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

St. Mary’s Knanaya Catholic Forane Parish, San Jose, CA

VICAR: Very Rev. Fr. Mathew Meledath, Phone: 248 820 1190

Mar Kuriakose Kunnachery, Bishop of Kottayam sent Fr. Dominic Madathikalathil to start a Knanaya Mission in San Jose. Fr. Dominic Joseph arrived at San Jose on July 1, 2000 and served as Parochial Vicar at St. Frances Cabrini Church in addition to his appointment as the Knanaya mission director of San Jose. Rev. Fr. John Chennakuzhiyil took charge as its mission director on September 27, 2008. Rev. Msgr. Jacob Vellian became the director on October 11, 2009. When he retired from his ministry on May 1, 2010, Fr. Stany Edathiparambil took charge as the mission director on July 1, 2010.

This parish bought a church at 324 Gloria Ave, San Jose, CA 95127. His Excellency Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath consecrated this church on March 24, 2012 in the presence of His Excellency Bishop Mar Joseph Pandarasseril, the Auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Kottayam. Bishop Angadiath appointed Rev. Fr. Stany Edathiparambil as its fi rst pastor of this newly elevated parish. Fr. Jose Illikunnumpurath was pastor from May 6, 2013. Fr. Pathrose Champakkara is the present pastor from October 18, 2014. Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath elevated this parish as Forane Church in California and is offi cially inaugurated as Forane Church by Msgr. Thomas Mulavanal, Vicar General and director of Knanaya Region on April 19, 2015. The parish has 187 Knanaya Catholic Families in Northern California.

Priests residence is at 37588 Freemont Blvd, Freemont, CA 94536