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Planning Meeting for the 44th Pilgrimage in Commemoration of Venerable Archbishop Geevarghese Mar Ivanios

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His Beatitude Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Catholicos convened a crucial planning meeting on June 8, 2024, to discuss the arrangements for the 44th pilgrimage in honour of Venerable Archbishop Geevarghese Mar Ivanios. This annual pilgrimage, a significant spiritual event for the Syro Malankara Catholic Church, brings together thousands of faithful from across the region to commemorate the legacy of Blessed Mar Ivanios.

Meeting Highlights

The planning session was attended by key representatives from the Pathanamthitta Diocese, including:

  • Vicar General Very Rev. Monsignor Varghese Kalayil Vadakkethil: As the Vicar General, Monsignor Varghese plays a pivotal role in coordinating diocesan activities and ensuring that the pilgrimage is well-organized and spiritually enriching for all participants.
  • MCYM Diocesan Director Fr. Job Pathalil: Fr. Job Pathalil brings his expertise in youth ministry, focusing on engaging young participants in the pilgrimage activities and fostering a sense of community and spiritual growth among the youth.
  • Assistant Director Fr. Scott Sleeba Pulimuden
  • Diocesan General Secretary Subin Thomas
  • Treasurer Vishak

Focus of the Meeting

The meeting addressed several critical areas to ensure the success of the pilgrimage:

  • Logistical Arrangements: Detailed discussions on transportation, accommodation, and facilities for the pilgrims. Ensuring safe and comfortable travel routes, adequate lodging, and necessary amenities are in place.
  • Spiritual Activities: Planning the liturgical services, prayer sessions, and other spiritual activities that will take place during the pilgrimage. Emphasizing the importance of these activities in honouring the memory and teachings of Blessed Mar Ivanios.
  • Community Involvement: Strategies to engage the local community and the broader Church network. Encouraging participation from all age groups and ensuring that the event is inclusive and spiritually fulfilling.
  • Safety Protocols: Considering the ongoing concerns related to public health, discussions included safety measures and protocols to protect the health and well-being of all participants.

The Significance of the Pilgrimage

The pilgrimage to commemorate Venerable Archbishop Geevarghese Mar Ivanios is a deeply revered event in the Syro Malankara Catholic Church. It serves as a powerful reminder of the Archbishop’s legacy, his dedication to the Church, and his efforts in fostering unity and spiritual growth among the faithful. The 44th pilgrimage aims to continue this tradition, providing a platform for reflection, prayer, and community bonding.

Call to Participation

As the preparations for the pilgrimage move forward, the Church extends an invitation to all faithful to participate in this sacred journey. The event promises to be a time of spiritual renewal, communal prayer, and remembrance of Venerable Mar Ivanios’s contributions to the Church.

The Syro Malankara Catholic Church looks forward to a successful pilgrimage, drawing strength from the collective faith and dedication of its members, and honouring the legacy of a beloved spiritual leader.

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