History

History of the MGOCSM (Mar Gregorios Orthodox Christian Student Movement)

MGOCSM

In the early parts of the 20th century, students and senior leaders of the Church felt an urge to further their spiritual life and create a lively fellowship for all the Christian students in the various colleges and high schools.

In 1907, the Syrian Student Conference was formed. On January 1, 1907, the Syrian Student Conference had its first conference at Balikamadom School, Tiruvalla, Kerala. For years after that, the Syrian Student Conference continued to offer the conference annual as a regular feature for years after that. In 1960, the Syrian Student Conference changed its name to Mar Gregorios Orthodox Christian Student Movement and adopted the motto “Worship-Study-Service.”

Since then, the movement continued to grow to become the oldest Christian Student Organization in India and has expanded to many different nations around the world. MGOCSM maintains interdisciplinary contacts in the academic field for a long time by the formation of its various wings. They are the College student’s wing, High school student’s wing, University teachers Association, Medical Auxiliary Technical Auxiliary, Missionary forum, Literary forum, Publication wing, etc.

The list of General Secretaries and Treasurers and the Leadership Camps for which they were in leadership are given below:

YEARS GENERAL SECRETARY GENERAL TREASURER CAMP - HOST CITY
2001 - 2004 Rev. Fr. Aju Mathews
(Was a Deacon at the time) 
Rev. Fr. Binu Mathews
(Was a Deacon at the time) 

Houston (2001)
Baltimore (2002)
Detroit (2003)
Tampa (2004) 

 

2004 - 2006 Rev. Fr. Paul Cherian
(Was a Deacon at the time) 

Rev. Fr. Gheevarghese John
(Was a Deacon at the time) 

 

Philadelphia (2005)
Dallas (2006) 
2006 - 2008

Rev. Fr. Mathew Alexander
(Was a Deacon at the time) 

 

Rev. Fr. Abi Chacko
(Was a Deacon at the time) 
Chicago (2007)
New York (2008) 
2008 - 2010

Rev. Fr. Gheevarghese John
(Was a Deacon at the time) 

 

Rev. Dn. Joel Mathew
(Was a Seminarian at the time) 
Atlanta (2009)
Houston (2010) 
2010 - 2012 Rev. Fr. Vijay Thomas
(Was a Deacon at the time) 
Rev. Dn. Teji Abraham
(Was a Seminarian at the time) 

Baltimore (2011)
Detroit (2012)

2012 - 2013
Rev. Dn. Daniel (Dennis) Mathai

Mr. Georgie George


Philadelphia (2013)

Because of the growth, at the 13th annual North American Leadership Camp held at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, both Metropolitans decided the MGOCSM administration would take place on a Diocesan level. However, joint efforts such as Leadership Camp and Missions would continue.