Vicar's Message

Greetings to you all in the matchless name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!
I thank the Almighty God for the opportunity to pastor at the CSI Malayalam Congregation, Dubai. A word of gratitude to Most Rev. Thomas K. Oommen, Moderator of Church of South India and Bishop in Madhya Kerala Diocese for this opportunity, to Rev. Praveen Chacko for passing on the baton for the next tenure’s pastoral ministry and to all the office bearers and church members of this congregation for your warm welcome.

The word “mission” is all about being sent out. We are in a way sent out for different purposes in different parts of UAE. We have set our goals in this journey for truth, knowledge, wealth and power but God ultimately has a purpose behind our journeys. It is a dire mistake not to see what God has in store for us and what God intends to do with our lives. As Rick Warren in his ‘Purpose Driven Life’ says in adherence to Colossians 1:16, “you were made by God and for God and unless you understand that, life will never make sense”. So, it is better to ask the author of our lives to know what we ought to do with our lives wherever we are. Otherwise it won’t really make sense. We might be in a foreign land with a totally different intention and a totally different living experience, but still there is a plan and purpose behind us being wherever we are and until and unless we discover that out, life will be meaningless.

The third Sunday in June is being observed as Father’s Day worldwide. Let us honour the sensitive spirit of a father and accomplish the responsibilities as the word of God has entrusted to all fathers. In Deuteronomy 6:8, we see that a father is a responsible person to teach, guide and nurture the child through the word of God. Let us be proud of the privilege which is given to us as fathers so that we may be able to exalt the name of our Lord Jesus Christ through our family lives.

Let me remind you to ‘de-prioritize’ the goals and the so called purposes of our lives so as to find the real purpose behind our lives from the one who ascribed it, especially in a foreign land where we ought to be models and witnesses of Christ in our walk and talk.

Yours in His service,

Kuruvilla Achen

About our Vicar

Rev. Dr. P.K. Kuruvilla hails from Thalavady and is a member of St. Stephen’s Church Puthuval. He graduated in BD from Union Biblical Seminary Pune in 1990 and was ordained as deacon in the same year and as presbyter in 1991.
He has served as Vicar in Keezhvaipur, Kayamkulam, Kallumala, New York Hudson Valley, Mundiappally, Kumpalampoika, Alappuzha, Kodukulanji and Cathedral Kottayam. He has served as the Coordinator of Bicentenary Celebration and Bursar of C.M.S. College, Kottayam. He has also served as Presbyter-in-Charge of Koothrappally and Kumarakom parishes.

He earned his Doctorate in Parish Ministry from New York Theological College, New York. Kuruvilla Achen has held responsible positions from 2014 till 2017 as Member of Synod Working Committee, Executive Committee, Liturgy Committee and Synod Office Bearers Search Committee. He was nominated to the Synod Executive Committee during the Synod held in Kottayam and also to the Ministerial Committee and Synod Court (2017-2020). He was Diocesan Executive Committee Member, Finance Board Secretary (2011 to 2017) and Pastoral Board Secretary (2014 to 2017). Achen was also a Visitor of Bethel Asramam, Thiruvalla (2009 to 2012).

His wife Mrs. Susan Kuruvilla is the Headmistress of CMS College LP School Kottayam. She is also the Vice President of Diocesan Women’s Fellowship. They are blessed with a son and a daughter. Their son Wesley P. Kuruvilla holds a Post-graduate degree in Social Works (MSW) and is a student of BD at United Theological College, Bangalore. Their daughter Winny P. Kuruvilla is doing Articleship in CA after graduation (B.Com).

Dubai CSI parish is honored to have Kuruvilla Achen to pastor and shepherd its activities. We wish Achen the very best during his ministry here.