St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago

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Eparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Chicago (Syro-Malabarese)
Eparchia Sancti Thomae Apostoli Chicagiensis Syrorum-Malabarensium
Country United States
Ecclesiastical province Eastern Catholic Eparchies Immediately Subject to the Holy See
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
Parishes 18
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

The St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago is an Eastern Catholic eparchy for Syro-Malabar Catholics in the United States. The Diocese, established in 2001, is the only eparchy of the Syro-Malabar Church outside India, and it has jurisdiction over Syro-Malabar Catholics in the entire US. It is based in Chicago, Illinois.


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 diocese'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]


  • Ontario

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