JDCSI & CISRS jointly organises a seminar on “Towards a Wider Ecumenism “

A seminar organized by the Christian Institute for the Study of Religion and Society (C.I.S.R.S) to the clerics of the JDCSI was held in JDCSI ‘Shiloh’ Auditorium, Vaddukoddai, Jaffna on Monday, 20th August 2018.

Bishop Daniel Thiagarajah delivered an introductory note and offered the opening prayer.

Rev. Dr. D.S. Solomon, Secretary of the JDCSI, delivered the welcoming address.

Mr. C. Sundaraj, the Bursar and Treasurer of the Madras Christian College, led the first session on “Stewardship in Vocation”.

Dr. R. W. Alexander Jesudasan, Principal & Secretary of the Madras Christian College, lead a session on “Towards a Wider and Practical Ecumenism”.

Nearly thirty pastors and several lay members participated in the retreat.

Dr Mrs. Thayalini Thiagarajah serves as Director of Christian Institute for the Study of Religion and Society (CISRS).

You can download the PowerPoint presentations of the seminar here.

“Towards a Wider and Practical Ecumenism”

“Stewardship in Vocation”

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JDCSI & CISRS jointly organises a seminar on “Towards a Wider Ecumenism “


Twelve years of Bishopric Journey

A Service of Praise & Thanksgiving for the 12th year celebration of the consecration of the Rt. Rev. Dr Daniel Selvaratnam Thiagarajah, Bishop of the Church of South India in the Jaffna Diocese, and a Service of Ordination was held at 10.30 a.m. in JDCSI Cathedral, Vaddukoddai, on21 August 2018.

The service was a joyful celebration; the Cathedral’s bells rang before the service as a mark of welcome and the Vaddukoddai Cathedral choir sang hymns and regional songs in Tamil & Sinhala. The Cathedral Nave was full for the Thanksgiving Service.

The Old Testament Reading was Psalm 37: 1-7, read by The Reverend A. Daisy Aseervatham in Tamil;The Epistle Reading, 2 Corinthians 4: 7-18, was read by The Reverend Sanjeewa Weerarthne in Sinhala;and the Gospel Reading, Luke 17. 7-10, was read by Mrs. Jennifer Rochelle Jebasingh Samuvel in English.

The Sermon was delivered by Professor R.W. Alexander Jesudasan, DSc PhD, Principal & Secretary of Madras Christian College. He greeted the bishop for his good Episcopal leadership and thanked him for being an ambassador for the Jaffna Diocese of Church of South India to nurture the church.

Further he preached from the book of Psalm chapter 37, whereas he pointed out Psalm 37:5


As the mantra for a successful leadership; He focused on three important elements which we have to remember in our life: “Commit ourselves to the Lord, Trust the Lord, finally Act according to God’s will”.

“Commit your way to the Lord” in the sense that when we are in the leadership we may face difficulties, we may face melancholy strain, and we may face accusations: this happens to everyone in leadership. “Even the Bishop would have faced accusations in this past twelve years, but the Lord was with him all these years.”

But what we have to do is commit our way to the Lord. Once we commit our problems, difficulties and accusations to the Lord, all the problems and difficulties become the Lord’s problem so he will take care of everything.

“Trust the Lord.” Dr. Alexander explained this concept with a short narration about hill curves, “We are all allergic to hill curves.A group of people were travelling in the hill which has many bends and curves.Everyone was shattered and afraid but one small girl was there; she was very calm and cool, people exclaimed how come she is cool’ then they asked her “Girl, how come you are not afraid of these scary bends and curves? She replied that ‘The driver is my dad and I strongly believe he will safely take me to the destination.’ Yes, friends: we are called to trust the Lord in our path of difficulties and problems.”

“He will act. “ “Twelve is a number of completions; Bishop, the diocese and the people of the Jaffna diocese are going to begin a new era, to write a new chapter; God will take care of everything!” Dr. Alexander concluded the sermon with a message of hope.

The service of ordination for Rev. W. Jebasingh Samuvel took place after the sermon. Rev. Jebasingh currently serves in the island of Delft, and was ordained as a Presbyter in the presence of clerics and office bearers of the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India.

During the Felicitation time, Hon. C. Sundraraj, Bursar cum Treasurer of Madras Christian College, greeted the Bishop and his 12th year of successful bishopric leadership.

After the service, the general felicitation was arranged by the congregation to Bishop Daniel Thiagarajah’s marvellous ministry; people from various churches honoured Bishop and his wife Dr. Thayalini Thiagarajah.

The Bishop during the vote of thanks remembered those who have travelled in the bishopric journey with him and thanked everyone for the support and love.

A fellowship lunch was also served to the congregations and the visitors.

Jaffna Diocese CSI stands with the people of Kerala, India.

