Our Parish

CONSTITUTED CHURCH: 1978

SOCIETY: 1980

Supreme Head: H.H. Catholicose of the East & Malankara Metropolitan

First Metropolitan: Late Lamented H.G. Dr.Paulose Mar Gregorios

Second Metropolitan: Late Lamented H.G. Job Mar Philoxenos

Present Metropolitan: H.G. Dr.Yuhannon Mar Demetrios
Mobile No. 09810791894
E-mail ID: mar.demetrios@gmail.com

VICAR: Rev. Fr. Saji Yohannan
Mobile No: 09810397795
Email ID: sajiachen@gmail.com

ASST. VICAR: Rev Fr. Samuel(Saju) Thomas
Mobile No: 09971766102
Email ID: frsajuthomas@gmail.com

OFFICE: ST. THOMAS ORTHODOX CHURCH
Sector-IV, Lajpat Nagar, Sahibabad, Ghaziabad.
Telephone No. 0120-2631366, 2630677

INSTITUTIONS:
ST. THOMAS SCHOOL, SAHIBABAD
ST. THOMAS SCHOOL, INDIRAPURAM
CATHOLICATE CENTENARY BUILDING, SAHIBABAD
ST. THOMAS, INDRAPRASTHA

CHAPEL: ST. THOMAS SCHOOL CAMPUS, INDIRAPURAM

CHARITABLE PROJECT:
‘Share If You Care’,
KAUSHALIYA, a village adoption Program,
MAR PHILOXENOS Housing Project, ‘Home For Homeless’, Scholarship Awards.

PUBLICATIONS:
DIDMOS – Monthly Bulletin, ‘MANNA’ Newsletter

AREA:
TRANS HINDON – LAJPAT NAGAR, SHYAMPARK, RAJINDER NAGAR
MOHAN NAGAR, SHALIMAR GARDEN, LONI, BRIJVIHAR,RAMPRASTHA,
VAISHALI, VASUNDARA, INDIRAPURAM, NIZAMUDDIN & NEW DELHI.
HINDON -CENTRAL GHAZIABAD, NTPC, MARIAM NAGAR,
SANJAY NAGAR, RAJ NAGAR, KAMALA NEHRU NAGAR,
SHASTRI NAGAR, KAVI NAGAR.


OUR HISTORY

The Delhi Diocese of the Orthodox Church was constituted by the Holy Synod in 1975. His Grace Dr Paulose Mar Gregorios took charge as its first Metropolitan in 1976. It was about the same time that a handful of young Orthodox Christians in Ghaziabad (UP) got together under the banner of 'Christian Association.' Their main activity was prayer meetings. Our learned Metropolitan took note of this feeble enterprise. In 1977 His Grace came personally to Ghaziabad alongwith a dynamic young Priest, Rev Fr P K Thomas and arranged for regular Orthodox worship. The CNI Church near the Railway Station and the old Holy Child School building were used for celebrating Holy Qurbana on Sundays and for special occasions as Good Friday service.

Foreseeing the potential for growth and the need for regular pastoral care, His Grace appointed Rev Fr P K Thomas as the first Vicar of this new Parish in 1978. Subsequently St Thomas Orthodox Church Society was registered. The next step was procurement of land and erection of a Church building. In spite of heavy odds, a small plot of land was got allotted by the GDA at Lajpat Nagar, Sahibabad, about 10 KMs West of Ghaziabad nearer to Delhi Border. As the members themselves had meager resources, they had to work very hard soliciting funds‐in fact collecting small amounts, going from house to house, those members were of course financially weak, but spiritually strong and highly motivated to carry out the task of building a church of their own, with which they could make an identity. The intercession of all our Saints, especially of St Thomas, our Patron and abundant blessing of God Almighty made it possible for the Church Building to be erected. With a Hindu Temple and a Muslim Mosque nearby, our Church stands as a glowing symbol of religious harmony. The Church has certainly influenced the life of the people in the surrounding areas. With the celestial blessings flowing from the Church and the ardent prayers, the baren and waste and of Lajpat Nagar in the seventies has blossomed into a dynamic township with several Housing Colonies, Schools, Hospitals, and Market etc. From a very small, humble beginning, our Church has now become one of the prominent Parishes of Delhi Diocese, with more than 150 Families, 6 Prayer Groups, Units of Martha Mariayam Vanita Samajam, Youth Movement, MGOCSM, Indian Orthodox Diaspora Movement and regular Sunday School upto Class XII.

