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         To carry out such a task, the Church has always had the duty of scrutinizing the signs of the times and of interpreting them in the light of the Gospel. Thus, in language intelligible to each generation, she can respond to the perennial questions which men ask about this present life and the life to come, and about the relationship of the one to the other. We must therefore recognize and understand the world in which we live, its explanations, its longings, and it soften dramatic characteristics. (GAUDIUM  ET SPES).

The Eucharistic Congress in Munich at the beginning of 1960 was a pivotal event for the Syro-Malankara Catholic church in Germany. There came acrossproactive thoughts made by the German bishops in medical and nursing care for the aging generations of the Germans in the future. So the first young ladies from India (Kerala) came through the intervention of our late Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios and Bishop Zacharias Mar Athanasios to Germany. In 1963, the Syro-Malankara seminarians came to Königstein/Ts near Frankfurt for priestly formation. That was the beginning of the Syro-Malankara Catholics community in Germany. Later young women, Religious Sisters and Priests came to Germany. They were placed in different hospitals and parishes of Germany. They have been placed mainly in the cities of Bonn-Venusberg, Neuss, Krefeld, Ibben-buren, Heidelberg, Tübingen, Aachern and Emmendingen.
The Proper pastoral care for the malankara community was not regulated at that time.The people invited Priests who were in Rome for higher studies for getting Hl. Mass and other pastoral help. More over, in 1996 Rev. Fr  John Varghese Easwarankudyil was appointed by late Archbishop  and Catholicos Most Rev. Dr Cyril Mar Baselios to coordinate the pastoral care for the Syro- Malankara community in Germany as a part- time ministry. At the same time, he worked as Parochial Vicar in a German Catholic parish. Then the head of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church Archbishop Most Rev. Dr Cyril Mar Baselios tried his best to coordinate the Malankara community and have regular spiritual activities. His attempt was to bring together the different groups from different locations in Germany and that was successful.
From the beginning of the growth, we are blessed with the Pastoral and Apostolic care from Bishops. Our late Catholicos Most Rev. Dr Cyril Mar Baselios blessed the community with his Prayers and interventions. From 2001-2003 Bishop Dr Isaac Mar Cleemis (Our Cardinal) was the first Apostolic Visitor and Administrator of the Syro- Malankara Community in North America and Europe. From 2005 -2010 Bishop Dr Joseph Mar Thomas became the Apostolic Visitor and Administrator of North America and Europe with primary residence in New York, America. Now we are blessed with Bishop Dr Thomas Mar Eusebius as our Apostolic Visitor and Administrator.
As mentioned earlier, in 1996 Fr  John Varghese Easwarankudyil has been appointed to coordinate the pastoral care for the Syro- Malankara community in Germany. He coordinated the faithful in different centers and offered his Pastoral care.
In 2006, Rev. Dr Vijayanth OIC was appointed as the coordinator in Germany. He also offered his marvelous service for the pastoral care of the Malankarites.
