St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago

St. Thomas Syro Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago

The St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Chicago is an Eastern Catholiceparchy for Syro-Malabar Catholics in the United States. It has jurisdiction over Syro-Malabar Catholics in the entire US. It is based in Chicago, Illinois. His Holiness Pope John Paul II established St. Thomas SyroMalabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago on March 13, 2001. Mar Jacob Angadiath was appointed as its first bishop and his Episcopal Ordination was held in Chicago, together with the inauguration of the diocese, on July 1, 2001.  On July 24, 2014, Pope Francis appointed Mar Joy Alappatt, Chicago as the Auxiliary Bishop of the diocese. Along with the establishment of the St. Thomas Syro Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago, the pastoral care of the Knanaya Catholic immigrants from the Archeparchy of Kottayam was also placed under the jurisdiction of this diocese. St. Thomas Syro Malabar Diocese has been making steady progress in various dimensions. Missions and parishes are increasing in numbers. Regular Sunday liturgical celebrations and Faith Formation program is provided for almost all the children, in all the cities where Syro-Malabar faithful are located. Now, all our communities whether parish or missions are vibrant in their liturgical celebrations, social and cultural festivities. The faithful are excited to keep their religious traditions or practices, cultural heritages and social involvement.

Diocese at a Glance

 Area of the Diocese

 All United States

 Total Population

 300 Million

 Total Catholic Population

 80 Million

 Syro Malabar Faithful in United States

 About 86,000

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