The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu is visiting Kerala in South India to attend the annual Mar Thoma Syrian Church Convention, which runs from 10 to 17 February 2019. Begun in the 19th Century, this is the 124th Convention to be held and up to 150,000 people are expected to attend.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said: “I was delighted to welcome Metropolitan Joseph Mar Thoma and friends to Bishopthorpe in June last year and to hear more about the Mar Thoma Church in India and here in the UK. It will be a privilege to spend time in worship, fellowship and Bible study along with brothers and sisters from the Mar Thoma Church. For over seven years I have had a standing invitation to visit, preach and teach at the convention of the Christians of Kerala, who trace their origins to the mission and ministry of St Thomas the Apostle.”
The Archbishop was invited to attend the ecumenical conference to deliver a series of addresses, sermons and four Bible Studies and will be attending and participating in the convention throughout the week. The convention is attended by Christians from across India and from different denominations.