JDCSI welcomes New Bishop of Kanyakumari Diocese.

*Rt. Rev. A. R. Chelliah has been Consecrated as the New Bishop in CSI Kanyakumari Diocese*
Rt. Rev. Dr. Anantha Raj Rayappan Chelliah has been consecrated as the new bishop of the Kanyakumari Diocese of the Church of South India. He is the sixth Bishop of the Diocese.

The consecration service was led by Most Rev. Thomas K. Oommen, the Moderator of the Church of South India, on the 7th of July 2019 at CSI District Church Mylaudy in Kanyakumari, which is the first church established in Travancore District (1809 AD). In the consecration service, which started at 3.30 in the evening, Rt. Rev. Dr. Vadapalli Prasada Rao, the Deputy Moderator, Rev. Dr. Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda, the General Secretary, Rt. Rev. Prasana Kumar Samuel (Bishop, CSI Karnataka Central Diocese), Rt. Rev. S. E. C. Devasagayam (Bishop, CSI Thoothukudi- Nazareth Diocese), The Rt. Rev. Dr. J. J. Christdoss (Bishop, CSI Tirunelveli Diocese), Rt. Rev. Mohan Raj (Bishop, CSI Karnataka Southern Diocese), Rt. Rev. B. D. Prasada Rao (Bishop, Rayalaseema), Rt. Rev. Dharmaraj Rasalam, Rt. Rev. Timothy Ravinder (Bishop, CSI Coimbatore Diocese), Rt. Rev. Pushpalalitha (Bishop, CSI Nandyal Diocese) Rt. Rev. Jayaraj George Stephen (Bishop, Madras Diocese), Rt. Rev. Dr. Oommen George (Bishop, CSI Kollam Kottarakkara) Rt. Rev. A. C. Solomon (Bishop, CSI Medak Diocese), Rt. Rev. Dr. Chandrasekaran (Bishop, Trichy- Tanjore), Rt. Rev. Sharma Nithiyanandam (bishop, Vellore) and the retired bishop of CSI, Rt. Rev. M. I. Kesari assisted the Moderator in the Communion service. Rt. Rev. Dr. Chandrasekaran delivered the consecration sermon. Adv. Robert Bruce, the Hon. Treasurer of the Church of South India, and the Diocesan leaders also gave the leadership in the consecration service. People from various walks of life, the missionaries, heads of institutions, representatives from theological colleges, members of the neighbouring dioceses, and leaders and members of other denominations witnessed the consecration service.

During the installation, Rev. Dr D. Rathnakara Sadananda, General Secretary of the CSI, read the instrument of election and selection. The congregation gave its assent. The Moderator then led the consecration and installation of the Bishop-elect. There was a solemn examination of the Bishop-elect, followed by the congregational hymn inviting the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Moderator and the officiating Bishops laid their hands on the head of the Bishop-elect and prayed that God ordains and consecrates him Bishop in God’s Church. The Moderator then presented the newly consecrated Bishop with the Bible and Rt. Rev. P. K. Samuel presented the Pastoral Staff, the symbol of the good shepherd, while the Bishop was adorned with the Saffron Stole by Rt. Rev. A. C. Solomon. The Deputy Moderator placed the Episcopal Ring on his finger, a token of pledge and fidelity. The Bishops then welcomed the new Bishop to the council of the Bishops by giving the right hand of fellowship. The Moderator then declared Rt. Rev. Anantha Raj Rayappan Chelliah 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.

Bishop thanked the Synod officers, fellow- bishops, diocesan leadership, and people and shared his vision about the future of the diocese.

Er. Byju Nazareth Paul, the Diocesan Secretary, proposed the official vote of thanks.

Born on the 7th July 1958, as the son of Mr R. Anantha Raj and late Mrs N. Mano Sundaram, Rev. Chelliah started his education at LMPC High School, Puthalam, Nagercoil. He finished his graduation from Scott Christian College in Nagercoil and secured his MA in Philosophy from Madurai Kamaraj University.

He started his theological journey from TTS Madurai and did his MTh from the United Theological College, Bangalore. He has his Doctorate in Theology from the Serampore University.

Rev. Dr Chelliah was ordained as a Presbyter in the Kanyakumari Diocese of the CSI in 1994. He served as a pastor of the congregations of West Santhaiyadi, Allenkottai, Saralkottai, Poovancode, Neyyoor, and CSI Home Church in Nagercoil. He was promoted as the District Minister in 2008.

Rev. Chelliah is married to Mrs Prof. Dr Felicia Chelliah and blessed with a son- Dr R. C. Neil Ananth MDS., FOMS, and daughter- Dr R. C. Mano Rajam MBBS, DGO.

