Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath elevated five parishes of the Knanaya Catholic Region as Forane parishes on February 28, 2015. They are Sacred Heart Church in Chicago, St. Mary’s Church in Houston, St. Stephen’s Church in New York, Sacred Heart Church in Tampa and St. Mary’s Church in San Jose.
Chicago Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Parish was declared as a Forane Parish of the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago on February 18, 2015, by Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath. The official establishment and inauguration of the forane was held on March 22, 2015 by Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath during a concelebrated Holy Mass at Sacred Heart Church with Bishop of Balthangady Mar Lawrance Mukkuzhy, Auxiliary Bishop Mar Joy Alappatt, and priests of the forane. Fr. Abraham Mutholath became the forane vicar.
The Chicago Forane Bible Fest was held at St. Mary’s Church on September 12, 2015. Archbishop Mar Mathew Moolakkatt and Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath were the chief guests. Chicago Forane organized a Youth Retreat by Kairos Team at Bishop Lane Retreat Center, Rockford from August 19-21, 2016.
The following parishes and missions come under this forane:
Chicago Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Parish
Chicago St. Mary’s Knanaya Catholic Parish
Detroit St. Mary’s Knanaya Catholic Parish
St. Paul Knanaya Catholic Mission, Minnesota
Please click on the name of the mission or parish above, to see details of each mission or parish.
PRESENT PASTORS / MISSION DIRECTORS
Fr. Abraham Mutholath (Chicago Sacred Heart), Fr. Thomas Mulavanal (Chicago St. Mary’s), Fr. Jemy Puthusseril (Detroit), Fr. Biju Pattasseril (Minnesota).