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Prof. George Menachery addresses the 800-odd delegates from Asia & Oceania at the 11th WCC assembly, Karlsruhe, Germany, 5th Sept,2022.

The Vice-Chancellor of the Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology, and Sciences, Allahabad (Prayagraj) Prof. Rajendra Lal awards Prof. George Menachery the University's honoris causa degree of ph.d. in Theology at the 13th Convocation. The Chancellor Dr. Oliver A. Jetti is at the right.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Most. Rev. Dr. Justin Wembley releases Prof. George Menachery's lattest book "Ecumenism and Church Unity in India" during the 11th General Assembly of the WCC at Karlsruhe, Germany on 7th Sept., Presenting the first copy to Marthoma Bishop for America Mar Philexinos. Bishop Mar Abraham, Prof. Menachery, Rev. Azaria, Prof. Indira Jetti are in the picture.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Lord most reverend Dr.Justin Wembly released the book " Ecumenism and Church unity in India " by Chev.Prof. George Menachery at the 11th assembly of the wcc held at Karlsruhe in Germany, presenting the first copy to Bishop Mar Philexinos, the Marthoma Bishop for America and Europe.In the picture are besides Prof.Menachery , Bishop Mar Abraham, Rev.Azaria and Prof.Indira Jetti. In the assembly held from Aug 31 to Sept 8 the 800 odd Asian delegates were addressed by 10 persons from Asia and Oceania including Prof. George Menachery, the only Catholic layman from India, on the problems of the churches in these parts.

Towards a Historiography of Martyr Devasahayam
J. ROSARIO NARCHISON, Indian School of Asian Theology, Whitefield.
CHAI Paper. Reproduced from India’s Christian Heritage
Ed. Dr. Oberland Snaitang & Chev. Prof. George Menachery
Dharmaram, Bangalore 23

Prof. George Menachery honoured with the Athi Vishishta Gurushreshta Award

Bishop Emeritus of Sagar MP Mon. Joseph Pastor Neelankavil Passed away yesterday 17th Feb., 2021 at dawn . His body will be cremated at Mulayam and the remains will be buried at the Sagar Cathedral. He was a scholar of note (see paper clip). The article on the feasts of the SyroMalabar Church, published in the St. Thomas Christian Encyclopaedia of India Vol. 2 in 1973 and an article he wrote about his friend Prof. Menachery for the latter's Sapthathi are reproduced here.


Role of Christians in Independence struggle of India
By Prof. George Menachery

MENACHERY Heritage Lecture Series Concludes-The HINDU

Sessions held as part of 80th birthday fete of writer and historian George Menachery An eight-day lecture series on the topic ‘My Kerala, My Heritage’ by historian, educationalist, journalist, and writer George Menachery, in connection with his 80th birthday celebrations, concluded here on Sunday.

Addressing the valedictory function here on Sunday, Baselios Mar Thoma II, the Catholicos of the Orthodox Syrian Church, remembered Prof. Menachery as his English Professor at St. Thomas College, Thrissur. The Catholicos recalled Prof. Menachery’s contribution to research in Indian church history and mural arts.

Presiding over the function, Anil Vallathole, Vice Chancellor of Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University, noted Prof. Menachery’s studies concentrated on less-trodden paths. A historian of Syro Malabar Church and Kerala history, Prof. Menachery is the editor of St. Thomas Christian Encyclopaedia of India and Indian Church History Classics . He is recipient of Order of Saint Gregory the Great, known as Title of Chevalier.

He retired as postgraduate professor and Head of the Department of English from St. Thomas College, Thrissur.

He has been teaching theologians as visiting professor of Sacred Art (both Indian and Western Christian Art and Architecture) at Pontifical Theology Institute, Aluva, for the past 30 years. Winner of many awards, Prof. Menachery has written many books .

The eight-day lecture sessions dealt with various aspects of Kerala history, culture, traditions, customs, murals, wooden reliefs, architecture, anthropology, and archaeology.

MENACHERY Heritage Lecture Series Inaugurated Justice Kurian Joseph on Constitution - TIMES OF INDIA

‘Constitution’s focus on secularism a uniting factor’ Thrissur: Supreme Court judge Kurian Joseph on Sunday said Indian Constitution, with its emphasis on secularism, has played a crucial role in uniting India which had inherited amazing diversities.

“Indian Constitution is an extremely inclusive and comprehensive document. It guarantees the freedom to profess, practice and propagate any religion. The fundamental rights to equality as well as to life and liberty are guaranteed by the Constitution even to those visiting India,” Justice Joseph said.

He made these observations while inaugurating an eight-day lecture series organized as part of the 80th birthday celebrations of George Menachery, who has made important contributions as an anthropologist, Indologist, as well as historian of the Syro-Malabar Church and of Kerala.

He said India welcomed all religions. This was possible because the people here could recognize the contributions those religions could make to enrich its culture. Some believe that Christians are aliens who settled here. This is not true, Christians are natives who have made important contributions in nation building, he said.

Educationist Chithran Namboodirippad, Assyrian Church metropilitan Mar Aprem, former speaker Therambil Ramakrishnan, and Thiruvambady devaswom president M Madhavankutty spoke on the occasion.

Prof. George Menachery - ASHEETI(80) - Lecture Series .

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P. J. Kurien presents Prof. George Menachery at Delhi with the CHAI (Church History Association of India) Distinguished Service Award at the Millennium Hall Delhi. .


Ollur St. Antony's Forane Church Shrine of Archangel St. Raphael Popularly Called LITTLE ROME in Festival Mood - Mathrubhoomi Interviews Prof. George Menachery .

Gulf Middle East Christians Kuwait SMCA weeklong Seminars .

