All set to go for the 2013 Family & Youth Conference

With the 2013 Family and Youth conference of the Northeast American Diocese just a fortnight away, the stage is set for the unveiling of the Conference at the Honor’s Haven Resort, 1195 Arrowhead Road, Ellenville, NY 12428. Under the directives of His Grace Zachariah Mor Nicholovos, the Diocesan Metropolitan and the leadership of Rev. Fr. Sujit Thomas, the Conference Coordinator, Dr. Philip George, the Conference Secretary and George Thomas, the Treasurer, the Committees and sub-committees are working hand in glove with each other, putting final touches on a blue print for a successful conference. Their concerted efforts have shaped a well-coordinated program for the participants to enjoy. The fact that registrations had to be closed several weeks prior to the Conference is unprecedented in the history of the Diocese. The Coordinator and other office bearers deserve to be commended for this singular achievement.  

Registrations will be open from 4 p.m. on the first day, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. As participants converge at Honor’s Haven, a sumptuous dinner followed by the traditional colorful procession would be the first order of business followed by evening prayers.  The curtain raiser for the conference is the inaugural meeting in which the speakers include the chief guest, Rev. Dr. Baby Varghese, Professor of the Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam and Rev. Fr. Robert Miclean of the Orthodox Church in America. Breaking from the traditional mold, the opening day activities will draw to a close with a Christian Concert by famous singer K.G. Markose with live Orchestra.

The second day of the conference begins with morning prayers and meditation.  The curriculum committee has been working hard to put together different sessions on the conference theme targeting the different age groups. The conference theme is “Offer ourselves as a living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1). Activities planned for the Children's Session will be broken into three different groups: the toddlers, elementary children, and middle school group. M.G.O.C.S.M. is planning a debate moderated by Rev. Fr. Robert Miclean of OCA. FOCUS will have a Guidance and discussion on how to guide a small group fellowship and how to conduct a Holy Bible study. Adults will have sessions of their own. Super sessions, hymn-singing by conference choir, meditational addresses are all on the anvil for the second day, culminating the day’s activities with the Talent Show in which each parish will be allotted seven minutes.

The different sessions, discussions, debates and study classes with special emphasis on MGOCSM and FOCUS will continue to the third day along with sports and games with plenary session scheduled for the afternoon. Meditational address to prepare the participants to receive Holy Communion and the confessions to follow are expected to run late into the night.

The fourth day, Saturday, is set apart for the participants to breathe easier with no special sessions planned except for the Holy Eucharist. The curtain will fall on the 2013 Conference with the Holy Qurbono and the lunch that follows.

-The Conference Committee. (
News submitted by Publicity Team (Rev Fr Paulose T Peter, Mr. George Thumpayil)

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