Syro-Malankara Church erects diocese, appoints bishops

The new diocese is Parassala

By Matters India Reporter

New Delhi: The Syro-Malankara Church, the youngest among 23 Catholic rites in the world, on August 5 erected a new diocese and appointed four bishops.

This was announced by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, based on information received from the Apostolic Nunciature.

The new eparchy (diocese) is Parassala with Thomas Mar Eusebios Naickamparambil as its first bishop.

The Church, which has self-governing powers, has also appointed Philipose Mar Stephanos Thottathil as the bishop of Saint Mary Queen of Peace eparchy that is spread over the United States and Canada.

On the same day, Father George Kalayil was elected as the bishop of Puthur epachy and Father John Kochuthundil as the Curia bishop and Apostolic Visitator to Europe and Oceania.

The new diocese is based at Parassala, the southernmost town of Kerala in the Thiruvananthapuram district. It borders on Tamil Nadu.

Bishop-elect Naickamparampil is currently serving Syro-Malankara Catholics in the U.S. and Canada.

He heads the St. Mary Queen of Peace of the U.S. and Canada eparchy with base at Elmont, New York.

Auxiliary Bishop Philipose Stephanos Thattahil of Tiruvalla succeeds Bishop-elect Naickamparampil.

In July 2010, Pope Benedict XVI established the Elmont-based eparchy as an exarchate for the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in the United States. In December 2015, Pope Francis elevated the exarchate to the status of an eparchy and extended its territory to include Canada.

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2 thoughts on “Syro-Malankara Church erects diocese, appoints bishops

  1. The competitive tendency of the Syro-Malankara Church and the Syro-Malabar Church in establishing dioceses is to be seen as a wastage of the sevice of the personnel. The Hierarchy speaks about the unity in the church. Jesus prayed that the disciples may be united with one another. He commanded them to go and preach. Baptize those who believe. But what the two Syro Malabar and Malankara Churches are doing is not preaching the good news but running after the people to say not to go to any other Catholic Churches for service and sacraments but to come to the respective churches only just like the protestants come and take away the Catholics to their fold. At the same time the faithful in Kerala are going to other protestant denominations. No body to preach the word today. Hence after 2000 years of Christianity in India the prcentage did not increase but it is declining. Hence there will become one sheep and one shepherd if the bishops and priests are going after their faithful in this manner. Leave the faithful to their choice to choose any catholic church convenient for them to attend services. Where is the universality of the Catholic church? The ratioo of Bishops anf faithful will become 1:1.

  2. Instead of creating bishops and sending priests behind the faithful to tell them which church they should go for worship the priests can be send to preach the word of God to spread the message of Christ as he commanded to his disciples. Yhis parochial attitude which has crept in the two rites has cancerous tendencies and the faithful are leaving the two rites in Kerala in great numbers. Few decades ago Missionaries from these two rites were going to Missions outside Kerala and preached the Gospel among the non-christians and established several churches and religious institutions all over India. Today no one is sent to the missions by the two rites. They do not preach either. Now only Modi is preaching. Finally there will become “one sheep and one shepherd.”

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