In 2007, negotiations were made with the German Bishops’ Conference and accordingly with the great help and support, Syro-Malankara Priests were appointed for the pastoral care of the Syro- Malankara Community in Germany. In September 2007, the Diocese of Mainz granted (organized by the German Bishops’ Conference) a scholarship for a Malankara priest to study in Germany and it was granted by the German Bishop’s Conference with a condition that the priest should continue the pastoral care for the Syro-Malankara Community in Germany. In April 2007 the Holy Synod of the Syro-Malankara church appointed Rev. Fr Santhosh Thomas Koickal (Diocese of Pathanamthitta) as ecclesiastical coordinator for the Syro- Malankara Community. So, in August 2007 he came to Germany and is doing still the pastoral care of the malankarites in Germany. He is staying in Frankfurt and is helping the Apostolic Visitor Bishop Dr Thomas Mar Eusebius for the pastoral care of the Syro Malankara Catholic Community throughout Germany.
From October 2007, there is monthly Eucharistic Prayers & Holy Masses according to the Syro-Malankara liturgy in all five centers in Germany as well as the places where the Religious sisters are located. There is Family Prayer gathering in every communities once in a month. There are retreats for the people during the Lenten seasons. Every year Pilgrim tours are organized to different Pilger centers. We are celebrating the Reunion in the presence of our Malankara Bishops every year and all Malankarites gather in one centre during that time. From October 2007, the regular liturgical services of the Syro-Malankara communities are held in the Sacred Heart Church in Frankfurt-Eckenheim, Holy Spirit Church in Bonn-Venusberg, University Clinic Chapel in Heidelberg, Liebfrauen Church in Mainz, St.Johannes Church in Krefeld, St Laurentius Church in Wanne-Eickel, Sacred Heart Church in Herne and St Elizabeth Church in Castrop-Rauxel near Dortmund. With effect from 01 September 2009, H.E. Cardinal Joachim Meisner, Archbishop of Cologne specially appointed Fr  Santhosh Thomas (Koickal) for the pastoral care of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Community in the Archdiocese of Cologne.  That was according to the “Instructio de Pastorali migratorum Cura” from 08.22.1969 and in consultation with the German Bishops Conference and also the Head & Father of our Malankara Church. From January 1, 2012 Most Rev.Dr.Franz-Peter Tebartzvan Elst, the Bishop of Limburg, included and in corporated the Malankara Community  according to the ‘’missio sine curaanimarum’’  for the other native language  speaking communities in the diocese of Limburg, in the newly constructed Pastoralraum  “Frankfurt-Nordost”.
All our five centers are constituted with a parish council.
Besides, we have a Pastoral Council for all Germany, who is supporting & helping our chaplain & coordinator for doing the pastoral care of the Faithful here in Germany. The Pastoral Council consists of 32 members. They are: Secretary and Treasurer of each parish council, two delegates from each center elected specially, represantives of all three Religious congregations, represantives of MCA, MCYM, Mathrusangam, Auditor and finally the two synodal commission members.
With the great support of the German Bishops’ Conference and Local communities, five centers have been established in Germany for the Syro-Malankara Catholics. Each one is constituted with a Parish Council. There are about 300 Malankara families living in Germany.The five centers are:
1. Bonn / Cologne (St.Thomas Syro-Malankara community) -
    Mechernich / Leichlingen / Zweibruecken
2. Frankfurt / Mainz (St.Joseph Syro-Malankara community ) -
    Wiesbaden / Limburg / Hanau / Offenbach / Fulda
3. Heidelberg / Stuttgart (St.Peter and Paul Syro-Malankara community)
    Mannheim / Stuttgart/Horb/Baden Baden / Karlsruhe / Eichstätt / Tübingen/  
4. Herne / Dortmund (St. John Chrysostom Syro-Malankara community) -
    Bochum /Essen/ Münster / Recklinghausen / Berlin / Osnabrück/Berlin
5. Krefeld / Dusseldorf (St.Mary’s Syro-Malankara Community) -
    Mönchengladbach / Neuss / Viersen / Duisburg / Hilden
