SYRO-MALABAR CATHOLIC MISSION,
“Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples…” (Mathew 28, 19)
I pursuance of the Lord’s exhorting the syro Malabar church pioneered in the proclamation of the gospel all over the world. The Chennai mission is one of the jewels in the crown of the church in this Endeavour. Established in 1983 and entrusted under the pastoral care of the irinjakakuda diocese, the Chennai mission has completed 25 years of glorious services for the syro Malabar community in Chennai and the society at large. Fulfilling the will of god. The Chennai mission has been in forefront of social and community services aimed at the overall development and upliftment of the downtrodden coupled with the spiritual and moral well being of its own faithful through its various activities.
The Chennai Syro-Malabar Mission was established in 1983 and it was entrusted to Mar James Pazhayattil, the Bishop of Irinjalakuda by the Syro-Malabar Bishop’s Conference. This Mission is founded on the teaching of ll Vatican Council that every individual Sui Juris churches should maintain their cultural and ecclesial identity as well as the liturgical and spiritual patrimony. Therefore the first and important task of this mission is to look after the pastoral needs of the Syro-Malabar Catholics in Chennai.
Rev. Fr. Jose Palatty was appointed as the first Chaplain by Most Rev. Dr. R. Arulappa, the then Archbishop of Madras – Mylapore on14th December 1983. Eventually more priests and religious were deputed for the pastoral ministry in the mission, subject to the jurisdictional facility in the limits of the Archdiocese of Madras – Mylapore and the diocese of Chingleput and Vellore. Now there are ten personal parishes and another 23 regular Sunday Mass Centers. At present there are around 5000 families in this mission in a span of 150km.
Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ,
India, a paragon of the rich blending and assimilation of kaleidoscopic cultural, social traditional lingual and ethnic groups nurturing wide ranging customs and religious practices offered a cozy alcove for Christianity to blossom and flourish under the awning of the apostolate of StThomas. Those who believed his word and got baptized were known as mar Thomas Christians. His life and mission in madras culminated in his martyrdom, but Christianity in Madras can trace its origin from the Ist century onwards leaving behind a prestigious and noble legacy. Know more abut mar Thomas Christians acknowledged as syro Malabar church in Chennai and understand that it is neither an ethnic group nor a linguistic fraction, but it is one of the autonomous churches in the catholic church. Many of the misunderstandings are perpetrated by some ignorant people.
This website is to spread the knowledge, news, information’s, events etc. to our people. The syro Malabar church in Chennai is flourishing day by day in the midst of trials and tribulations. We believe in word so our master “I am with you always to the close of the age” (mt.28.20) it is not the work of humans by it is the unbeatable power of the Holy spirit. I wish and pray that this website of syro Malabar church in Chennai will be of great use to impart right knowledge about the church and her mission and vision
Best wishes for the effective implementation of this website. My heartfelt thanks to one and all who have helped to realize it successfully.