Syro Malabar Catholic Community

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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]

Mass Times
(Subject to COVID-19 restrictions; contact parish)

9:30 am – St John’s Church
688 Nudgee Road, Northgate

St Thomas the Apostle Parish
108 Middle Road, Hillcrest – see schedule

First Sunday at 6:00pm
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church

22 Old Toowoomba Rd, Leichhardt

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.

Additional Information:
St Alphonsa Catholic Community (Brisbane North) website:
St Thomas the Apostle Parish website:
Holy Family Knanaya Catholic Mission:
Syro-Malabar Catholic Church Australia website:




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