Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath elevated five parishes of 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.
St. Stephen Knanaya Catholic Parish in Hempstead, New York 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 28, 2015 by Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath during a concelebrated Holy Mass at St. Stephen’s with Auxiliary Bishop Mar Joy Alappatt and priests of the forane. Fr. Jose Tharackal became the forane vicar.
New York Forane Bible Fest was held at St. Stephen’s Church, New York on September 19, 2015. Archbishop Mar Mathew Moolakkatt and Vicar General Fr. Thomas Mulavanal were the chief guests.
The following parishes and missions come under this forane:
New York St. Stephen Knanaya Catholic Forane Parish
New Jersey, Christ the King Knanaya Catholic Parish, Carteret
Rockland, New York St. Mary’s Knanaya Catholic Parish
Connecticut, New York Holy Family Knanaya Catholic Mission
Westchester-Bronx, New York Knanaya Catholic Mission
Philadelphia St. John Neumann Knanaya Catholic Mission
Please click on the name of the mission or parish above, to see details of each mission or parish.
PRESENT PASTORS / MISSION DIRECTORS
Fr. Jose Tharackal (Forane Vicar), Fr. Bipy Tharayil, Fr. Bins Chethalil.