The Latin Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago appointed Fr. Philip Thodukayil as the director of Knanaya Catholic Mission on June 25, 1999. The previous director was Fr. Simon Edathiparambil.
Fr. Philip Thodukayil was the general convenor for the Episcopal Consecration of Mar Jacob Angadiath that was held in Chicago on July 1, 2001.
Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath reconstituted Knanaya Catholic Mission, Chicago as part of the Syro-Malabar diocese on October 29, 2003 extending its boundary to include all Knanaya Catholics living in the states of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. He also confirmed the appointment of Rev. Fr. Philip Thodukayil as the director of this mission. When he returned to Kottayam, Bishop Angadiath appointed Vicar General Fr. Abraham Mutholath also as the director of the mission on July 1, 2004.