Institutions under the Society:

Our Church Society is running two prestigious English Medium Schools – One Senior Secondary and the Other Secondary – both affiliated to CBSE.

  1. St Thomas School, Sahibabad: This School situates within the Church Complex itself. Presently the School has 1584 students on its roll and 82 staff members. The Pass Percentage in class X Board Examination has been 100% throughout. The School has a very good reputation in this region and its work is well appreciated by the concerned Departments as well.
  2. St Thomas School, Indirapuram: The Society has acquired about 2.6 acres of land at a prime locality in Indirapuram to expand its education mission. A senior Secondary School was planned and subsequently a magnificent 4 storied building with with 72 class rooms, an architectural marvel, was inaugurated on 27 January 2005 by Shri Som Nath Chatterjee, The Hon'ble Speaker of Lok Sabha. Now the School has 2713 students and 180 staff members on the roll and the school has registered steady progress. The School obtained Senior Secondary status in 2006.
  3. St. Thomas, Indraparastha: A secondary (5025 sq. meter) & primary plots /1100 sq. meter have been alloted by G.D.A. at Indraprastha Yojna, Loni Road,Ghaziabad in the month of Nov. 2013.

Of late, the Parish imparts substantial support, both financial and moral, for the upliftment of relatively weaker Parishes.

The Society has stepped in to the noble idea of helping the under privileged by adopting a village for its overall development under the patronage of Ghaziabad District Administration. Kausallya Village has been identified and the formal inauguration of the activities conducted on 6 November 2006 by H B. Paulose Mar Milithios, the Catholicose Designate. We were having a housing project meant for needy people of our church. As per the decision of the general body this project was named after L.L. H.G. Job Mar Philoxenos Memorial Housing Project. Under this project, we have given as of now 10 houses to the needy orthodox christian families. There is no doubt that the enviable growth of our Parish within a span of 36 years was made possible with the sustained and united efforts of a single minded group of parishioners and the dedicated leadership and selfless service provided by the Vicars. Late His Grace Dr Paulose Mar Gregorios, our First Metropolitan and Late His Grace Job Mar Philoxenos, our Second Metropolitan and His Grace Dr Youhanon Mar Demetrios, our present Metropolitan have always provided solid support and invaluable guidance at various stages of the growth of our Parish.

Above all, we owe to the blessings of our Lord Almighty and the intercession of our Patron, Saint Thomas, the Apostle of India in whose name this Church is dedicated.

In short, sosme major events in the history of this Parish are:-

Firist visit of HG Dr Paulose Mar Gregorios 1977
Appointment of Rev Fr P K Thomas as the First Vicar. The Formal beginning of this Parish: 1978
Registration of St Thomas Orthodox Church Society. 1980
Purchase of Plot at Lajpat Nagar for Church Building
Foundation stone laying of Church Building 1984
Starting an English Medium School 1986
Purchase of School Plot 1988
Consecration of Church Building by the Catholicos 1992
Affiliation of the School to CBSE 1996
Purchase of Nursing Home Plot 1999
Purchase of Land at Indirapuram for Sr Secondary School 1999
Boundary Wall and seven room temporary building 2000
Admission for Nursery and Lower Primary Classes 2000
Foundation stone laid and work awarded for the basement & Ground Floor construction of Indirapuram School & shifted the Classes to the New Buidling 2001
Work awarded for construction of the Indirapuram School Building 2002
Affiliation of Indirapuram School to CBSE 2003
Completion of the construction of the School Building 2004
Renovation of the Church Building started. 2004
Inauguration of School Building at Indirapuram 2005
Consecration of the Renovated Church 2005
Elevation of St Thomas School, Indirapuram to Senior Secondary 2006
Obtained Minority Status for both Institutions 2006
Adoption of Kaushallya Village for its integrated Development 2006
Conducted Priest Conference of 4 Outside Kerala Diocese 2007
Purchased 13.5 Acres of Land in Yamuna High way in Tapal Tehsil District Aligarh for further expansion purpose on 2007
Conducted Global Meet of Akhila Malankara Martha Mariyam With an attendance of approx,. 3000 ladies from various parts of the Globe 2009
Purchased an Independent Residential Building at Lajpat Nagar 2010
Consecration of Catholicate Centenary Building (Nursing Home) 2012
School plot (5025 sq. meter) have been alloted by G.D.A. at Indraprasth Yojna, Loni Road Ghaziabad. 2013
Primary plot (1100 sq. meter) have been alloted, by G.D.A at Indraprasth Yojna, Loni Road, Ghaziabad 2013