May God bless the new Bishop to lead this great diocese of the Church of South India with zeal and enthusiasm.

Courtesy : CSI Synod

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JDCSI Welcomes New Bishop of CSI Vellore Diocese.

Rt. Rev. H. Sharma Nithiyanandham has been consecrated as the new bishop of the Vellore Diocese of the Church of South India. He is the sixth Bishop of the Diocese.

The consecration service was led by Most Rev. Thomas K. Oommen, the Moderator of the Church of South India, on 19th of May 2019 at CSI Central Church, in Vellore. Rt. Rev. Dr. Vadapalli Prasada Rao, the Deputy Moderator, Rev. Dr. Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda, the General Secretary, Rt. Rev. Prasana Samuel (Bishop, CSI Karnataka Central Diocese), Rt. Rev. S. E. C. Devasagayam (Bishop, CSI Thoothukudi- Nazareth Diocese) Rt. Rev. M. Joseph (Bishop, CSI Madurai- Ramnadu Diocese), The Rt. Rev. Dr. J. J. Christdoss (Bishop, CSI Tirunelveli Diocese), Rt. Rev. Mohan Raj (Bishop, CSI Karnataka Southern Diocese), Rt. Rev. Timothy Ravinder (Bishop, CSI Coimbatore Diocese), Rt. Rev. Pushpalalitha (Bishop, CSI Nandyal Diocese) Rt. Rev. Jayaraj George Stephen (Bishop, Madras Diocese), Rt. Rev. A. C. Solomon (Bishop, CSI Medak Diocese) and the retired bishops of CSI, Rt. Rev. William and Rt. Rev. Rajavelu assisted the Moderator in the Communion service. Bishop M. Joseph gave the consecration sermon. Adv. Robert Bruce, the Hon. Treasurer of the Church of South India and the Diocesan leaders also gave the leadership in the consecration service. People from various walks of life, the missionaries, heads of institutions, representatives from theological colleges, members of the neighbouring dioceses, and leaders and members of other denominations witnessed the consecration service.

During the installation, Rev. Dr D. Rathnakara Sadananda, General Secretary of the CSI, read the instrument of election and selection. The congregation gave its assent. The Moderator then led the consecration and installation of the Bishop-elect. There was a solemn examination of the Bishop-elect, followed by the congregational hymn inviting the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Moderator and the officiating Bishops laid their hands on the head of the Bishop-elect and prayed that God ordains and consecrates him Bishop in God’s Church. The Moderator then presented the newly consecrated Bishop with the Bible and the Pastoral Staff, the symbol of the good shepherd, while the Bishop was adorned with the Saffron Stole. Rt. Rev. Jayaraj George Stephen (Bishop, Madras Diocese) placed the Episcopal Ring on his finger, a token of pledge and fidelity. This important practice has been customarily done by the Madras bishop since the formation of the Vellore Diocese bifurcated from the Madras Diocese. The Bishops then welcomed the new Bishop to the council of the Bishops by giving the right hand of fellowship. The Moderator then declared Rt. Rev. Sharma Nithiyanandham 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. Sharma Nithiyanandham has been elevated to this high office after a long and effective ministry in the diocese in various capacities. Bishop is fifty-six years old; married to Mrs. Jessie Sophia Sharma, who serves CMC Vellore as the Charge Nurse, and blessed with a son, Mr. Irenaeus John Mariyan, a Plus Two student. Bishop started his ministry as a probationer at CSI Gangatharanellore pastorate and moved to Jabalpore for his BD studies at Leonard Theological College. Later he had done his MTh in Social Analysis from the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary in Madurai. He has a rich and diverse experience of pastoral ministry both in urban and rural areas. He served the diocese in different capacities: Chairman of youth board, hostel board, and mission and evangelism department; Director of the Dalit and Adivasi Concerns; Interim Director of Agricultural Institute, Kasam; General Convener of the 40th anniversary of the diocesan formation; and the Hon. Secretary of the Diocesan Council.

May God bless the new Bishop to lead this great diocese of the Church of South India with zeal and enthusiasm.

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Bishop Dr Daniel S Thiagarajah has condemned the Easter Sunday bomb blasts happened on 21st of April  2019 in Sri Lanka.

Bishop Dr Daniel S Thiagarajah has condemned the Easter Sunday bomb blasts happened on 21st of April  2019 in Sri Lanka.

 

இலங்கையில் நடைபெற்ற குண்டு வெடிப்புச் சம்பவங்கள் தொடர்பில் தென்னிந்திய திருச்சபையின் பேராயர் அதி.வண.கலாநிதி டானியல் செ.தியாகராஜா அறிக்கை ஒன்றின் ஊடாக கண்டனத்தை வெளியிட்டுள்ளார்.

