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Saturday, 21 October 2006 03:44

Martha Mariam Vanitha Samajam (St. Mary’s Women’s Association) is the women’s organization of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church of India.

The Martha Mariam Vanitha Samajam has its humble origins as prayer groups in the various parishes scattered all over the Malankara Church in India several years ago. Mrs. K.M. Annamma (Kandathil), the visionary lady behind the Samajam, and the Rev. Ramban Barskeepa brought the entire parish based women’s prayer groups under one umbrella, The Martha Mariam Vanitha Samajam.

Motto of the Samajam: Pray, Act, and Shine.

Mrs. Kandathil served as the organization’s first Secretary and helped it grow into a viable women’s wing of the Church in India.

As the Malankara Orthodox parishes began to mushroom in America, the Martha Mariam Samajam found its rightful place in most of the parishes and it became a formal part of the American Diocese of the Church in 1982. Metropolitan Mathews Mar Barnabas serves as the President of the Samajam for the American Diocese.

The activities of the Samajam in the St. Gregorios Church include thefollowing:

  • Monthly meetings and Bible study.
  • Pray for the sick and visit those who are confined in the hospitals.
  • Fund-raising for charity at home and abroad.
  • Providing medical training to nurses and doctors who are working in remote areas in India.

The primary goal of the Samajam is the spiritual development of the women in our church. The above activities are only a part of the process to reach spiritual fulfillment in our daily life. All women are welcome to participate in the life of the Samajam.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 October 2006 02:00
 

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