Heavy monsoon flooding has devastated 324 people’s lives and destroyed thousands of livelihoods. Large parts of Kerala are hilly which makes even harder to reach the affected areas.

We, the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India, extend our prayer support for those who have lost their loved ones in this natural calamity. We solicit your prayer support for the state of Kerala.

We proud that the Moderator of CSI, the Most Rev. Thomas K. Oommen and his team, are showing solidarity with the people in the time of suffering.

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The 12th Anniversary of the Bishopric Consecration of The Rt. Revd. Dr. Daniel S. Thiagarajah

The 12th Anniversary of the Bishopric Consecration of The Rt. Revd. Dr. Daniel S. Thiagarajah The Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India is pleased to invite you for the 12th Anniversary of the Bishopric Consecration of Bishop Daniel S. Thiagarajah which will be held on Tuesday, the 21st of August 2018 at the JDCSI Catherdal, Vaddukoddai, Jaffna.

Dr.R.W.Alexander Jesudasan will be the guest speaker for the event.

Please convey the message to your friends/relatives, and please remember us in your prayers.

Click the link below to download the Invitation of the event

The 12th Anniversary of the Bishopric Consecration of The Rt. Revd. Dr. Daniel S. Thiagarajah 2018

Annual Thanksgiving Service and Sale at JDCSI Colombo Church 2018.

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. Psalm 9:1

The annual thanksgiving service and sale of the Colombo Church of the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India was held on Sunday, 05th August 2018. The service led the congregation to remember the goodness of God in their lives and to thank God for the providence and presence God has poured out.

The sale that followed was a busy and exciting event. The Women’s Fellowship, Youth Fellowship, and Sunday School had stalls that sold food, drinks, handcrafts, and vegetables. The fellowship of the congregation was strengthened greatly through this sale and everyone present had an enjoyable time.

PC: Rev. V. Pathmathayalan & Mr. Dany Charles.

Green Memorial Hospital Celebrates 170th Anniversary of Founding

It is with great pleasure and gratitude to God we record our sincere appreciation to Dr Samuel Fyske Green who founded Green Memorial Hospital in the year 1848. The hospital is now run by the Jaffna Diocese of Church of South India. Dr Samuel Fiske Green was a young medical graduate from New York, United States, born on October 10, 1822 in America to Mr and Mrs William E Green. On completion of his school education he worked as a clerical assistant and due to his inborn talent, he resigned from his job in 1841 and concentrated on medical studies. He gained a vast knowledge in medicine and surgery by way of associating with eminent doctors in America. Thereafter, he joined a prestigious medical college in America and passed out as a doctor in 1845. Within a short time period, he got a job as a surgeon in New York. But, his main aim was engage in missionary work, which led him to Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

Dr. Green translated several Western books in to Tamil and also taught Western medicine in Tamil. In 1856, he wrote a Tamil book on gynecology which is a notable work of him. Dr Green was instrumental in starting the first ever medical school in Ceylon. Green Memorial Hospital which is known to many as GMH continues to fulfill the vision of Dr Green by providing free medical clinics through the Centre for Holistic Healing (CHH). Doctors, nurses and other staff join this great services of CHH in the Vanni area where medical facilities are scarce. The “Friends of Manipay” which is based in the UK and led by Dr Jeyantha Arnold support the continued and enhanced services at GMH. We are also grateful to Dr. Ambikaipahan who initiated a biography of Dr. Green and to Dr. Arumugam who published this excellent book. The diocese is now in the process of further developments of medical services including training of medical personnel in consultation with a team of doctors from abroad.

Jaffna Diocese Welcomes New Bishop of Krishna-Godavari Diocese of CSI

Rt. Rev. George Cornelious T. has been consecrated as the new bishop of the Krishna-Godavari Diocese of the Church of South India. He is the seventh Bishop of the Diocese.

The consecration service was led by Most Rev. Thomas K. Oommen, the Moderator of the Church of South India, on 29th of May 2018 at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Machilipatnam. The Deputy Moderator delivered the consecration sermon.

The Moderator then declared Rt. Rev. George Cornelious T. as a Bishop in the Church of God, in the name of Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. The congregation responded with a loud ‘Amen’ and sang the doxology.

Then the newly consecrated Bishop was led to his Episcopal chair. The lay officers of the Diocese, representatives of the laity and representatives of the Deacons and Presbyters and women workers promised all due obedience to the new Bishop.

Rt. Rev. George Cornelious takes up the Episcopal calling after a dedicated ministry in the diocese for 20 years. The Bishop is fifty-seven years old; married to Mrs. Joshuva Kumari Dasari and blessed with one son; Dinesh Cornelious, and a daughter, Monica Cornelious. The Bishop started his ministry as the Bishop’s Secretary and served various parishes. He was the Director of Christian Education and of the Youth Department of the Diocese.

Photos Courtesy: CSI SYNOD.