Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Melbourne

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Eparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Melbourne (Syro-Malabar)
Location
Country Australia
Information
Sui iuris church Syro-Malabar Catholic Church
Rite East Syrian Rite
Established 11 January 2014
Cathedral St. Alphonsa Cathedral
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Eparch Mar Bosco Puthur

The St. Thomas the Apostle Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Melbourne is an eparchy (Eastern Catholic diocese) of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church sui iuris in Australia. The eparchy, established in 2014, is the second eparchy of the Syro-Malabar Church outside India, after the Eparchy of Chicago, and it has jurisdiction over Syro-Malabar Catholics in the entirety of Australia.[1]

It is not part of any ecclesiastical province, but immediately subject to the Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly and depends on the Roman Congregation for the Oriental Churches.

Its ordinary is also appointed permanent Apostolic Visitator for the Syro-Malabar Catholics in New Zealand, where they have no proper jurisdiction.

Its future cathedral episcopal see is the Cathedral of St. Alphonsa in Melbourne, Victoria.

History[edit]

The eparchy was established on 2013.12.23 as Diocese (without previous missionary stage) of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Melbourne, on Australian territory previously without jurisdiction of the Syro-Malabar rite.

Statistics[edit]

As per 2014, it pastorally served 50,000 Catholics with 17 priests (5 diocesan, 12 religious), 12 lay religious (brothers).

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Eparchs (Bishops)

The first and current bishop of the eparchy is Mar Bosco Puthur, appointed by Pope Francis in 2014, [2] born in India 1946.05.28, ordained Priest 1971.03.27, consecrated Bishop 2010.02.13; previously Titular Bishop of Foratiana (2010.01.18 – 2013.12.23) as Bishop of Curia of the Syro-Malabars (2010.01.18 – 2013.12.23) permanent Apostolic Visitator to .

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