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Knanaya Missions in USA


When Knanaya Catholics migrated to the United States, they got organized for religious and cultural programs. Since they missed the Malayalam Syro-Malabar liturgy, Knanaya Catholic Associations had contacted His Excellency Mar Kuriakose Kunnacherry, the then bishop of Kottayam to send priests to offer spiritual services for our people. Because the Bishop of Kottayam has no ecclesiastical jurisdiction here, he encouraged our people to contact the Latin bishops of the locality also, to start Knanaya Missions under the Latin dioceses served by priests sent from the Diocese of Kottayam. Some of the Latin bishops were generous to honor our request to start Knanaya missions. This was continued until the establishment of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago on March 13, 2001 and inaugurated on July 1, 2001. The following are the nine missions in the order of the year of establishment that were in existence before the formation of the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago:

  1. Chicago (1983)
  2. Brooklyn, NY (1993)
  3. West Chester & Bronx, NY (1993)
  4. Houston (1994)
  5. Dallas (1996)
  6. Newark, New Jersey (1996)
  7. Rockland, NY (1996)
  8. Philadelphia (1999)
  9. San Jose (2000)

With the establishment of the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago, all the Knanaya Catholics and Knanaya Catholic Missions in the U.S. came under this diocese. His Excellency Mar Jacob Angadiath appointed Rev. Fr. Abraham Mutholath on October 3, 2001 as the Syncellus (Vicar General) of the Eparchy. His special charges in the diocese are over Catechism, Youth, Pious Associations, Vocations, Family Apostolate and Special Concerns of the Knanaya Catholic Community. Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath established St. Pius X Knanaya Catholic Mission in Los Angeles on March 17, 2002 and appointed Fr. Abraham Mutholath as the first mission director.


Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath established Knanaya Catholic Region in the diocese on April 28, 2006. Fr. Abraham Mutholath, the Vicar General of the diocese is appointed as the director of this region. This region consists of all the Knanaya Catholic missions, parishes, and all Knanaya Catholic faithful living within the boundary of the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago (all over the United States). Hence, the Vicar General for the Knanaya Catholics shall be the proper pastor of all the Knanaya Catholics in this diocese that do not belong to a Knanaya Catholic mission or parish.  All the pastoral activities of the Knanaya Catholics in the diocese are coordinated through the region director and vicar general assigned for the Knanaya Catholics.

Fr. Abraham Mutholath motivated the Knanaya Catholics all over United States to establish new Knanaya missions and to buy churches for the missions so that they can grow as parishes. At the request of Mar Jacob Angadiath, His Grace Mar Mathew Moolakkatt has been generous to send more Knanaya priests from the Archeparchy of Kottayam to serve the Knanaya Missions in the United States. At present we have 10 parishes (11 churches) and 10 missions in the region served by 14 priests from the Archdiocese of Kottayam. We are in the process of establishing more missions and parishes.


  1. Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Parish, Chicago
  2. St. Mary’s Knanaya Catholic Parish, Chicago
  3. Knanaya Syro-Malabar Mission of Brooklyn, New York
  4. Knanaya Syro-Malabar Mission of Westchester and Bronx
  5. St. Mary’s Knanaya Catholic Parish, Houston
  6. Christ the King Knanaya Catholic Parish, Dallas
  7. Knanaya Syro-Malabar Mission of Newark, New Jersey
  8. Knanaya Syro-Malabar Mission of Rockland
  9. Knanaya Syro-Malabar Mission, Philadelphia
  10. St. Mary’s Knanaya Syro-malabar Parish, San Jose
  11. St. Pius X Knanaya Syro-malabar Parish, Los Angeles
  12. St. Jude Knanaya Catholic Mission of South Florida (Miami)
  13. Holy Family Knanaya Catholic Parish, Atlanta
  14. St. Mary’s Knanaya Catholic Parish, Detroit
  15. St. Stephen’s Knanaya Catholic Mission of Las Vegas
  16. Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Parish, Tampa
  17. St. Antony’s Knanaya Catholic Parish, San Antonio
  18. Knanaya Catholic Mission of Minnesota
  19. Knanaya Catholic Mission of Connecticut
  20. Blessed John Paul II Knanaya Catholic Mission, Sacramento


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