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 (17 years ago)
CathedralMar Thoma Shleeha Cathedral
Current leadership
EparchJacob Angadiath
Auxiliary BishopsJoy Alappat

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 three eparchies 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.

Syro-Malabar Church flag


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 SyroMalabar Cathedral, Chicago as the Auxiliary Bishop of St. Thomas SyroMalabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago on July 24, 2014.[2]

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 35 parishes and 43 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.

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