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Welcome to the St. Gregorios Orthodox Church of Austin Website! Our Church belongs to the South West Diocese of America under the Malankara Orthodox Church led by H.H. Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, the Catholicos of the East and the Malankara Metropolitan. Our present diocesian metropolitan is His Grace Alexios Mar Eusebius.

Holding hands with Manor ISD

St. Gregorios Austin volunteers joined the Manor ISD Student and Family Support Services department during its 15th Annual School Resource Fair and helped pack school supply kits that was distributed at the School Supply Distribution event at the Manor New Tech cafeteria. It served more than 2,000 students on Friday, August 21, 2015.

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Project 'Back to School' @ St. Gregorios Austin

St. Gregorios Austin joins the local school district to support students in need by donating school supplies. The Sunday school and Mgocsm students packed school supplies at the church on 8/9/2015 after the Holy Qurbana as part of the volunteer activity for the month of August. Volunteers shopped the best deals and packed kits according to the Manor ISD school supplies list.

Pidi Ari project turns One!

It’s been a year since we launched the Pidi Ari project, a monthly food drive project to support the local foodbanks and pantries in their fight against hunger and homelessness.

A year, ago, after the completion on a Sunday school food drive, which took couple of months to reach its goal, a thought came to few volunteers: why can’t we do this every month and create a culture of sustained giving in the church.  

Learning from our traditions of our grandmothers: Our grandmothers had a rich tradition of sharing by taking a handful of rice every time they cooked rice and kept it in another container. At the end of the month, the altar boy from the church went door to door collecting this rice. This rice was distributed by the church to poor families who did not have enough for their daily meals. It was called Pidi Ari. (a handful of rice)

OVBS 2015

The St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, Austin, TX OVBS 2015 was held from July 24-26th.

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Sunday School Area Level Competitions 2015: St. Gregorios Austin takes it home

St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, Austin, TX takes home first place at the Sunday School Area Level Competitions 2015. Thank you Lord!

Care Packets for the Homeless

There was a sense of joy in the church as everyone’s hands were staying busy. The little children stood in line with open bags and wide smiles, as the older students quickly filled the emptiness.

On March 1st, St Gregorios Orthodox Church Sunday School and MGOCSM in Austin, Texas packaged 144 care packages for the homeless. Each pack contained various food and hygiene items.

The project was administered in partnership with Caritas of Austin, a nonprofit organization that provides financial and emotional support for numerous people in poverty within Travis County. Their community development coordinator, Grace Alrutz, worked hand in hand with the church to provide information and support behind the project.

St. Thomas Mission Attappady - The Tribal Mission

The Malankara Orthodox Church was never afraid in walking into unchartered territory and go into places that many had neglected. The tribal area of Attappady is one among them.  
 
H.H. Moran Mar Baselius Didymus I had the inner calling to be the blessing for the tribals of Attappady. H.H, a man of prayer and service served the backback diocese of Malabar for 4 decades. In 1994, H.H. sowed the seeds of the first Tribal mission in Kerala by starting Society of the Missionaries of St. Thomas to serve the underdeveloped tribal region of Attappady in Palakkad district in Kerala.

St. Thomas Bhilai Mission - The roots of Village Mission

Christ had great plans for Malankara Orthodox Church. The church didnot curtial its missionary reach to just the state of Kerala, but the missionary reach of the church expanded to places beyond the boundaries of its home state of Kerala.

Mahatma Gandhiji once said - 'The soul of India is in its Villages'. In the early 1970's, many of these villages in North India were extremely backward in education, healthcare and womens welfare. H.G. Stephanos Mar Theodosius, the metropolitan of Calcutta and the pioneer of the mission work in North India took on this daunting mission for the Malankara Orthodox Church by laying the foundation stones of its village mission.

St. Pauls Mission and the Mission board

For any true organized and sustainable mission, it is very important to train the missionaries and provide guidance and resources. In such a persuit, the church established the Mission board which has taken the initiative of training the missionaries and providing them the resources needed for their mission.

Sabharatnam H.G. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios thirumeni, and the visionary of the malankara mission saw the need for training the missionaries in the early days and established the St. Pauls Mission center at Mavelikara in 1953 on his return from US after his education. The land was purchased by  and using his savings that he had in the US.
 

Servants of Cross

In the early 19th century, caste segregation and Untouchability plagued the society. This era saw the rise of Mahatma Gandhi and other social leaders who focussed on the reform movements. At the same time, in the land of Malankara, Deacon Peter  began his deicated service for equal rights for the so called lower castes in the Hindu society. With his simple life style and care and love for the neglected and his mission to preach the class less Gospel of Christ, Fr. Peter was very influential and attracted many to the Orthodox faith.

 

In 1924, H.G. established the 'Servants of Cross', (Sleebadasa Samooham) a monastic missionary movement to care for the upliftment and welfare of the people attracted to the Orthodox faith.

Giving Back Corner


Pidi Ari Project

Making a Difference, one can, at a time...

15429 lbs

of canned food donated since the start of the project. Thank you!

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