The Syro-Malankara Catholic Church is one of the twenty-four rites of the Universal Catholic Church. It is an Eastern Catholic Church in full communion with the Holy See. It has a total of around 500,000 members. The Church is one of the Saint Thomas Christian churches centered in Kerala, India and was established by the Apostle, Saint Thomas in the 1st Century AD
The Syro-Malankara Catholic Church is a Major Archepiscopal Church, founded by The Servant of God, Mar Ivanios, and now headed by Moran Mor Baselios Cardinal Cleemis.
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The Malankara Catholic Mission of North America Inc., which was registered in 1984, now has an Exarchate that includes 14 churches/missions. His Excellency Dr. Philipos Mar Stephanos is the Bishop of the Exarchate in the U.S. and the Apostolic Visitator for Canada and Europe.
The St. Joseph's Syro Malankara Catholic Mission of British Columbia is one of the recent addition to the NA Exarchate with a number of families across the province and led spiritually by Rev. Fr. John (Daiju) Kuriakose.
The mission of the organization is to continue the plan of salvation definitively begun by God the Father in His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ and being fulfilled by the Holy Spirit. There by making this experience of salvation available to the community around through the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church by Evangelization. Moreover the organization aims at the integral development of the community. In order to serve this purpose, special emphasize is laid on three areas - Spiritual, Social and Cultural.
Spiritual: To help the church members to deepen their Christian faith and to live out their faith in their daily life. To guide and motivate the faithful to acquire a spiritual perspective and to develop Christian values of love, hope and charity. Thus, enable them to lead an effective and meaningful Christian life by developing appreciation for the sacraments of the Church, prayer and the word of God.
Social: To respond and to seek solutions to the social challenges through the organized activities approved by the Church and try to reach out to those in need. To plan and execute suitable programs for the progress and well being of the community. To engage the new immigrant families and international students to cope up with initial concerns and integrate them into the mainstream of the community.
Cultural : To foster liturgical training and development among the youth focused on Christian values. To promote celebrations that nourish Malankara Catholic and Kerala cultural and linguistic traditions. To develop an awareness towards the protection of the nature and environment.