From Our Parish

Rev. Fr. Aju Philip Mathews

Rev. Fr. Aju Philip Mathews did his primary education in New York and then in Freehold, New Jersey and completed his Bachelor of Arts, from Rutgers University and then joined the St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, NY for Master of Divinity program. Achen, graduated from the Seminary in May, 2003. Rev Fr. Aju Philip Mathews was ordained as a Deacon on September 13, 1997 by H.G Mathews Mar Barnabas, in the presence of H.G. Dr. Thomas Mar Makarios.

Aju Achen was ordained to the Holy Priesthood (Kashisho) on March 24, 2007 by H.G. Mathews Mar Barnabas and H.G. Zachariah Mar Nicholovos.

Achen has been a very instrumental part in developing the MGOCSM (Mar Gregorios Orthodox Christian Student Movement) and FOCUS (Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in the United States) groups in the USA. Achen has been blessed with a melodious voice and conducts the Holy Qurbana both in English and Malayalam.

Rev. Fr. Aju Philip Mathews is the son of Mr. Mathews Philip and Mrs. Ponnamma Philip.

Rev. Fr. Andrews (Leeson) Daniel

Rev. Fr. Andrews (Leeson) Daniel graduated from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity in May of 2007. It was in his third year of studies that he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate as Sub-deacon (Yaupadiakino). Rev. Fr. Leeson Daniel was ordained to full Deacon – “Semmsono” at Venmoney, St. Mary’s Orthodox Church on June 3rd, 2008 by H.G. Geevarghese Mar Ivanios, Metropolitan of the Kottayam Diocese. He was ordained to full priest hood “Kashisho” on March 21, 2009 at St. George Malankara Orthodox Church, Staten Island, NY by H.G. Mathews Mar Barnabas, Metropolitan of the American Diocese.

Rev. Fr. Andrews Daniel is currently Assistant Vicar at St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Church, Cherry Lane, Queens.

Rev. Fr. Andrews Daniel is the son of Mr. Idicula Daniel and Mrs. Elcy Daniel.