|Martha Mariam samajam|
Marth Mariam Vanitha Samajam
A Brief History
The organization was founded in 1920 aimed at the spiritual progress of women. The founders named it “Marth Mariam Samajam”after the Blessed Virgin Mary whom they accepted as their interceding saint. It was started under the patronage of the Late Very Rev. M.C.Kuriakose Ramban and with the leadership of K.M Annamma. and co-workers.
There is a central committee with all the 24 Dioceses of the church. The Diocesan Metropolitan is the President of diocesan committee and the vicars that of the branches. Each Diocesan Samajam has a secretary, elected from the committee members who in their turn represents the group or districts into which each diocese is subdivided. The Group secretaries encourage the branch samajams and make members ever more loyal to the faith and practices of the church. The diocesan and the organizing secretaries are expected to visit the branches at times.. Retreats, Bible Classes, Competitions etc are held both on Diocese and Parish levels.
There is a Leadership Training Camp held annually for 5 days during summer holidays. The Annual Conference is held in May. Annual examinations are conducted based on prescribed text books of church faith, Bible portions and liturgical hymns
Present concerns and Future Prospects
The Samajam was in the fore-front of the struggle to achieve equal ancestral property right for Christian women of Karalla.
Besides the central administrative office at Kottayam, almost all the Dioceses have their own headquarters and conference centers. There are vocational guidance centers, Nursery schools and self-employment projects.
Recently many changes occurred in the life of the Church with the humble persuasion. of this Samajam. During Baptism, the Girls are also permitted to enter the sanctuary and kiss the alter. The tradition that only boys are baptized just after the feast of Epipany is now changed. Females are allowed to read the Bible during liturgy. Nuns are allowed to serve at the alter during the worship services and Holy Liturgy in the convents. Women are now elected as members and office – bearers in the administration in some churches.
M V S Central Office
Kanjikuzhy, Kottayam 4
Karalla State, India