Sacred Heart Malankara Catholic Church, Mylapra

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Coordinates: 9°15′49″N 76°47′55″E / 9.26361°N 76.79861°E / 9.26361; 76.79861

S H Church, Mylapra
തിരുഹൃദയ മലങ്കര സുറിയാനി
കത്തോലിക്കാ പള്ളി, മൈലപ്ര
Country  India
Denomination Syro-Malankara Catholic Church
Website The Official Website
History
Founder(s) Rev. Fr. A G Abraham Thengumtharamedayil
Architecture
Style Indian-NeoGothic
Administration
Parish Mylapra
Diocese Pathanamthitta
Division Ranni-Perunadu
Clergy
Bishop(s) His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Yoohanon Mar Chrysostom
Vicar(s) Rev. Fr. John Thundiyath
Priest(s) Rev. Fr. Job Varghese

Sacred Heart Malankara Syrian Catholic Church or referred as S H Church is located in the village of Mylapra, near Pathanamthitta on the road side of the Main Eastern Highway in the Indian state of Kerala. It is home to one of the oldest Malankara Syrian Catholic group. This is the biggest and oldest established church in the Eparchy of Pathanamthitta. This church is the patron for the Educational Institutions namely, Mount Bethany EHSS and S H Higher Secondary School.

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Soon after the reunion movement in 1930 by Archbishop Geevarghese Mar Ivanios, about five families from mylapra reached thirumoolapuram and behold the Catholic Faith in the presence of Jacob Mar Theophilos.[1] They established a small chapel named St. George Malankara Catholic Church in Mylapra on June 9, 1932 with Rev.Fr. M.T Philipos (Kumbazha Achan) as the first Vicar. The history of the church took a diversion on January 19, 1936 when Rev.Fr. A G Abraham Thengumtharamedayil (Mylapra Achan) with a large group of followers(almost 100 families) embraced the Catholic Church. When the community grew up, it was essential to build a large church. So the construction began with the blessings of Archbishop Geevarghese Mar Ivanios. It was the diligent works of Rev.Fr. A G Abraham Thengumtharamedayil & Mr. K I Thomas Kalayil which made the ambiguous task possible. Thus one of the largest Church at that time was constructed on September 15, 1944. But the name changed to Sacred Heart Malankara Catholic Church, due to the request made by a German Family who was the main sponsors. Rev.Fr. A G Abraham Thengumtharamedayil was the first vicar of this church. Later the present church was reconstructed under the leadership of Rev.Fr. John G Vadakepuram & Mr. M T Thomas Mannil and elevated in the status of a Forane Church. This is a major eclectic powerhouse in the Eparchy of Pathanamthitta.[2][3]

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