Friday, June 12, 2009

Beautiful Day: Dedication of Bishop Mar Makarios Memorial Sculpture

From: ICON Moderators
Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Please click the following link to read a brief report by Rev Fr John-Brian Paprock and Teresa Paprock about the dedication service of Bishop Mar Makarios Memorial Sculpture at Alma College, Michigan on May 16, 2009.

Thank you Achen for this nice report.

~ICON Moderators

From: John Brian Achen
Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2009

Renu Paul, Mar Makarios personal secretary at Alma College was one of the principal organizers of the dedication ceremony. Here she is with sculptor, Mark Chatterley and working on last minute details at the event.

Below, Renu is standing next to the Bishop's brother, Lazarus Rembanachen, who was one of several family members of the bishop at the dedication. Fr Lazarus led the memorial prayers. The next picture is the bus-load from Chicago! It was so good to see so many friends.

~ photos by Teresa Kochamma ~

Below are links to more pictures and the text of most of the speeches at the dedication.

1. Bishop Makarios Memorial Sculpture Unveiled and Dedicated

2. Bishop Makarios Memorial Dedication Program - photo collage

3. Saundra Tracy, Alma College President
The text of her opening remarks at the dedication; includes the complete
text of Dr. Ross Mackenzie of Union Theological Seminary whose remarks that
were read aloud at the dedication.

4. Orthodox Memorial Service - photo collage

5. Dr. Madhavan Anirudhan is the founder President of FOKANA complete text
of remarks read aloud at the dedication

6. Dr. Ronald L. Massanari, Professor Emeritus, Department of Religious
Studies at Alma College - this is a complete text of his remarks at the dedication

These photos and articles have been posted for our edification. May the Lord have mercy and bless us all!

a servant,
Fr John Brian

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  • Activity and Upcoming Events

    Holy Transfiguration Annual Picnic will be Sunday, AUGUST 9, 2009
    Holy Qurbana for our mission feast day (perunal) will start at 8:30am - an hour earlier. The picnic with the blessing of fruit and family games will begin around 11am at the Burrows Park shelter (same place as last year) in Madison, Wisconsin.

    Congratulations to Mesi on her graduation from Waunakee High School and best wishes for her studies at UW-Milwaukee this fall!
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    Congratulations to Renu Paul for completing her first term as a college professor and completed her Master Degree in Philosophy at Michigan State University. She has been accepted for doctoral work at UW-Madison and plans on moving to Madison soon. She was also one of the principal organizers of the Bishop Makarios dedication ceremony held at Alma College (see below)

    Mission Represented by Fr John Brian and Teresa Kochamma at the Dedication of the Memorial Sculpture in honor of our departed Makarios Thirumeni (Metropolitan Thomas Mar Makarios) in Alma College in Michigan on May 16, 2009. see separate article in this blog - which has links to pictures and text of speeches given that day.

    Pray for Teresa Kochamma who will be getting medically necessary jaw surgery on June 15, 2009. She has been preparing with orthodontics for over a year and will have up to six months of recovery.

    Memorial Prayers have been said for these Orthodox Christians related to our mission:
    Dr Kenneth Paprock, PhD - April 1, 2009 - through 40 days
    Dr Yuri Shcheglov, PhD - April 11, 2009 - through 40 days
    Dr Daniel George Siewert - May 20, 2008 - 1st anniversary

    Special Thank You to St. Silouan Orthodox Church (Antiochian) in College Station, Texas for their support of Fr John Brian when he was there for his father's secular memorial. (photo of Fr John Brian with Fr Gregory - priest at St Silouan)

    Again, Fr John Brian would like to thank everyone for their prayers and best wishes during the initial time of mourning the death of his father. The cards the emails and the phone call were all appreciated and deeply felt.

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