew, Lovelish Abraham, Beena Varghese, Joseph Simon to name a few. Over the years the unit has evolved and has ventured out into many new initiatives, providing a platform to every young mind of the church to develop & showcase their talents and use them for the glory of God & a better world. It is headed by diocesan Metropolitan, H.G. Dr Youhanon Mar Demetrios and the parish vicar.

The unit meets alternative Sundays after the Holy Qurbana, & has a strength of around 25 members. The sessions consist of prayer, bible reading, devotional songs, classes/speeches, quizzes, personality development, & entertaining programs. Various other activities are also organized in the unit.

Some of them are:

  • Classes on faith, liturgy and traditions of the church.
  • Educational orientation classes.
  • Providing study materials, uniforms and other scholarships to financially backward students.
  • Awards for academic excellence.
  • Providing clothes, medicines and financial aid to the needy.
  • Building a house for needy people in Kerala under ‘Mar Philexenos Housing Project’.
  • Publishing Newsletters and Magazines titled “MANNA”
  • The unit generates its’ fund for such above initiative and activities through sincere hard work and toil of its members every single year by making & sale of Christmas Cake in large bulk.
  • With the year passing, it had developed and became one of the most energetic and dynamic units with being awarded the ‘ Metropolitan Award’ for being the best unit of the Delhi Diocese in 2011.

 

ANNUAL DIOCESAN EVENTS:

MGOCSM helps students to review the Sunday school topics, discuss the disturbing thoughts, and doubts they carry, enlighten through seminars and conferences; LOGOS, talent showcasing through cultural competitions; OLIVE, the arrival of new year & Christmas get-together, YELDO, and felicitation of board Students & orientation programmes, ARETE.

OFFICE BEARERS (2021-22)

 

Secretary                   Jeena Abraham

Joint Secretary          Sibin Mathew 

Treasurer                   Jerry Rajan

 

Worship Sec               Divya John 

Service Sec                 Jiss Susan Joseph

Study Sec                    Eldose Joseph

Cultural Sec                 Bijoy Rajan

 

Manna Team 

Editor                            Bijoy Rajan

 

Team Members

Mathew Joseph

Shibin B Joseph

Tincy Philip

Manu Mathew

Rijin S Mathew

 

Technical Head                Mathew Joseph 

Internal Auditor              Alex John 

Prayatna Coordinator     Romy Peter, Tincy Philip 

Unit Vice President         Asvin Simon

 

 

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