Welcome to St Thomas Church, Malad

St Thomad Orthodox Syrian Church, Malad

Member Login

Not a member yet? Sign Up!

Home

Welcome to the electronic home of St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Malad, Mumbai. We thank you for visiting and we hope that you have a wonderful time on our website.Our faith is 2000 years old and traces its roots to the day St. Thomas the Apostle arrived at the shores of the state of Kerala, in the southwest corner of India. On this website, we have attempted to share useful information on the tremendous amount of history, tradition and activities that have developed over the past 20 centuries.

THE MALANKARA ORTHODOX SYRIAN CHURCH

Catholicate of the East The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church was founded by St. Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, who came to India in A.D. 52.

At least from the fourth century the Indian Church entered into a close relationship with the Persian or East Syrian Church. From the Persians, the Indians inherited East Syrian language and liturgies and gradually came to be known as Syrian Christians.

In the sixteenth century Roman Catholic missionaries came to Kerala. They tried to unite the Syrian Christians to the Roman Catholic Church and this led to a split in the community. Those who accepted Catholicism are the present Syro-Malabar Catholics. Later Western Protestant missionaries came to Kerala and worked among Syrian Christians; That also created certain splits in the community.

In the seventeenth century the Church came to a relationship with the Antiochene Church which again caused splits. As a result of this relationship the Church received West Syrian liturgies and practices.

The Church entered into a new phase of its history by the establishment of the Catholicate in 1912.

At present the Church is using the West Syrian liturgy. The faith of the Church is that which was established by the three Ecumenical Councils of Nicea (A.D. 325), Constantinople (A.D. 381) and Ephesus (A.D. 431).

HISTORY OF ST.THOMAS ORTHODOX SYRIAN CHURCH, MALAD (W), MUMBAI

In the midst of the 20th century, like all other communities, there was an exodus of Orthodox Syrian Christians to the city of Mumbai. The only place of worship then in existence was at St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church, Dadar. It was inconvenient for people scattered around the Western Suburb of Mumbai (Vile-Parle to Virar) to travel all the way to Dadar to attend the Sunday Mass and for their other spiritual needs.

The first step towards having a place of worship for people residing in the Western Suburb of Mumbai was the Sunday school which was started in 1958 at Goregaon under the leadership of late Mr. P. K. Joshua and late Mr. M. K. Yohannan, followed by two separate prayer groups, a Christmas Carol group and a Youth League, which aroused the concern of people and persistently took up the issue with the Managing Committee and General Assembly of Dadar parish. In the year 1967, on getting approval for a separate service, the first Holy Qurbana was celebrated by Rev. Fr. C.V. John, then Vicar of Dadar Parish, at the school hall of St. Thomas Roman Catholic church, Goregaon East.

The monthly service continued till early 1970, yet the inherent desire of the members for a separate place of worship persisted. In the early 1970, an ad-hoc committee was formed consisting of following members to find a suitable place:

Late Shri C. Thomas (Vice President), Shri P. A. Ninan (Hon. Secretary), Shri P. C.

Mathai (Hon. Jt. Secretary), Late Shri K. K. Varghese (Hon. Treasurer) and members, Late Shri M. K. Yohannan, Shri K. G. Mathew, Shri C. K. Kunjummen, Shri C. S. Abraham, Shri P. O. Abraham, Shri K. C. Varghese, Shri N. George Philip, Shri S. Kutty, Shri V. T. Thomas, Shri V. L. Mathew, Shri Alexander Philipose, Shri A. C. Thomas, Shri M. K. Varghese, Shri L. Kunjachen.

Subsequently, Mr. M.M. Mathai was nominated as the Convenor. The committee put in vigorous effort and pursued the matter with Metropolitan of the Diocese outside Kerala, His Grace Dr. Mathews Mar Athanasius. The Metropolitan vide Kalpana No. 551/71 dated 28.12.1970 gave the concurrence towards formation of a new Parish and also appointed Rev. Fr. P. Philipose as its first Vicar.

After considerable efforts, the plot at Chincholi, S.V.Road, Malad (W) was purchased for constructing a church. The foundation stone was laid on 12.02.1972 by His Grace Dr. Mathews Mar Athanasius. After completion of the construction, the church was consecrated on 19.08.1973. With utmost priority, a parsonage in the same premises was also completed.

Having achieved the task of establishing a church, an English Medium School in honour of St. Mary was started in the year 1981. The foundation stone of the school building was laid by the Late Lamented Dr. Philipose Mar Theophilius.

Today our school is recognized as one of the most reputed schools in the locality and our students are excellent performers, both in academic and extracurricular activities. Present student’s strength is around 1540 with about 46 teaching and non-teaching staff. Every year many needy students are given freeship. Rev. Fr. A. M. Peter was the first Principal of our school.

As the years passed, the old Church building started deteriorating; in the year 1999 the members felt the necessity to reconstruct the church building and to have additional space for school development.

A Construction Committee was constituted and Shri K Abraham Baby was elected as the General Convenor. The new church was reconstructed and additional 4 floors were built on the existing school building. At the same time, the existing “Kurisumthotti” was also renovated along with erection of a “Kodimaram”.

The consecration ceremony of the new Church and ‘Kurisumthotti was done on 5th & 6th Feb. 2010 by then Catholicose Designate H. B. Paulose Mar Milithios, (H. H. Moran Mar Baselius Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicose of the East and Malankara Metropolitan) along with

H. G. Thomas Mar Athansios (of Chengannur Diocese),

H.G. Dr. Mathews Mar Sevarious (of Kandanad Diocese) and

our Diocesan Metropolitan H. G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos.

Presently our parish has strength of about 500 members. We are happy to announce that all our spiritual organizations viz, Prayer Meetings, Sunday school, MGOCSM, Youth Movement, Martha Mariyam Samajam and Elders fellowship are functioning effectively.

As a part of our social responsibilities, for many years, we were running a Charitable Dispensary. Presently, we have Dr. Mar Theophilius Charitable fund and every year, a fixed amount is bestowed to the needy people from all walks of life.

We were led by the following vicars through the years:

1)          Rev. Fr. Philipose (1971 – 1975)

2)          Rev. Fr. A. M. Peter (1976 – 1981)

3)          Rev. Fr. C. J. Punnose (1982 – May 1984)

4)          Rev. Fr. Mathew Abraham ( June 1994 – May 1987)

5)          Rev. Fr. Joseph Kalapurayil ( June 1987 – October 1989)

6)          Rev. Fr. Koshy Plamootil (November 1989)

7)          Rev. Fr. Thomas Varghese (January 1990 – October 1992)

8)          Rev. Fr. Abraham Joseph (Nov. 1992 – May 1996)

9)          Rev. Fr. Benjamin S. Philip – Asst. Vicar (June 1995 – May 1996)

10)   Rev. Fr.  T. A. Daniel (June 1996 – May 1999)

11)   Rev. Fr. Joshua John (June 1999 – May 2005)

12)   Rev. Fr.  M. S. Geevarghese (June 2005 – May 2008)

13)   Rev. Fr. Benjamin Stephen (October 2008 – May 2010)

14)     Rev. Fr. Jacob Thomas Karakkal (June 2008 to Sept. 2008 & June 2010   onwards)