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

Sacred Heart Malankara Syrian Catholic Church, Mylapra
തിരുഹൃദയ മലങ്കര സുറിയാനി
കത്തോലിക്കാ പള്ളി, മൈലപ്ര
Country  India
Denomination Syro-Malankara Catholic Church
Website shchurchmylapra.com
History
Founder(s) Rev. Fr. A G Abraham Thengumtharamedayil
Dedication Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Architecture
Status Parish Church
Functional status Active
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 29 families and 106 members. Rev.Fr. M.T Philipos (Kumbazha Achan) served as the first Vicar of the parish. The history of the Catholic Church in Mylapra took a diversion on January 19, 1936 when Rev.Fr. A G Abraham Thengumtharamedayil (Mylapra Achan) with a large group of more than 100 families embraced the Catholic Church before Archbishop Geevarghese Mar Ivanios, at a ceremony held in the mylapra school. When the community grew up, it was essential to build a large church. The foundation stone was laid by Archbishop Geevarghese Mar Ivanios on March 13, 1941. 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. After 58 yrs, in 2002, the parish vicar and the committee members decided to reconstruct the church due to the lack of space. The foundation stone was laid by Moran Mor Cyril Baselios Catholicos on January 12, 2003 and was reconstructed under the leadership of Rev.Fr. John G Vadakepuram & Mr. M T Thomas Mannil. The church was consecrated by Moran Mor Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos along with Joshua Mar Ignathios and Yoohanon Mar Chrysostom in a ceremony held on December 28 and 29, 2007. This is a major eclectic powerhouse in the Eparchy of Pathanamthitta.[2][3]

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