St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Chicago

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Eparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Chicago (Syro-Malabarese)
Eparchia Sancti Thomae Apostoli Chicagiensis Syrorum-Malabarensium
Location
Country United States
Ecclesiastical province Eastern Catholic Eparchies Immediately Subject to the Holy See
Statistics
Population
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
86,000
Parishes 18
Information
Denomination Syro-Malabar Catholic Church
Rite East Syrian Rite
Established March 13, 2001 (13 years ago)
Cathedral Mar Thoma Shleeha Cathedral
Current leadership
Eparch Jacob Angadiath
Auxiliary Bishops Joy Alappat
Website
www.stthomasdiocese.org

The St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Chicago is an Eastern Catholic eparchy for Syro-Malabar Catholics in the United States. The eparchy, established in 2001, is one of the two eparchies of the Syro-Malabar Church outside India (other is Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Melbourne), and it has jurisdiction over Syro-Malabar Catholics in the entire US. It is based in Chicago, Illinois.

Bishop[edit]

The first and current bishop of the eparchy is Mar Jacob Angadiath, appointed by Pope John Paul II in 2001.[1] He is also the permanent Apostolic Visitator to Syro-Malabar Catholics in Canada.

Parishes and missions[edit]

The eparchy's cathedral can be found in Chicago, Illinois. The Mar Thoma Shleeha Cathedral (Saint Thomas the Apostle Cathedral) is a parish with almost 1000 families and is seat to the bishop. Their cathedral church was dedicated on July 5, 2008.

There are an estimated 100,000 Indian Catholics following this rite in the U.S. and Canada. Some of the parishes and missions are dedicated to the pastoral care of faithful of the Knanaya ethnic group, under the pastoral guidance of Knanaya priests. The diocese includes 18 parishes and 43 missions. Congregations are located in the following states and provinces:

United States[edit]

Canada[edit]

  • Ontario

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Coordinates: 41°53′19″N 87°55′55″W / 41.88861°N 87.93194°W / 41.88861; -87.93194