Message from the Chairperson, Board of Directors of Jaffna College

I am pleased to inform you that pursuant to an action in the Norfolk Probate Court in Massachusetts No. 18E0048QC filed by the Board of Directors of Jaffna College against the Trustees of Jaffna College Funds, the Court issued an interim order on 30th October as requested by the Board appointing an independent Special Fiduciary to administer the trust funds.

I am happy to inform the school community that Jaffna College will continue to function as usual. This interim order means that the immediate threat posed to the life of the school by the Trustees’ decision to cut funding has subsided.
We are grateful to God for his faithfulness shown to Jaffna College at all times. We are also deeply thankful to all those who stood with Jaffna College in this time of crisis.

Bishop Daniel S. Thiagarajah

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Statement from the Board of Director of Jaffna College

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News Release in the Sunday Times regarding ‘Special Fiduciary’ to replace Jaffna College Trustees: US  court

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Rev. John Bottomley preaches at JDCSI Cathedral

The movement from feeling chaotic and unable to act, to being at peace with God and
seeing a clear direction
Sermon by the Rev. John Bottomley in the JDCSI Cathedral on 16 th September 2018

Scripture Lessons: Romans 5: 1-5; John 16: 16-33

Tuesday this week was remembered around the world as International Suicide Prevention Day.
The day had a special sadness for me as I remembered a brother-in-law and a young woman I
knew well, Sarah, who had both committed suicide. Sarah’s death was a source of great grief
to me, to her family and especially her mother, Jenny.

When Jenny asked me to conduct the funeral for Sarah, I agreed. But it was difficult beyond
words. The difficulty I experienced was feeling overwhelmed by so many conflicting thoughts
and feelings. I felt sorrow, confusion and anger – anger at Sarah for taking her own life, anger
at the psychiatrist who had sexually violated her, and anger at all the people who had let her
down, perhaps including myself.

Then I spoke with a good friend about my grief and confusion. I later sat quietly with God in
prayer. As I meditated I felt again my anger and guilt, my emptiness and despair. In the silence
I began to wonder if this was how Sarah had felt when she had taken her life. Perhaps she had
felt anger at the injustice in her life, and guilt about decisions she had made. Perhaps she felt
empty and despairing about her life and all of these things contributed to her suicide. As I
reflected on these feelings Sarah may have also endured, my heart was opened and I sensed a
connection with Sarah’s anguish before she died. My heart was touched by a deep sense of
compassion for this vulnerable and anguished young woman.

As my compassion for Sarah grew, I became aware of God’s presence with me and God’s
acceptance of my grieving spirit. I became aware of God’s love for me in the midst of being
overwhelmed by my painful feelings sparked by Sarah’s suicide. This awareness of God’s love
for me strengthened me as my eyes and heart were opened to receive the truth that God’s love
was what I needed to be a pastor to Jenny and her family. If my terrible feelings of grief and
anger and despair were all acceptable to a loving God, they could form a foundation of truth to
speak at Sarah’s funeral.

The movement from feeling chaotic and unable to act, to being at peace with God and seeing a
clear direction, is what Paul witnesses to when he says ‘since we are justified by faith, we have
peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this

grace in which we stand; and we boast in the hope of sharing the glory of God ‘. (5 1-2 ) Being
justified is Paul’s way of describing how God restores us to a right relationship with God.
Everything between you and God can be made right again, even when you are feeling crushed
and overwhelmed. The sin and evil that distorts and destroys our lives is lifted away, and your
life is put straight with God. The result of being justified by God’s love is you will be at peace.

Paul explains that the peace Christ brings is through God’s deep acceptance of who you are as
a person, even when you cannot accept your feelings of failure and guilt. The peace God’s
generous acceptance gives is a gift you are given through Christ’s love for you. When I
received this peace is brought to me an inner strength which allowed me to stand straight in the
face of Sarah’s traumatic death. Knowing Christ’s peace gave me confidence to face my fears
and the distress I felt caused by Sarah’s suicide. It gave me hope that I could bring the peace
Christ had given to me to what I said and did at the funeral. All I could do was be fully present
at the funeral as a witness to the hope I have in Christ. My hope was that I had access to God’s
grace through Christ who knew my fears and confusion, and to lead the funeral supported by
this grace.

