Phone: 0481-2563527, 2563812, 2300453 Fax: 0481-2563327

St. Mary’s Knanaya Catholic Forane Parish, Houston

VICAR: Very Rev. Fr. Saji Pinarkayil, Phone: 224 659 6586

Rev. Fr. Joseph Meledath arrived in Houston on November 27, 1994 to take care of pastoral needs of the Knanaya community in Houston and Dallas. Bishop Joseph Fiorenza of the Galveston-Houston diocese officially appointed Fr. Joseph Meledath as the mission director in 1996. Rev. Fr. Joseph Manappurath was appointed as the mission director on September 1, 1998.

Fr. James Cheruvil took charge as the director of this mission on January 1, 2007. Fr. Jose Illikunnumpurath arrived in Houston as the mission director on December 28, 2010. The Knanaya mission of Houston bought a new church on August 25, 2011 and consecrated on November 5, 2011 by His Excellency Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath. Archbishop Mar Mathew Moolakkatt celebranted the Holy Mass and Bishop Mar Joseph Pandarasseril was the homilist.

Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath appointed Fr. Jose Illikunnumpurath as the pastor of the parish. Fr. Mathew Meledath took charge as pastor on May 6, 2013. Fr. Saji Pinarkayil is the pastor of this parish from October 18, 2014. This Church is elevated as a Forane Church on March 15, 2015. This Parish serves around 490 families in Houston, Sugarland, Missouri city, Stafford and Southeastern part of Texas.