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Right from the establishment of Bethany Ashram, she took interest in print media. The founder of the congregation, Fr. P.T Geevarghese (Servant of God Mar Ivanios) took step to start a printing press at Thiruvalla in 1926 and many books were published from there to rekindle the faith and sacramental life of the faithful.

Mar Ivanios himself wrote 33 books. These books cover different subjects like religious life, Church history, Church Renewal, liturgical life and Sacraments. The autobiography of Mar Ivanios (Girideepam- 1924) was written even before the Reunion. Translation of liturgical books by the early members of Ashram was a great contribution to the Church. Rev. Fr. Abraham Padinjaremannil OIC and Rev. Fr. Paul Thekkekkara OIC were the main contributors.

Later under Bethany Generalate a printing press was established at Kottayam in 1980 and there started a new venture called ‘Bethany Publications’ under the leadership of the then Publishing Committee Convener Rev. Fr. Placid OIC. The first was to re-print the books of our founder. “Book-a-month programme” had been successfully run by Bethany Publications. A good number of our members got opportunities to publish their books under the banner of Bethany Publications. So far Bethany Publications has published 154 books on different subjects. Some audio CDs also were released from Bethany Publications. The translation of Girideepam into Tamil and Kannada is a great achievement of Bethany Publications. Bethany Publication had given awards for the best book published by Bethany Publications, best parish librarian award and best article award for Sunday school students.

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