St.Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church Philadelphia

The St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a parish of the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago.


The story of the Syro Malabar community in Philadelphia started in 1983 when the Indian Catholic Mission was established with John Edappilly was the first Spiritual Director of the Mission. From there on, Holy Mass was started on a regular basis. Pious associations like Children's League and Youth League were formed. A warm reception was given to John Cardinal Krol on December 23, 1984.

On May 2, 1988 the Archdiocese of Philadelphia established three separate Missions for three rites of Indian Catholics. John Pullokaran succeeded Edappilly. On September 29, 1992, Paul Pottackal took charge of the Mission. In 1995, Walter Thelappilly became the Spiritual Director, followed by John Tharayil and Johnson Paliakara. In the beginning of 2002, Kuriakose Cheeran was appointed as Spiritual Director and continued until February 15, 2003 when Jacob Christy took charge as the Mission Director. This was the first appointment of a priest from the Diocese of Chicago by Mar Jacob Angadiath.


St. Thomas Syro Malabar Church Philadelphia is located on 608 Welsh Rd. Philadelphia, PA


St. Thomas Syro Malabar Catholic Church Philadelphia will be hosting a stage show featuring popular actors such as Kalabhavan Mani and Undapakru on May 31, 2008. Call 215-464-4008 if you are interested.

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* [ St.Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church Philadelphia]
* [ St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago]

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