Syro Malabar History Exhibition & Seminar .

Syro Malabar Cultural Association (SMCA), Kuwait is conducting a History Exhibition & Seminar from July 8, 2012 to July 12, 2012 at St Alphonsa Hall at Abbassiya. The exhibition will be inaugurated by Rev Fr Mathews Kunnelpurayidom, Vicar General of Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia. Chevalier Prof George Menachery, the veteran historian of Syro Malabar Church will be leading the History Seminar which will be conducted from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm on these days. The priests from all Catholic churches in Kuwait will be the moderators in the History Seminar. The formation of the Catholic faith in India from the first century onwards will be described in the exhibition and seminar. These will also enable the new generation to know more about the history of Syro Malabar Church.

History Exhibition & Seminar of Syro Malabr Church As part of the St. Thomas Day celebrations of this year, Syro Malabar Cultural Association, Kuwait is conducting History Exhibition & Seminar of Syro Malabr Church from Sunday, 8th July to Thursday 12th July, 2012 at St. Alphonsa Auditorium in Abbassiya, near United Indian School.

The Exhibition will be inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Mathews Kunnelpurayidom, Vicar General of Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia, Kuwait at 6:00 PM on 8th July 2012. The Seminar will be led by the famous historian of Kerala Catholic Church Chevalier Prof. George Menachery.

SMCA Kuwait The Syro Malabar Cultural Association of Kuwait St. Thomas Day Celebrations 2012 .

Detailed program for Prof. George Menachery will be as below:

5th Thursday Morning 9.00- GM arrival Kuwait

5th n o Kuwai4.30 pm = meeting with the vicar general Rev Fr. Mathews Kunnelpurayidom 8.00 pm = meeting with the vicar Rev. Fr. Mathai Madathikunnel OFM Cap

6th Friday 9.30 am to 10.30 am baladeepthy seminar for teens Inagural session
Talk by Prof. George Menachery for 30 mins
Sub: Knowing the teen, as a college professor

6th Friday 5.15 pm = Holy Mass in connection with the St Thomas Day

7th Saturday 10am to 12 noon - Talk to Teens by Prof. GM
“My community, values, and tradition”

8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th- ( Sunday to Thursday)
6.00 pm - exhibition starts
7.00 pm to 8.30 pm - inter family unit quiz ( preliminary and final)
Quiz Master- Bijoy Palakunnel
Prof George Menacherry will be the moderator

8.30 pm to 9.30 pm Talk by Prof George Menacherry(All 5 days)
Sub: Development of Catholic faith in India through centuries, with special emphasis on the history of the Syro Malabar Church
9.30 pm to 10.00 pm - Interactive Session- with Prof George Menacherry

13th Friday: 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm SMCA's cultural events in connection with St thomas day and sabhadinam

6.20 pm Talk by Prof George Menacherry ( 15 mins)
Concluding the week long efforts of history orientation.
Dates: 8th Sunday to 12th Thursday July 2012
8.30 PM Introduction by the Moderator:
8.35 PM Talk By: Chevalier Prof George Menacherry (Each Day)
9.30 to 9.50 Question Answer Session
9.50: Concluding Remarks by the Moderator

Subjects and Moderators date wise:
8th : Cultural Heritage of theThomas Christians
Moderator: Fr. Jose Nirappil OFM Cap

9th: The Beginnings: 1. Apostle Thomas in India
2. St. Bartholomew
3. Thomas Cana (Kynayi)
Moderator: Fr. Albert S Raj OCD

10th: Cana to the Synod of Diamper
Moderator: Fr. Joy Marangattikala SDb
11th: Diamper to the Vathemanappusthakam
Moderator: Fr. Mathai Madathikunnel OFM Cap

12th: 19th & 20th Centuries up to the present & Vision for the future.
Moderator: Fr.Mathews Kunnelpurayidom OCD

13th Friday: 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm SMCA's cultural events in connection with the St Thomas Day and Sabhadinam
6.20 pm Talk by Prof George Menacherry ( 15 mins)
Concluding the week long efforts of history orientation.

Prof. George Menachery elected General Secretary of CHAI (Church History Association of India)

At the Church History Association of India (CHAI) Triennial General Body Meeting held at the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) , Shillong, Prof. George Menachery was elected General Secretary of the Association for the next three years. He was working as national vice-president for the last three years.

Dr. O.L. Snaitang, Meghalaya (President), Rev. "Cardinal" Thomas Edmunds, Tamil Nadu (Vice- President), Dr. Agnes de’Sa, Maharashtra (Joint Secretary), S. Edathikavil, DVK, Karnataka (Treasurer), were also elected. Dr. Verghese Perayil (Aroor), Dr. George Oommen (Deradun) were the other members elected to the Board of Trustees, . Dr. A. M. Mundadan will continue as the Editor-in-Charge of the ongoing History of Christianity in India project while Dr. Joe Kalappura (Patna) was appointed editor of the CHAI Journal, Indian Church History Review (ICHR).

The 14th Triennial of the Southern India region will be held in Thrissur in October, 2009 while the 15th Triennial of the National Association and the Platinum Jubilee will be hosted by the Southern India Branch.

The Vice-Chancellor of the NEHU, Dr. Pramod Tandon inaugurated the meet, presided over by the President of CHAI, Dr. Kranthi Farias. The Key Note address was delivered by Dr. J. Kalappura, Secretary.

The NE regional president Dr. O. L. Snaitang, secretary and Registrar cum Controller of the NEHU Dr. David Syiemlieh were the main organisers of the meet at which more than 20 papers on the Theme of the Conference "Christianity and the Marginalised in India" were presented by scholars from every region of india.
The Editor Prof. George Menachery