Knanaya Catholics living in and around the city of Morton Grove in Chicago bought a Jewish Synagogue on January 14, 2010 and converted it as a Catholic Church. This St. Mary’s Church is the second Church of Knanaya Catholics in Chicago.
His Excellency Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath held the consecration of this church on July 18, 2010. His Grace Mar Mathew Moolakkatt, Archbishop of Kottayam was the main celebrant of the Mass offered in this Church on the consecration day and His Ex. Mar Joseph Pandarasseril, the Auxiliary Bishop of Kottayam gave homily during the Holy Mass. Rev. Fr. Abraham Mutholath is appointed as the pastor of this new Parish.
A Convent of the Visitation Congregation is blessed on July 18, 2010 near to the Church in Morton Grove (at 7801 W. Maple St., in Morton Grove). Three sisters of the Visitation congregation live in this convent and help with the pastoral ministry of the St. Mary’s Knanaya Catholic Parishes in Chicago.
This parish established a Knanaya Cemetery adjacent to the Mary Hill cemetery, Niles. Rev. Fr. Thomas Mulavanal (Vicar General and Director of Knanaya Region) is appointed as the pastor of this Church and Fr. Suni Padinjarekkara serves as the associate pastor since October 18, 2014. Fr. Joseph Thomas Chirapurathu is appointed as associate pastor with effect from December 20th, 2015. Fr. Boban Vattampurath is appointed as associate pastor on August 21, 2016. This parish comprises of Knanaya Catholics living to the North of 90 Express Way in the state of Illinois and in the state of Wisconsin. The parish serves around 800 families.
Three sisters of the Visitation Congregation arrived in Chicago for supporting the pastoral activities of St. Mary’s Knanaya Catholic Church, Morton Grove, and Sacred Heart Forane Church, Maywood in 2010. They brought a house in Morton Grove on July 18, 2010 at 7801 W. Maple St., in Morton Grove, IL 60053.
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