But Paul moves on quickly from his affirmation of the benefits of Christ’s peace to remind me
that the peace I experienced was not in any way a reward for my efforts. You may rejoice when
you have shared in the glory of God’s love, but it is an experience that calls you to fuller service.
You may rejoice in receiving Christ’s love, ‘and not only that,’ Paul says, ‘but we also boast in
our sufferings, knowing that the suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces
character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love
has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us’ (5 3-5 ). This
path Paul traces from the depth of human suffering ends up with his testimony to our hope,
which has its powerfirmly based in God’s love poured into our hearts.

Five days after Sarah’s funeral, Jenny asked me to conduct a small service at her home for her
work colleagues. Over 20 people from the university where Jenny worked gathered for a service
of remembrance, for many of them also felt the same overwhelming despair that had first hit
me. Later Jenny described the impact this service had when she returned to work a month after
Sarah died. It was as if Jenny’s welcome of her work colleagues into a sacred space in her own
home to share her deep grief at her only daughter’s suicide unlocked a steady stream of
compassionate understanding towards her. Her work colleagues welcomed her back to work
with sensitivity and love. And this love which reached out to Jenny has lifted her heart with
hope.

Over long months when Jenny rarely felt like going to work, she discovered within herself a
spirit that has endured suffering, and from her endurance she believes she is changing –
becoming more aware of herself and the people around her. One day, Jenny said to me, ‘John,
I am going to survive this’. From out of the depth of her suffering and endurance, Jenny gave
voice to her hope – a hope that began in the gift of love poured into her heart by the
compassion of those she works with. This is a fulfilment of Paul’s promise. The Holy Spirit may
pour out God’s love in those whose broken hearts are open to receive Christ’s healing grace.

John’s gospel puts clearly the reality of Christ’s promise to lift the burden of our suffering in an
unjust worldfrom our broken hearts. Jesus says: ‘So you have pain now; but I will see you
again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.’ (Jn. 16: 22 ). A
Christian life is not free from pain and suffering. Indeed Jesus teaches us that ‘in the world you
face persecution’ (16: 33 ). Sarah suffered the injustice of her psychiatrist sexually abusing his
position of trust and the violation shattered her vulnerable sense of worth. International Suicide
Prevention day reminds us not to forget the injustice people like Sarah suffered. It reminds us
to remember her pain, and to know the truth that unjust pain will harm and kill people.

This remembrance can be at the heart of our Holy Communion today, for when you remember
Jesus’ suffering and death at our Lord’s Table, remember the truth that Christ’s unjust suffering
at the hands of his enemiesled him to the cross and robbed him of life. He was killed by
powerful people in the same way that Sarah was robbed of life by a man exercising what is a
noble and prestigious profession in psychiatry that he perverted for his own selfish needs.

But Jesus’ words call us to see past the ugliness of the world that too often surrounds us, and
point us to the life-giving power of God’s love, that can bring life out of chaos as Jenny learned,
and that can bring peace when we take into our hearts and bodies the suffering love of Jesus
Christ. This is the great gift we receive at our Lord’s Table. You receive the love of God for
you, as you are today, even when you are broken-hearted and overwhelmed as I was by the
injustice of Sarah’s death. You receive the solidarity of Christ’s presence who shares our
suffering. And through Christ’s presence, you may receive the gift of peace, of knowing that by
Christ’s generous love you have been put right with God. This is a joy that no-one can take
from you.

Vacation Bible School – 2018

The Board for Christian Education (BCE) of the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India (JDCSI) under the leadership of its Director Mr. A.C. Francis facilitated the Annual Vacation Bible School-2018 in Vaddukoddai and Kilinochchi respectively on 23-25 and 26-28 August 2018.

This was the fourth consecutive year the CSI Thoothukudi-Nazareth Diocese Children Mission (Baliar Nanban) has conducted the VBS program in Jaffna Diocese.  The Rev. N.S. Joseph Israel, Director along with Mr. Solomon and Mr. Jesudian of Children’s Ministry workers of CSI Thuthukudi- Nazareth Diocese, India, trained children along with local Sunday school teacher and volunteers.

The theme of the year was “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever,” based on Hebrews 13:8.

Nearly 250 children participated and benefitted in this year’s Vacation Bible School at Vaddukoddai and Kilinochchi.  The Rev. V. Pathmathayalan coordinated the program in both places.  The Project Officer S. John Ragunathan was in-charge of all practical arrangements.  The clergy of the area were in full participation during these days.

The CSI Jaffna Diocese is grateful to the Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr S.E.C. Devasagayam for the encouragement and support he gives to the team as well as to Jaffna Diocese in ministering to the children through VBS.

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

 “COMMIT YOUR WAY TO THE LORD;
TRUST IN HIM AND HE WILL DO THIS”

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.