With a membership of 500, and a regular attendance of 1000 people, Holy Qurbana (two services) is celebrated on all Sundays and other Feast days. 16 prayer groups regularly meet every month covering a large segment of people scattered across various places in Delhi. Sunday school is conducted regularly for 150 students with 16 teachers. MGOCSM (40 members), Youth Movement (50 members), Martha Mariam Samajam (75 members), AMOSS (30 members) and Diaspora (15 members) are functioning very actively with various programmes arranged throughout the year. The parish charity projects, led by St. Mary’s Orthodox Christian Youth League, have also been effectively implemented with active participation of all our members. The financial year also witnessed the renovation of the Parish Hall and also the installation of the CCTV’s in the Cathedral premises.
St. George Chapel, Aya Nagar
The parish has a chapel at Aya Nagar and Holy Qurbana is celebrated on first and third Sundays in the Chapel for the convenience of residents in the area. Rev. Fr. Paul Thomas is the Priest in Charge of the Chapel. The construction of a ‘kurishumtotthi’ in front of the chapel was completed and the beautification process of the premises is under way.
The parish runs two schools, viz. St. Paul’s School, Hauz Khas; among the most prestigious schools in Delhi with 2200 plus students and 78 teaching staff & 21 non-teaching staff and St. Paul’s School at Aya Nagar. The School is on its way to become a premier Senior Secondary School in the area as can be judged from the number of applications received for admissions with 1650 students with 34 teachers and 23 non-teaching staff.
St. Paul’s School, Hauz Khas
St. Paul’s School, Hauz Khas has attained the stature of a top school in South Delhi and raised the bar to international standards with quality focus academic and non-academic activities. The school organizes International Exchange program with various countries like Pakistan, Japan, United States, Italy, Germany, Switzerland etc. In our endeavor to integrate teaching with technology the school has upgraded its IT facility to international standards through Multi-media labs and Smart class facility for all classes. This year the students did extremely well in class XII CBSE Board examination. We achieved 100% results with very high scores and the school average is 79%. St. Paul’s School is the recipient of many prestigious International Awards. Mr. Joseph P. Cherian joined the school as its new Principal.
St. Paul’s School, Aya Nagar
The School, recognized to run till 8th Standard by Directorate of Education, Delhi State Government, in its ninth year of operation has become the most sought after School in Aya Nagar and nearby areas. The School was established with the objective of providing affordable education to the students in the area which can contribute to the social development of Aya Nagar. The school follows a system of Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) which has proved to be positive and successful for attaining the desired results and has evoked a satisfactory response. Additional classrooms have been created in the current year. A plot of 1.07 acres of land was purchased during the year which is a part of the school’s continuing efforts for creation of additional infrastructure.
Sponsorship at Parumala Cancer Centre: The Cathedral has been financially and emotionally supporting the cancer patients for few years and on this note the parish funded an Operation Theatre at the Parumala Cancer Care Centre at a cost of 20 lakhs.
Service to Needy: The Cathedral has extended scholarships and fee concessions amounting to more than Rs.1.27 Crores to students from deserving and economically weaker sections of the society. Additionally, the charity activities of the Cathedral are being led by the St. Mary’s Orthodox Christian Youth League which undertakes various charitable activities totalling to more than Rs. 22.35 Lakhs such as – educational assistance to school, college, nursing students; interest free loan for higher education; supporting the activities of Shantigram Project of Delhi Diocese; Free education programme for children at Balmiki slum, Malviya Nagar; sponsoring of children at various orphanages run by the church; marriage assistance; assistance for medical treatment; monthly pension scheme for widows and many such projects. Considering the high incidents of cancer, the parish has started a “Cancer Aid Fund” and collected an amount of Rs. 2.35 Lakhs to support the needy cancer patients.
The MGOCSM Unit of the Cathedral has set off a Basket Ball championship, St. Mary’s Basket Ball championship with participation from our churches in the diocese and other sister churches in Delhi. The fund generated from the registration and other sources for this tournament has been earmarked for medical needs under the St. Mary’s Sports & Social Outreach Program.
St. Mary’s Medical Centre, Aya Nagar: St. Mary’s Medical Centre, the community development program of the Cathedral is providing quality health care facilities to more than 16000 people in a year providing best medical care to the poor people in the surrounding areas of Aya Nagar. Medical Centre is an approved “DOTS CENTRE” under “Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme” where medicines are made available to TB patients in nearby areas through the Government of India scheme. Free medical camps under the “Village Health Mission Programme” are conducted on a regular basis where hundreds of patients benefit. The Medical Centre, a fifteen bedded facility registered under Government of Delhi, offers 24 hours service and has almost all the specialty departments including Gynaecology. Since the Gynaecology services are provided at very nominal rates ladies who were being treated at home have started coming to the Medical Centre leading to reduced mortality rate at childbirth.
The Cathedral, the mother parish of Delhi Diocese is leaving no stone unturned to work towards the development of the Diocese, the Orthodox Church and also for the welfare of the Society at large.
Rev. Fr. Sobhan Baby (Yakob)
St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral
C-3, SDA, Hauz Khas,
New Delhi – 110016.
Rev. Fr. Jaison Joseph
St. Mary’s Medical Centre, Phase – VI, Block-H, Aya Nagar, New Delhi -110 047
Rev. Fr. Abraham John
(Priest-in-Charge, Aya Nagar Chapel)
House No: 2115, Sector-9, Faridabad
Mr. Anil V. John
Mr. Mammen Mathew
Mr. K. P. Abraham
Mr. Shaji Paul
Mr. Mammen Mathew