Martha Mariam Vanitha Samajam (MMVS) is the Women’s Association of the Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Syrian Church. MMVS was founded in 1920 with the aim of the spiritual progress of women of the Malankara Orthodox Church. The founders named it “Martha Mariam Vanitha Samajam” after the Blessed Virgin Mary whom they accepted as their interceding saint. The motto of the organization is “Pray, Act, and Shine”.
MMVS is one of the major ministries of the church encompassing all the female members. It is spread throughout the world in all the 28 dioceses and functioning in all parishes of the church. The Church has a central committee for this spiritual organization that encourages Church wide and dioces-wide conferences, retreates, seminars, and other related programs for the spititual nourishment of the women of our Church. In the South-West American Diocese, this organization is spiritually being strengthened under the leadership of the diocesan metropolitan, H.G. Alexios Mar Eusebius.
The MMVS unit of our parish, under the leadership of our clergy, organizes monthly prayer meetings, bible study, and supports different parish and diocesan level charity projects. Following are some of the projects that MMVS support:
- Marriage aid to poor young girls in India.
- Financial assistance to those families afflicted with terminal illness.
- Providing resources to women to become self-sufficient.
- Assistance to poor girls to study for professional courses.
- Assistance to poor families for medical treatment.
The Feast of Dormition of St. Mary, the Mother of God, and the patron of this ministry, is designated as Women’s day by our Church and is celebrated with special prayers and activities on August 15.
MMVS 2015 Meeting Schedule (Tentative)
|Februray Monthly Meeting||Saturday, Feb. 7th|
|Essay Competition||Saturday, Feb. 28th|
|Fasting Prayer||Saturday, Mar. 7th|
|Prayer Meeting||Saturday, April 18th|
|Prayer Meeting, Talent Competion, & Mother's Day Celebration||Saturday, May 2nd|
|Regional Competion||Saturday, May 30th|
|Prayer Meeting||Saturday, June 13th|
|15-Day Lent||Aug. 1st through Aug. 15|
|Lenten Prayer Meeting||Saturday, August 8th|
|8-Day Lent||Sept. 1 through Sept.8|
|Prayer Meeting||Saturday, October 3rd|
|Prayer Meeting & Thanksgiving Luch||Saturday, November 14th|
|Prayer Meeting||Saturday, December 12th|
MMVS 2016 Officers
- Secretary - Darly George
- Joint Secretary - Nirmala Abraham
- Treasurer - Ammini Thomas
- Committee Members: Susie Kuruvilla, Valsa Varghese, Sunu Joy, Jolly Johnson, Lalu Zacharia, Sherly Roy, Mariamma Thomas, Mariamma Mathew, Omana Thomas, Molly Mathukutty
Connect - Diocesan Matrimonial Website
MMVS Bible Class:-
Weekly Bible class lead by Rev. Fr. Rajesh K. John and Rev. Fr. P.C. George - Every Thursday & Friday from 8:00 PM CST to 9:00 PM CST
The number to call is 1-218-632-0187 and the access code is 3703#. We encourage everyone to listen to these classes.