Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of St. Thomas of Chicago

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Eparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Chicago (Syro-Malabarese)

Eparchia Sancti Thomae Apostoli Chicagiensis Syrorum-Malabarensium
CountryUnited States
Ecclesiastical provinceEastern Catholic Eparchies Immediately Subject to the Holy See
- Catholics
(as of 2014)
DenominationSyro-Malabar Catholic Church
RiteEast Syriac Rite
EstablishedMarch 13, 2001 (18 years ago)
CathedralMar Thoma Sleeha Cathedral
Patron saintSaint Thomas the Apostle
Current leadership
PopeMar Papa Francis
Major ArchbishopMar George Cardinal Alencherry
BishopMar Jacob Angadiath
Auxiliary BishopsMar Joy Alappat

The St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy (Diocese) of Chicago is an Eastern Catholic eparchy (diocese) for Syro-Malabar Catholics in the United States. The eparchy (diocese) was erected by Pope John Paul II on 13 March 2001. It is one of the four eparchies (dioceses) of the Syro-Malabar Church outside India. It has jurisdiction over Syro-Malabar Catholics in the entire USA, including Knanaya Catholics in the US. The seat of the bishop is the Mar Thoma Sleeha Cathedral based in Chicago, Illinois. The first and current bishop of the eparchy (diocese) is Mar Jacob Angadiath, serving since July 2001. Mar Joy Alappat was installed as an auxiliary bishop since September 2014.


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. Pope Francis appointed Rev. Fr. Joy Alappatt, Pastor of Mar Thoma Sleeha Syro-Malabar Cathedral, Chicago as the Auxiliary Bishop of St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago on July 24, 2014.[2]


On May 5, 2018, Kevin Mundackal of Thornwood, New York, was ordained as the first ever American-born Syro-Malabar priest. Shortly after on June 2, 2018, Rajeev Valiyaveettil Philip of Tampa, Florida, was also ordained to the priesthood.[3]

Parishes and missions[edit]

The eparchy's cathedral can be found in Bellwood, 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 was dedicated on July 5, 2008.

There are an estimated 87,600 Syro-Malabar Catholics following this rite in the United States. Some of the parishes and missions are dedicated to the pastoral care of faithful of the Knanaya Catholics, under the pastoral guidance of Knanaya priests. The eparchy includes 42 parishes and 32 missions. Congregations are located in the following states and provinces:

United States[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Eparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Chicago (Syro-Malabarese)".
  2. ^ "Mar Joy Alappatt - Auxiliary Bishop - St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Diocese". Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  3. ^ Chicoine, Christie L. (August 2, 2018). "Thornwood Native Is First American-born Syro-Malabar Priest Ordained in U.S." Catholic New York. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  4. ^ "Holy Family Syro Malabar Catholic Church". Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  5. ^ "Syro-Malabar Mission Hartford CT". Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  6. ^ "Mar Thoma Shleeha". Mar Thoma Shleeha Cathedral. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  7. ^ "Our Lady of Health oasis of faith, tradition for Indian Catholics". AP (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal). November 27, 2004.

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