About 20 Diocesan Priests and 12 Bethanien Priests  from the Malankara Catholic Church are serving the German Church in different German dioceses.They are in the diocese of Muenster, Archdioces of Koeln,dioces of Aachen, Limburg. Rottenburg, Augsburg, Regensburg, Passau. Timely the Priests are also helping the Ecclesiastical Coordinator for the Pastoral care of the Malankarites in different centers.
About hundred Religious Sisters of the Syro-Malankara Church are serving in various charitable institutions of the German church. They belong to the Bethany (SIC), the Daughters of Mary DM) and the Holy Spirit (OSS) congregations.
The list of places where the sisters are established: 1. Stuttgart, 2. Mannheim,  3. Buchen Waldhausen, 4. Recklinghausen, 5. Neckarsulm, 6. Deggeingen, 7. Stadtlohn,  8. Duelmen –Rorup, 9. Muehlacker, 10. Zweibruecken, 11. Dortmund, 12. Peißenberg, 13. Nesselwang, 14. Neusaess, 15. Koenigstein-Mammolshain, 16. Frankfurt am Main 17. Duesseldorf, 18.  Neckarsulm, 19. Augusburg,  20. Horb und 21.  Ulm  
50 the Year of the Migration of the Syro Malankara Catholics in Germany was celebrated in the year 2014 in Krefeld in accordance with the celebration of the Reunion.
Apostolic Visitor    :     H. E. Most Rev. Dr Thomas Mar Eusebius
        Exarchial Chancery
        1500 De Paul Street, Elmont, NY 11003, USA
        Tel: 516-233-1656; +1 516 305 0003;
        +1 516 858 0191
Co ordinator    :     Rev. Fr Santhosh Thomas
        Kolleg Sankt Georgen Offenbacher Landstr.224,
        60599 Frankfurt (M)
        Tel: 069- 6061 976 and 0176-24883444
I. Die Neue Pastoral Council / Central Committee (2012-2014)
    Patron        :     H.B. Moran Mor Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos
    Chairman    :     H.E. Most Rev. Dr Thomas Mar Eusebios,
    Bischof der Syro-Malankara Exarchate N.America und  Ap.Visitator & Administrator in Europe & Canada
    President    :     Rev. Fr Santhosh Thomas Koickal, Ecclesiastical Co-ordinator & Chaplain
    Elected Members (Central Committee Office Bearers)
    Vice Presidents    :     Jose Ponmelil  (Frankfurt/Mainz  Mission)
                               :     Gracy Varughese (Bonn/Köln Mission)
    Secretary             :     Rajamony Isaac (Heidelberg/Stuttgart Mission)
    Joint Secretary     :     Jasmine Uzhathil  (Krefeld Mission)
    Treasurer              :    John Mathew (Frankfurt/Mainz Mission)
    Joint Treasurer      :     Paul Markes (Krefeld Mission)
    MCA                    :     Mathew Cheruthottunkal (Herne/Dortmund Mission)
    Mathrusangam      :     Aleyamma Isaac (Heidelberg/Stuttgart Mission)
    MCYM                  :     Anup Mundethu (Frankfurt/Mainz Mission)
    Auditor                 :     Georgekutty Kochethu (Krefeld Mission)
                               :     Peter Nediyamannil (Bonn/Köln Mission)
                               :     Rosamma Thomas Mathew
                                                       (Heidelberg/Stuttgart Mission)
    Other office bearers from different Missions ( Secretaries & Treasurers)
        :    George Mundethu (Secretary, Frankfurt)
        :    Koshy Thottathil (Treasurer, Frankfurt)
        :    Karnasseril Varughese (Secretary, Bonn/Köln)
        :    Mathew Varghese (Treasurer, Bonn/Köln)
        :    George Varghese Ottathengil (Secretary, Herne/Dortmund)
        :    Cheruthottunkel Mathew (Treasurer,Herne/Dortmund)
        :    Aleyamma Isaac (Secretary, Heidelberg/Stuttgart)
        :    Varughese Charivuparampil (Treasurer, Heidelberg/Stuttgart)
        :    Dennis Varghese Ottathengil (Dortmund/Herne, Mission)
        :    Varghese Uzhathil (Secretary, Krefeld)
        :    Georgekutty Kochethu (Treasurer, Krefeld)
    Nominated Members     
        :    Jacob Mathew (Mission Units)
        :    Rev. Sr Mercy OSS
        :    Rev. Sr Pushpa OSS
        :    Rev. Sr Francita DM
        :    Rev. Sr Arpitha DM
        :    Rev. Sr Udaya SIC
    Synodal Commission Members
        :    Rev. SrTelma SIC (Mannheim)
        :    George Mundethu (Frankfurt)


