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Delhi Orthodox Diocesan Council (DODC)


Every Diocese will have a Diocesan Council. Two Priests and four laymen elected by the Diocesan Assembly and the Diocesan Secretary will be the members of the Council. Their term of office will be five years. If in the meantime any vacancy arises in the Council the remaining members have the right to co-opt another instead. The Secretary of the Diocesan Assembly will be the Secretary of the council. The Diocesan Metropolitan will convene the Council and will preside over the meeting. The Diocesan Council usually meets at least twice a year. The Diocesan Council will prepare the budget for the Income and Expenditure of the Diocese.

The Delhi Orthodox Diocesan Council is the society registered by the Delhi Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church in 1979 (Reg. No. 10502 of 1979) under Societies registration act XXI of 1860 with Registrar of Societies, Delhi. The primary objectives of the council is to provide and administer the parishes, congregations, monasteries and convents, medical and educational institutions and cater to the welfare of the humankind, especially for the upliftment of the poor and the downtrodden by means of various charitable and service oriented endeavours.

Following is the list of the Delhi Orthodox Diocesan Council (D.O.D.C.) for the year 2017-2022:



His Grace Dr. Youhanon Mar Demetrios

Mobile: 9810791894



Rev. Fr. Saji Yohannan

Mobile: 9810397795



S.No. Name Designation Contact
1. Rev. Fr. Saji Abraham Clergy St. Thomas Orthodox Church
D Pocket, Sarita Vihar
New Delhi-110076
Mobile: 07042756232,
2. Rev. Fr. Pathrose Joy Clergy St. Mary’s Medical Centre
Phase – VI, Block H, Aya Nagar
New Delhi – 110 047
Mobile: 7582000415,
3. Mr. P. K. Thankachan Laity 74-H, Pocket IV
Mayur Vihar Ph – 1
Delhi – 110091
Mobile: 9871060041,
4. Mr. Varghese Kurian Laity 837, Eldeco Colony
Udyan II, Rae Bareilly Road
Uttar Pradesh – 226 025
Mobile: 9415015039,
5. Mr. Abraham Alex Laity D-84, Vaishali Nagar
Jaipur, Rajasthan – 302 021
Mobile: 9413840087,
6. Mr. Paul George Poovatheril Laity P.O. Box 120482, Sharjah, UAE
Mobile: 00971-50-5457397,


S.No. Name Designation Contact
1.   Rev. Fr. Shaji Mathews  Clergy  Flat No. SA 1, Sophia Apartments
Abhay Khand IV, Indirapuram
Ghaziabad, UP – 201014
Mobile: 9999768505,
2.  Rev. Fr. Aju Abraham  Clergy  St. Basil Orthodox Church
Plot # 4, Block C Sector 3
Rohini, New Delhi – 110 085
Mobile: 9711089006,
3.  Mr. A. C. George  Laity  A-99, Shivalik
Malviya Nagar, New Delhi-110017
Mobile: 9810713267,
4.  Mr. Thomas Mathew  Laity  52/63
C. R. Park
New Delhi – 110 019
Mobile: 9811008387,
5.  Mr. Joseph John  Laity H. No. 1109, Sector – 14
Faridabad, Haryana – 121007
Mobile: 9811052102,
6.  Mr. K. G. Joseph  Laity  B- 46/G-5, Bharat Apartments
Shalimar Garden Ext. II, Sahibabad
Ghaziabad, U.P.
Mobile: 9818268324,
 7.  Mr. Raju Thomas  Laity  C-11, Nightingale Apartments
Vikas Puri, New Delhi – 110 018
Mobile: 9810595324,
 8.  Mr. John Mathai  Laity  Dhanya Group of Companies
P. O. Box 22209
Industrial Area No.1, Near Maaza Signal
BMW Road, Sharjah, UAE
Mobile: 00971-50-4811206

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Thought for the Month

                                Shepherds of Significance

The Gospel of St Luke portrays a group of shepherds, who were probably the first people to learn about the birth of a Savior and who visited the new born Baby at the manger and proclaimed the divine birth in public. St. Luke “carefully investigated everything from the beginning” (Luke 1:1-4) and reported in Chapter 2: 8-20 about the specially chosen shepherds who received the great message of universal importance,

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told”.

I really wonder why the angels appeared to a group of unnamed shepherds at night outside a small village called Bethlehem to proclaim a message of universal importance.
Shepherds were poor people who watched over their flock, a job which lacked any sense of respect or dignity from the society. It was perceived to be the last resort for a jobless man. However, shepherds were tough, tough in every sense of the word. They had to stay up all night and all day in order to deal with troublesome animals, fight wolves, lions, and bears to protect his flock. Moreover, shepherds were intimidating. Bishop Craig Satterlee writes, “Society stereotyped shepherds as liars, degenerates, and thieves. The testimony of shepherds was not admissible in court, and many towns had ordinances barring shepherds from their city limits. The religious establishment took a particularly dim view of shepherds since the regular exercise of shepherds’ duties kept them from observing the Sabbath and rendered them ritually unclean. The Pharisees classed shepherds with tax collectors and prostitutes, persons who were “sinners” by virtue of their vocation.” Hence, they belonged to the lower ranks of the society.

But the question remains: Why shepherds?
One could argue that the conception and birth of Jesus Christ was the greatest event in history. God had become a human being, was born in Bethlehem, and was named Jesus. Yet, this good news was proclaimed by angels to these shepherds. If protocol demands, the news of this importance should have been told to the highest authorities in the region, not the world. It should have been announced by the angels to Caesar Augustus in Rome? or to the Roman Governor Quirinius or King Herod? Why didn’t they appear to the Jewish high priest at the Temple? Again the question remains, why shepherds?

The Mishnah, a collection of documents recording oral traditions governing the lives of Jewish people during the period of the Pharisees, considers the possibility that these were not shepherds of ordinary sheep. Alfred Edersheim (1825-1889) provides a fascinating answer to our question in his book’ The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah. Writing about these shepherds, Edersheim referenced the Jewish Mishnah. One regulation in the Mishnah “expressly forbids the keeping of flocks throughout the land of Israel, except in the wildernesses – and the only flocks otherwise kept, would be those for the Temple-services” .Jerusalem and Bethlehem, and their surrounding fields were not in the wilderness where ordinary flocks of sheep were kept. Therefore, according to the Jewish regulations, the flocks under the care of the shepherds near Bethlehem must have been “for the Temple-services.” These shepherds watched over sheep destined as sacrifices in the Temple at Jerusalem.

Here lay the significance of the Shepherds of Bethlehem. If the flocks of sheeps are kept for the temple services; the shepherds watching over it are also specially chosen for the purpose and not like the nomadic ordinary shepherds of Bethlehem. Edershime wrote, “…everything points to these shepherds watching over sheep used for sacrifice. What would they have thought when they heard: ‘Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord’ ” (2:11). The message of the angels signified, among other things, that the time of animal sacrifices would soon end. The offering of Jesus Christ, the Savior would soon take place. It is no wonder that these shepherds “glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen”. This clearly resonates with the celebratory spirit of Christmas, a traditional time for celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Let’s remember why he came – not only to live but also to die – the perfect sacrifice for sin, once and for all.

Like the Shepherds of significance, we all are specially chosen for God’s purposes and are dignified enough to hear the good news from God and to proclaim to the world. As the chosen shepherds heard the good news and travelled far to see the incarnated God, let us also set for a search in our life to see the divine Child. Let us hurry and join the shepherds saying:
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men and women, on whom his favor rests”.

Rev. Fr. Saji Yohannan