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Metropolitan Dr. K.P. Yohannan Officiates Onam Kit Distribution Program

The State level inauguration of “Ponnonam Nallonam”, an onam kit distribution program organized by Believers Church Diocese of Niranam was held on 5th September 2014. Metropolitan Dr. K.P. Yohannan was the chief guest and Rt. Rev. Dr. Zacharias Mar Theophilus Suffragan Metropolitan (Bishop, Marthoma Syrian Church- Chengannur and Mavelikkara Dioceses) inaugurated the program officially. Smt. Delsi Sam (Municipal Chairperson) and Rev. Fr. Dr. Reji Mathew (General Secretary, Kerala Council of Churches) were also present during this function. Through this program, the Diocese is planning to distribute 1,000 onam kits AIDS patients, widows and poverty stricken families. Each kit contains 10 kg rice, sugar, dal, banana chips and...

Metropolitan Inaugurates Housing Project During YMCA State Assembly in Kerala

Dr. K.P. Yohannan, Metropolitan inaugurated a YMCA Housing Project during the YMCA State Assembly held in Charalkkunnu, Kerala on 30th August. Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma, Metropolitan of Mar Thoma Syrian Church, inaugurated the assembly. As part of the assembly, Dr. Geevarghese Mor Coorilose, Metropolitan of Syrian Orthodox Church inaugurated the “YMCA Change Agents” program. Raju Abraham(MLA), Dr. Gabriel Mar Gregorios, Metropolitan of Thiruvananthapuram Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church and Leby Philip Mathew (YMCA Regional Chairman) also spoke to the gathering of 300 YMCA...

Metropolitan Speaks to YMCA Regional Leaders in Kerala

Metropolitan Dr. K.P. Yohannan was the guest of honor at a state-wide function held by the YMCA in Parumala, Kerala on 17th August. Sri Ramesh Chennithala, Honourable Home Minister of Kerala, inaugurated the program. They were joined on the dais by Lebi Philip Mathew (YMCA Kerala Regional Chairman). Around 200 regional YMCA leaders gathered for the program. Metropolitan Dr. K.P. Yohannan spoke to them about the importance of youth coming into leadership. He challenged them to work together in unity to raise up new leaders, as the younger generation will be able to think broadly and make a positive impact on the...

Metropolitan Dr. K.P. Yohannan Addresses Kerala Journalist Union Family Meet

The inauguration of family meet organized by Kerala Journalist Union was held on 15th August, 2014 at Charalkkunnu. Dr. K.P. Yohannan, Metropolitan was the chief guest of the ceremony. “The media plays a vital role in evoking people to think and to act accordingly,” said Metropolitan. “They bring out the pain and suffering of the neglected people into light.” Prof. P.J. Kurien (Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha) inaugurated the program in which Sri. Anto Antony (Lok Sabha Member) and the members of Indian Journalist Union were also spoke to the gathering. The Kerala journalist Union is a branch of Indian Journalist Union, which is the first Press Commission for the Working Journalists in...

Flag Hoisted on India’s Independence Day

Metropolitan Dr. K.P. Yohannan hoisted the flag in celebration of India’s 68th Independence on 15th August. He spoke to around 500 people gathered at the Synod Secretariat of Believers Church, including Sisters of Compassion, clergy and Believers Church Theological Seminary students. “We have a huge moral responsibility to our nation,” he said. “As it commands in Romans 13, we should respect the rulers and leaders of our nation and pray for them. May God bless our nation, and may God bless our rulers.” In the evening, the metropolitan welcomed Sri. P.J. Kurien (Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha) as the chief guest of a cultural program held at St. Thomas...

30 Clergy Ordained at Synod Secretariat

Metropolitan Dr. K.P. Yohannan ordained 30 clergymen from nine dioceses of Believers Church on 14th August. The metropolitan presented a stole and a Bible to each clergyman during the service to symbolize their role of serving others and offering spiritual nourishment through the Word of God. “You are called to be a servant of all,” he told the men, challenging them that their ordination was a step toward sacrifice. “The shepherd gives his life for the...

“Loving Hands” Inaugurated in the Presence of Metropolitan Dr. K.P. Yohannan

On 14th August 2014, Believers Church Diocese of Niranam inaugurated an anti-alcoholism campaign. Dr. K.P. Yohannan, Metropolitan addressed the gathering and Rt. Rev. Joseph Mar Barnabas Episcopa (Bishop, Marthoma Syrian Church- Adoor & Malaysia-Singapore-Australia Dioceses) inaugurated the program. Dr. Saji Chacko (President, District Panchayat, Pathanamthitta), Smt. Delsi Sam (Municipal chairperson), Adv. K. Ananda Gopan (Secretary, Communist Party of India) and some members from the Kerala Council of Churches were also present during this function. This campaign, named “Loving Hands” is going to be a two-week long program. Through the campaign, the Diocese will create awareness among people about the harmful side-effects of alcohol consumption by organizing awareness seminars, street plays and video shows at different places of central...

73 Sisters of Compassion Dedicated to Serve the Poor

On 12th August, Metropolitan Dr. K.P. Yohannan dedicated 73 Sisters of Compassion to serve among the poorest of the poor. The sisters, who represent 19 dioceses of Believers Church in India and Nepal, have been training for six months at the church’s Synod Secretariat to serve among leprosy patients, widows, street children and slum-dwellers. “You sisters are very precious to us and to our church,” Metropolitan Dr. K.P. Yohannan said. The young women are joining hundreds of other sisters serving in an order modeled after Mothers Teresa’s sisters of charity. During the dedication service, the metropolitan gave each sister a silver cross to symbolize their commitment to show the love and compassion of Christ. He also prayed for God’s grace upon them as they begin their service among those rejected by society. “You are like a light shining in the darkness,” he said. “Even without trying, you will bring peace, hope and light into the lives of people in...

Believers Church Theological Seminary Begins New Academic Year

The 2014-2015 academic year of Believers Church Theological Seminary began on 16th June with a total of 320 students. Metropolitan Dr. K.P. Yohannan spoke with the students on the first day of orientation. He challenged them to approach their seminary life with the right perspective, sharing the story of a tourist visiting Italy. The tourist saw a man giving shape to some huge stones and asked him, “What are you doing this for?” The man replied, “I am doing this because I am a professional stone cutter.” The tourist moved on and found another man doing the same work. When the tourist asked him the same question, the second man said, “I do this so I can feed myself.” When the tourist saw a third stone cutter, again he asked the same question. The third man replied, “I am building a cathedral for my God.” All three men were doing the same work, but each had a very different perspective of why. Metropolitan told the students and faculty, “It is easy to answer the question, ‘What are you doing here?’ I am a student; I am an instructor. The second question is ‘How do you do it?’ I learn, go to the library, study and research. But the third question is difficult; that is the most important question. “Why are you here? Is it to get knowledge, information and a degree? Or is it to know God? The disciples in Acts 4 were identified as unlearned and unschooled individuals, but their eloquent speech made people realize that they had been with Jesus. John and Peter wrote some deep theology,...