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Marth Mariam Vanitha Samajam (Women’s Wing of Orthodox Church of India)

A Brief History
Marth Mariam Vanitha Samajam is the Women’s wing of the Malankara Orthodox Church of India. It is one of the major spiritual organization of the church combining all the female members. It is spread throughout the world in all the 30 Dioceses and functioning in all parishes of the church.

The organization was founded in 1928 aimed at the spiritual progress of women. The founders named it “Marth Mariam Samajam”after the Blessed Virgin Mary whom they accepted as their interceding saint. It was started under the patronage of the Late Very Rev. M.C.Kuriakose Ramban and with the leadership of K.M. Annamma. and co-workers.

Motto

Prarthikkuka, Pravarthikkuka, Prakasikkuka.

Administration

There is a central committee with all the 30 Dioceses of the church. H.H. of the Patron. According to the constitution President, Vice President, General Secretary, Joint Secretary and Treasurer, The Secretaries from 30 Diocese & Diocese Representatives consist of the Central Committee. Central Committee is the deciding body of of Marth MariamVanitha Samajam. The Diocesan Metropolitan is the President of diocesan committee, Vice President is a priest from that Diocese and the vicars that of the branches. Each Diocesan Samajam has a secretary, elected from the committee members who in their turn represents the group or districts into which each diocese is subdivided. The Group secretaries encourage the branch samajams and make members ever more loyal to the faith and practices of the church. The diocesan and the organizing secretaries are expected to visit the branches at times.. Retreats, Bible Classes, Competitions etc are held on Parish, Group, Diocese & Akhila Malankara levels.

There is a Leadership Training Camp held annually for 2 days. Annual examinations are conducted based on prescribed text books of church faith, Bible portions and liturgical hymns. Examination is conducted inside & outside India in October.

Present concerns and Future Prospects

  1. Preparing women to have theological training. Hundreds of women are now undergoing the Divyyabodhanam course of the Orthodox Seminary, Kottayarn
  2. Training women to have social awareness, participation in political activities., Decision-making at every level.
  3. Concientization program for women who are generally denied basic human hood in the family.
  4. Attempts to find out women’s potentials to a greater extent.
  5. Training women to conduct We~t prayer groups, to lead prayer, Bible classes, fellowship meetings and to preach the gospel.
  6. Preparing cell to solve the problems of working women.
  7. Seek solidarity with women’s action groups on local and national level .Encouraging more participation in ecumenical gatherings.
  8. To enhance spiritual practices observing lent, and other religious practices, bringing up children etc
  9. Attempts to find out more Sunday school teachers with a commitment to Christ.
  10. We are continuing the struggle against dowry system and other social evils and To persuade the authorities that woman should be provided with equal opportunities and recognition.
  11. Also efforts are done to get participation for women in the administration of the church various aspects of Managing committee, working Committee. Advisory committee etc

‘Snehasparsam’ Project

               This is the helping hand for the needy. Samajam is providing marriage aid, sick aid, education aid & providing for construction of houses for widows.

‘Vanitha Deepthi ‘ is the trimagazine released by Marth Mariam Vanitha Samajam from 2012.

Navajyoti MOMS Charitable Society & Chaithanya Samskarika Koottayma

         These are two project under Marth Mariam Vanitha Samajam  for the upliftment of women.

 Marth Mariam Vanitha Samajam Kendra Mandiram

         In Kanjikuzhy Kottayam Marth Mariam Vanitha Samajam had a building with office constructed in 1987. It is renovated & the first floor of the building is completed in 2014. The Koodasa of the new construction was on 26th August 2014. Every 2nd Wednesday there is Holy Qurbana & Bible Class in the Chapel of Kendra Mandiram.

Achievements

The Samajam was in the fore-front of the struggle to achieve equal ancestral property right for Christian women of Karalla.

Besides the central administrative office at Kottayam, almost all the Dioceses have their own headquarters and conference centers. There are vocational guidance centers, Nursery schools and self-employment projects, school for specially abled, Balika Bhavan.

Recently many changes occurred in the life of the Church with the humble persuasion. of this Samajam. During Baptism, the Girls are also permitted to enter the sanctuary and kiss the alter. The tradition that only boys are baptized just after the feast of Epipany is now changed. Females are allowed to read the Bible during liturgy. Nuns are allowed to serve at the alter during the worship services and Holy Liturgy in the convents. Women are now elected as members and office – bearers in the administration in Parishes. Marth Mariam Vanitha Samajam activities are conducted in Gulf, America, U.K- Europe.

Office Bearers

Patron : H.H. Baselios Marthoma Paulose II Catholicos-

President : H. G. Dr. Yuhanon Mar Thevodoros Metropolitan-9447471408

Vice President : Fr. Mathew Varghese Pulimoottil-9495765393

General Secretary : Prof. Mary Mathew-9447145064

Joint Secretary : Mariamma Chacko-9539440845

Treasurer : Kuttiyamma Mathew-9947606179

Office Secretary : Molly Varghese-9961742164

Head Quarters

Marth Mariam Vanitha Samajam Central Office
Muttambalam P.O.

Kanjikuzhy, Kottayam 4
Karala State, India
Phone:0481-2571840

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