Chicago Eparchy to New Heights

Chicago Eparchy to New Heights

Chicago Eparchy to New Heights

Chicago : The St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Chicago has accomplished a new milestone. Mar Jacob Angadiath, Syro-Malabar Bishop of Chicago, consecrated the 51st Church Building on September 6, 2021. The Our Lady of Perpetual Help church building, a newly built church, within the United States’ Capital, was consecrated and elevated as the 51st parish within the Eparchy. 

The Chicago Eparchy, in its 20th year of existence, under the leadership of Mar Jacob Angadiath, had remarkable growth in the spiritual realm as well. The Eparchy currently has 51 parishes and 33 mission centers within 14 Foranes. There are approximately 80,000 Syro-Malabar faithful and 20,000 families. 

There are more than 75 priests work for the Eparchy, including 5 priests who are raised in the United States by parents who immigrated from India. Currently, 7 Syro-Malabar Youths are in the seminary to become priests. The Eparchy also has approximately 10 convents with several nuns, that works exclusively for the Syro-Malabar faithful. More than 2,800 Sunday School teachers are teaching approximately 10,000 children from Pre-K to 12th grade. 

The Eparchy is also thankful to the Almighty God for having a vibrant youth community, that values and uphold the Syro-Malabar tradition, including active church participation, teaching Sunday School, Jesus Youth ministry, and other lay apostolates. The youth’s insistence on traditional Syro-Malabar marriages, including marrying fellow Syro-Malabar faithful is on the rise. 

Every parish in the Eparchy has English liturgies, for youth and non-Keralites, in addition to the Malayalam Holy Qurbana. It is also blessed to see third-generation children are coming to churches and participating in Holy Qurbana. The Eparchy thank St. Thomas the Apostle, their patron saint, and the blessed Mother for her protection, care, assistance throughout.