Bengaluru Diocese successfully hosts one-day conference at KGF

Kolar Gold Fields, Karnataka: Kolar town, about about 100-km away from Bangalore city, witnessed a rare conference of Orthodox students on June 2, Sunday. The one-day conference named Manna@Gold Fields was successfully hosted and students irrespective of cast and religion actively participated in the conference with great enthusiasm.
Bengaluru Diocese Metropolitan HG Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim had given the green signal to Fr Cyril Varghese, Students Chaplain, Bengaluru Diocese, to host the conference and to make arrangements towards the event.
Fr Cyril inaugurated the conference and gave his address. Ms Lincy Mathew, representing the student community, delivered the welcome speech. A study class on “Personality Development among youth” was conducted by V Samuel, Secretary of Prayer Group from Adoor/Kadampanadu Diocese. Various cultural programmes like speeches, skits, solo song, group songs, mono acts were also staged, Later, the outgoing final year students were felicitated and mementos presented to them. All the participants brought the Holy Bible with them for the conference.
Rony Joseph, thanked the audience on behalf of the students at the end of the meeting,The meeting concluded with benediction and prayers.
Earlier, the Holy Eucharist began at 7.30 am preceded by the morning prayers. All participants belonging to the Orthodox community received ‘Hoosoyo’ and the Holy Communion. After breakfast, the meeting commenced from 9.30 am.
The students gained valuable experience from the conference. It was with due to their support and participation, the Manna@Gold Fields 2013 became a great success. All the arrangements namely publicity, stage, seating arrangements was made by the students. Senior group members like Reny Philip, Raju Philip, Kuruvilla Varghese, Pramod Iduculla, Stephen Punnen, Johny K Joseph, also helped and were present during the entire duration of the conference.
Fr Cyril also expressed his heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all for their support towards the student’s ministry activities. He also thanked the Almighty Lord for his mercy and blessings upon the programme.
The young Student Chaplain had undertaken several visits to KGF and interacted with the students of various colleges situated in and around town, Through his meetings, Fr Cyril managed to establish a congregation of Orthodox students. With the active cooperation of the student’s ministry, they celebrated the Holy Eucharist and prayer meetings every week. Almost all the students from Orthodox community actively participated in the prayers and the Holy Eucharist.
~ LC

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