‘Viswasa Samrakshana Samithi’
Early 1970′s was a period of great confusion and tribulations in the Malankara
Church. The faith and traditions of the Holy Church were questioned by a section
who later declared themselves independent. This hurt the feelings of many, but
the lack of a common forum for the faithful to convey their grievances appeared
to be a major handicap in those days. It was in this difficult period the
parishioners of the churches in Kottayam and nearby places took an initiative to
convene a meeting of the faithful in the Attamangalam church.
Accordingly on 18th June 1972 a special convention was held in the church which
gave birth to the organization called ‘Viswasa Samrakshana Samithi’ (Association
for defending the Holy Faith) with Mr. John Abraham Illikalam as its founder
president and Mr. C Philip Panachiparambil as its secretary. It is this
organization the forerunner of ‘Anthiokya Viswasa Samrakshana Samithi’ which
have its branches now in all the Malankara churches.