The antecedents of the St.Thomas Orthodox Vaidhika Sanghom can be traced back to the period of St.Gregorios of Parumala. The Saint, whose organizational skills and vision for the Malankara Orthodox Church, were exceptional, called together the first meeting of the Church’s priests into an association. The time period being fraught with several internal and external problems, the clergy association was not an active force. It was revived again during the days of Joseph Mar Dionysius II, the founder of the M.D. Seminary and functioned with varying results. The objective for this association was to constitute a forum where the priests could interact with one another, discuss issues and relay them to the attention of the Holy Synod and collectively organize programmes for their welfare.
The more recent chapter of the Malankara Orthodox Church’s clergy association to further these goals can be placed in 1983 when the clergy were formally called together and proposed the name of the organization as The St. Thomas Orthodox Vaidhika Sanghom (The St. Thomas Orthodox Clergy Association). Its first meeting was held at the St. Peter’s & St. Paul’s Church, Parumala under the guidance of H.G. Dr. Paulos Mar Gregorios and was presided over by the then Catholicos, H.H. Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Mathews I.
PATRON: His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Mathews III, Catholicos and the Malankara Metropolitan
PRESIDENT: H.G. Dr. Mathews Mar Thimothios
STOVS Delhi Diocese
President: H. G. Dr. Youhanon Mar Demetrios
|Rev. Fr. John K. Samuel||Secretary||9810625526|
|Rev. Fr. Binu B Thomas||Convenor (Vaidika Mission)||9953482498|