Mariam Ceena Varghese

Lecturer in Malayalam

Mariam Ceena Varghese holds two degrees from St. Vladimir's Seminary: Th.M. ('10) and M.A. ('09). Her Master of Theology thesis, titled "A Guide to the Liturgical Services of the Orthodox Syrian Church: Translation and Analysis," attests to her facility with languages of importance to Oriental Orthodox Christians. This year at SVOTS, she will teach a course in Malayalam, one of the major languages of southern India. Currently, Ms. Varghese is the Resource Coordinator of the Youth and Young Adult Ministries Department of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of AmericaShe also serves as a curriculum writer for an Orthodox project of Gospel Light Worldwide & World Vision/MEER. In addition, she is involved in various ministries of the Malankara Orthodox Church. 

Education: 
  • Master of Theology, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, 2010: Th.M. Thesis: A Guide to the Liturgical Services of the Orthodox Syrian Church: Translation and Analysis
  • Master of Arts in Theology, cum laude, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, 2009
  • Bachelor of Science, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, with a minor in Religious Studies, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2006
Presentations: 
  • Walk in Love, Nuhro Summer Camp, St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, Chicago, June 12–15, 2008
  • Balancing Life: A Study on Martha & Mary, Women’s Ministry, Family & Youth Conference of the American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Church, July 18, 2008
  • Prayer: Liturgical and Personal, National Youth Leadership Camp of the American Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Church, New York, July 26, 2008
  • Esther: A Model for preparing ourselves to come before the King, Malankara Orthodox Youth Conference, Chicago, August 1, 2008
  • Faithfulness to our Education: An Offering to God, Back to School Retreat, St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, Philadelphia, August 24, 2008
  • “Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, be faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:12), Southeast Annual Fall Youth Retreat of the Malankara Orthodox Church, Florida, August 29-31, 2008
  • Prayer: Turning to the Source of Life, Northeast America Youth Thanksgiving Retreat of the Malankara Orthodox Church, St. Vladimir’s Seminary, New York, November 29, 2008
  • “The Lord is near all who call upon Him”, Orthodox Vacation Bible School, St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Church, Tampa, June 17–20, 2009
  • The Beauty of Christian Marriage, Couples’ Retreat at St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Church, Tampa, June 20, 2009
  • Martha as a Model of Faith, Malankara Orthodox Youth Conference, Chicago, July 31, 2009
  • Living as the Pure Bride of Christ, Malankara Orthodox Youth Conference, Chicago, Aug 1, 2009
  • Orthodox Christian Life in Modern World, Family Conference of the St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, North Carolina, August 8, 2009
  • The Holy Trinity as a Model for Christian Marriage/Family, Family Conference of the St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, North Carolina, August 8, 2009
  • “Where are you?”: Examining our Lives in Christ, Family & Youth Conference, St. Stephen’s Orthodox Church, New Jersey, August 27–30, 2009
  • Repentance: “Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord” (Lamentations 3:40), Southeast Annual Fall Youth Retreat, Diocese of South-West America of the Malankara Orthodox Church, Florida, September 3–5, 2010
  • Capping the Spill of Spiritual Degradation: “So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11), Diocesan Annual Women’s Conference, Diocese of South-West America of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Atlanta, October 8–9, 2010
  • Life in the Church: Our Journey into the Promised Land, Youth Meeting, St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Detroit, October 22, 2010
  • Submitting our “Red Sea” to God, Youth Retreat, Ecumenical Fellowship of Indian Churches in Philadelphia, October 30, 2010
  • Walking with Christ, New Year’s Retreat, St. John’s Orthodox Church, New York, December 31, 2010
  • “How Many Loaves Have You?” (Matthew 15:34), World Day of Prayer Women’s Conference, Kerala Ecumenical Christian Fellowship, Dallas, March 5, 2011
  • The Lenten Buffet, Malankara Orthodox Youth Meeting of the Bronx-Westchester Area, New York, April 3, 2011
  • Defining ‘Leadership’; Biblical Leadership; Christ-Oriented Leadership, Women’s Leadership Camp Series, Diocese of Northeast America of the Malankara Orthodox Church, New York, March 12, April 2, and May 7, 2011
  • Developing the Mind of Christ, Nuhro Summer Camp, St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, Chicago, June 10–12, 2011
  • “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8), Youth Leadership Camp of St. George Orthodox Church of Staten Island, Lancaster, PA, July 22–23, 2011
  • “I am the Lord that healeth thee” (Exodus 15:26), Diocese of South-West America Southern Regional Family & Youth Conference, Dallas, July 29–30, 2011
  • Being Faithful in Relationships, Malankara Orthodox Youth Conference, Chicago, Aug 5 and 6, 2011
  • Approaching the Study Table as an Altar, Back to School Retreat, Malankara Orthodox Churches of Bronx & Westchester, New York, August 27, 2011
  • Christ the High Priest: A Study Based on the Epistle to Hebrews, St. Thomas Malankara Orthodox Church, Dover, New Jersey, September 25, 2011
  • Tearing Down the Wall, Youth Retreat, St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Cathedral, Bellwood, Illinois, October 8 and 9, 2011
  • Living the Faith, St. Mary’s Malankara Orthodox Church, St Louis, November 5-6, 2011
  • Pursuing the Mind of Christ, Holy Cross Mission Parish, Manhattan, New York, November 19, 2011
  • Why are you Hiding? Malankara Orthodox Regional Lenten Retreat for Youth and Young Adults, Houston, March 9-11, 2012
  • “Show yourself in all respects a model of good deeds” (Titus 2:7), Malankara Orthodox Regional Women’s Conference, Atlanta, March 17, 2012
  • Healing through Christ and His Church, St. Thomas Malankara Orthodox Church Youth Meeting, Atlanta, March 18, 2012
  • Christ-Oriented Leadership, Women’s Leadership Camp Series, Diocese of Northeast America of the Malankara Orthodox Church, New York, April 28
  • The People of God, Women’s Leadership Camp Series, Diocese of Northeast America of the Malankara Orthodox Church, New York, May 12
  • Women and the Church, Focus Nation, National Young Adults Conference, Dioceses of South-West and Northeast America of the Malankara Orthodox Church, May 17-20, 2012
  • Orthodox Utility Belt, Focus Nation, National Young Adults Conference, Dioceses of South-West and Northeast America of the Malankara Orthodox Church, May 17-20, 2012
  • How to Study Scripture: A Workshop based on Revelation, Focus Nation, National Young Adults Conference, Dioceses of South-West and Northeast America of the Malankara Orthodox Church, May 17-20, 2012
  • Who are the ‘Sent’? St Thomas Malankara Orthodox Church, Baltimore, June 16, 2012
Church & Professional Activities: 
  • Youth & Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, Resource Coordinator
  • Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Curriculum Writer 
  • Gospel Light Worldwide & World Vision/MEER, Curriculum Writer, focusing on the Orthodox Creed
  • Orthodox Vacation Bible School of the Malankara Orthodox Church, Curriculum Coordinator of the Northeast and Southwest American dioceses
  • Sunday School of the Malankara Orthodox Church, General Secretary of the Outside India Region
  • Involved in various children’s, youth, and women’s ministries of the Northeast and Southwest American dioceses of the Malankara Orthodox Church

 

Other Work Experience: 

Bioinformatics Research Assistant, University of Maryland, Biotechnology Institute (UMBI), 2006