History of MGOCSM

The origin of Mar Gregorios Orthodox Christian Student Movement (MGOCSM) can be traced as far back as to 1908. Its precursor is the Syrian Student Conference formed by a group of Orthodox high school and university students in Madras, India (Chennai). The objectives of the Syrian Student Conference were to engage the students in a structured spiritual and holistic life. Later in 1960, the organization adopted the name MGOCSM, after the saint of Malankara, Parumala Mar Gregorios of Blessed Memory. The units of MGOCSM were then opened through out the country. Now there are MOGOCSM units attached to all the Indian Orthodox churches. It is a vibrant movement of the youth in the church.


The MGOCSM has three mottos: Worship, Study and Service. Perhaps the first and most important motto is worship. The members come together and worship our God, Jesus Christ, singing and praying for all His blessings. The second motto is studying the Holy Bible, orthodox faith and beliefs. The movement urges the members to read and study Bible while excelling in their academic activities. The third motto of MGOCSM is to provide service by spreading the Gospel and helping the poor and the needy.

MGOCSM activities in our Parish

We have a very active MGOCSM unit in our parish. The members meet almost every week after the Holy Eucharist on Sundays. In addition to the regular prayer meetings, the MGOCSM unit organizes monthly payer meetings and Bible study sessions at the members’ residences. Our MGOCSM unit also coordinates with the other units in Washington-Maryland area in organizing retreats and other activities. It is also very active at the Diocesan level.

For more information about the MGOCSM and its activities please contact the Vicar or the Web team. We encourage you to become part of MGOCSM.