The Syro-Malankara Catholics of the Exarchate gathered together for the 8th National convention on 9 August 2012. The Convention began with a public meeting wherein His Excellency Mar Eusebius welcomed all the faithful, the dignitaries and resource persons who had arrived from different places both in Kerala and in America. The presence of His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis, Major Archbishop-Catholicos of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, throughout the entire Convention was a great blessing to the Exarchate. His Excellency Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, His Excellency Joseph Mar Thomas, the former Apostolic Vistitator to North America and Europe and present Bishop of the Eparchy of Bathery, His Excellency Vincent Mar Paulos, Bishop of the Eparchy of Marthandom, and His Excellency Samuel Mar Irenios, Auxiliary Bishop of the Major Archieparchy of Trivandrum, His Excellency Gregory Mansour, Bishop of the Eparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn and His Excellency William Murphy, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre were present.
Classes were arranged for the participants according to their age. Classes and spiritual conferences were given by Bishop Gregory Mansour, Rev. Fr. Bobby Jose Kattikad OFM Cap., Rev. Fr. Cia Joy CSsR, Rev. Fr. Stan Fortuna CFR, Miss Jaisy Joseph and others. In addition to these classes, plentiful opportunities for prayer and reflection were given to all participants.
The Convention concluded on 12 August 2012 with the Holy Qurbono, which was the heart of the Convention, both in Malayalam and in English.
The Exarchate expresses its gratitude to all who prepared the 8th North American Convention a fruitful one and all who worked tirelessly for its success, especially Very Rev. Fr. Augustine Mangalath, the General Convener, Mr. Philip John, the General Secretary, and all members of the Convention Committee.