From Rev. Fr. Alexander J Kurien – A Servant of God (and a Civil Servant of the US administration at the White House)
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!
When the women arrived back, breathless, speechless, shocked, yet full of joy, the disciples didn’t know what to make of their news. They had seen the body of the dead Jesus taken from the cross and laid in the tomb.
They had seen the tomb sealed and a guard set. Now they were told that the tomb was open, that it was empty, and that some claimed to have seen Jesus alive.
It was the sort of news that they could hardly bear to believe. It was all that they wanted to hear and yet even hearing it made them both fearful and excited at the same time. What has changed history is that this experience of life defeating death, of goodness being stronger than evil, this experience of resurrection is not just a once and for all experience for Jesus.
Resurrection is the experience of the Church and of the people of God. As St Augustine said ‘We are an Easter people’ – means that resurrection is part of our life experience, part of who we are, part of what it means to be us.
Easter celebrates how Jesus dies and rises in each of us, in our personal lives, in family, church, parish, community.
It celebrates how Jesus dies and rises in our daily work, in our home life, in our relationships, in the joys and sorrows of the world.
In a world where so many people die in hopelessness, where people are poisoned by cynicism and defeated by disillusionment, yes, we are an Easter people.
We have a story to tell – the story of our risen Lord that should ring in the world’s ears! Have a blessed, a holy, and a life-long Easter. Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!
Rev. Fr. Alexander J. Kurien
(Fr Alexander Kurien is currently in the UK. He conducted Holy week services at the St.Thomas Indian Orthodox Church at Newcastle)
Fr. Alexander J. Kurien is a senior priest of the Indian Orthodox Church and a member of the Senior Executive Services (SES) of the United States Government in Washington, D.C.
He belongs to Kadackal House in Pallipad, near Haripad in Kerala.
Fr. Alexander leads a well-balanced spiritual and secular life.
In addition to the theological studies, he has completed Master of Business Administration in Finance, Master of Science in Strategic Planning, Chartered Financial Analyst, Fellow of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Counselor of Real Estate Valuation, Certified Business Valuer, and Member of the Appraisal Institute.
He has served as the Director of the Office of Strategic Planning at the United States Department of State in Washington D.C for 16 years. In September 2014, he was appointed as the Deputy Associate Administrator of the Office of Asset and Transportation Management within the Office of the Government-Wide Policy.
As the Deputy Associate Administrator, he was responsible for developing and implementing effective government-wide policies and guidance to processes for government assets policy.
He has over 33 years of multi-year long-range strategic planning, transactional, and consulting experience in international real estate with over $120 billion in real estate transactions and consulting in over 147 countries on five continents.
He is married to Anna (Ajitha) of Kallelil house, Karthikapally, and they have been blessed with three children: Alyssa, Natasha, and Elijah.
While priesthood called him to reveal God’s presence to others, he also knew that God always stood before and behind and beside him. Therefore, he has never acted alone and never relied entirely on his own attributes.