Parish Priests of the Syro Malabar Eparchy in Brisbane:
Fr Abraham Kazhunadiyil – St Thomas the Apostle Syro Malabar Church (including Syro Malabars in Springfield Parish)
Fr Saji Valiyaveettil – St Alphonsa Syro Malabar Parish (Northgate) [See Mass Times below]
Fr Varghese Vavolil – Syro Malabars Missions Ipswich and Gold Coast [See Mass Times below]
Fr Dalish Mathew – Holy Family Knanaya Mission Brisbane [Contact Fr Dalish for Mass Times]
(Subject to COVID-19 restrictions; contact parish)
Second and Fourth Sunday at 6:00 pm
St Brigid’s Church
39-39 McLaren Church, Nerang
Third Sunday at 6:00 pm
Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church
32A Robertson Road, Eastern Heights
Third Saturday at 6:30 pm
St Monica’s Chapel
St Augustine’s Drive, Augustine Heights
See also Archdiocese of Brisbane
The Syro Malabar Church is:
- One of the 23 Eastern Catholic Churches; based on membership, 2nd largest after the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
- Founded by St Thomas, one of the 12 Apostles when he reached India (Kerala) in 52 AD.
- Led by Cardinal George Alencherry, Syro Malabar Archbishop and Indian prelate of the Catholic Church based in Kerala, India
- Started from St Thomas the Apostle in the 15th century and on to Francis Xavier with the Portuguese missionaries
- There was division among the Latin churches in the 17th century; Syro Malabars was later approved to keep own identity and remain in communion with Rome
- 1930 – dissidents reunited with Catholic church and Syro Malankara Catholic church was established
- World statistics: membership of 5.1 million, 56 bishops, 9000 priests (53 from religious congregations); 35,000 sisters; primarily missionaries, most priests and bishops minister outside India
- Has liturgical connections with the other eastern churches, used Syriac rite until 60 years ago.
- In 2013 the Syro-Malabar Eparchy of St Thomas the Apostle was established in Australia; Bishop Bosco Puthur was appointed the first Bishop/Eparch in 2014.
St Alphonsa Catholic Community (Brisbane North) website: https://syromalabar.org.au/parishes-3/qld/brisbane/
St Thomas the Apostle Parish website: http://www.syromalabarbrisbanesouth.org.au/
Holy Family Knanaya Catholic Mission: https://syromalabar.org.au/holy-family-knanaya-catholic-mission-brisbane/
Syro-Malabar Catholic Church Australia website: http://syromalabar.org.au/
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