1. Bonn / Köln
    Heilig-Geist Kirche, Kiefernweg 22, 53127 Bonn, Germany
    Holy Qurbono     :     16:00hr every first Sunday in the month
    Chaplain            :     Rev. Fr  Santhosh Thomas Koickal
    Parish Committee
    Secretary    :    Karnasseril Varughese
    Treasurer     :    Mathew Varghese
Committee Members:
                01. Thankachen T.G.
                02. Chandy Philip
                03. Peedikayil Varghese
                04. Jennifer Karnasseril
                05. Jobin Philipose
                06. Jacob Mathew
                07. Manoj Varughese
     Cetral Board members:
                01.Peter Nediyamannil
                02.Gracy Varghese

2. Frankfurt/Mainz
a) St.Elisabeth Kirche,
    Kurfuerstenplatz 29, 60486 Frankfurt(M), Germany
    Holy Qurbono :  16:00hr every fourth Sunday in the month
    Chaplain : Rev. Fr  Santhosh Thomas Koickal
b)  Liebfrauen Kirche,
    Mosel Str.30, 55118 Mainz, Germany
    Holy Qurbono     :  16:00hr  Second Saturday in every two months
    Chaplain     :     Rev. Fr  Santhosh Thomas Koickal
    Parish Committee                                               
        Secretary    :    Mr George Mundethu        
        Treasurer    :    Mr Kozhy Thottathil
    Committee Members    :    Mr Anup Mundethu
            :    Ms Sosamma Kanjirathamannil
            :    Mr Philip Thottathil
            :    Mr S.Wilson
            :    Mr Mathai Kunjukutty
    Central Board members    :    Mr John Mathew
            :    Mr Joseph Ponmelil
    Auditor    :    Mr Stephan Mani

3. Heidelberg/Stuttgart
    Alte Klinikkapelle,
    Hospital Str.34, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany
    Holy Qurbono     :      15:30hr every second Sunday in the month
    Chaplain            :     Rev. Fr  Santhosh Thomas koickal
    Parish Committee  
        Secretary    :    Ms Aleyamma Isaac
        Treasurer     :    Mr Varughese Charivuparampil
    Committee Members       :    Ms Elsy Sander
                                         :    Ms Sabine Pulipra
                                         :    Ms Anu Chundamannil
                                         :    Rev. Sr Rabecca SIC
                                         :    Rev. Sr Joan SIC
     Cetral Board members    :    Mr Isaac Rajamony
                                         :    Ms Rosamma Thomas Mathew

4. Herne/Dortmund
    a) St.Elisabeth Kirche,
        Bochumerstr.92, 44575, Castrop-Rauxel, Germany
        Holy Qurbono :  16:00hr every third Sunday in the month
        Chaplain : Rev. Fr  Santhosh Thomas Koickal

    b)  St Laurentius Kirche,
        Hauptstr.317, 44649 Wanne-Eickel, Germany

c)     Herz-Jesu Kirche,
        Altenhoefenerstr.31, 446223 Herne, Germany
    Parish Committee  
        Secretary    :    Mr George Varghese Ottathengil
        Treasurer    :    Mr Mathew Cheruthottunkel
    Committee Members    :  Mr Eapen Panamoottil
                                      :  Ms Saramma Mathew
                                      :  Mr Jens George Varghese Ottathengil
                                      :  Ms Sosamma Oommen
                                      :  Mr Sven Vallonthara
     Central Board members    :    Dennis Varghese Ottathengil
                                           :    Valsamma Vallontharayil

5. Krefeld
    St. Johannes Kirche,
    Johannesplatz 40, 47805 Krefeld, Germany
    Holy Qurbono :  16:00hr every first Saturday in the month
    Chaplain : Rev. Fr  Santhosh Thomas Koickal
    Parish Committee  
        Secretary    :    Varghese Uzhathil
        Treasurer    :    Georgekutty Kochethu
    Committee Members:
                01. Philip Vattasseril
                02. Thankamma Varghese
                03. Sojan Samuel
                04.  Ammini Mathew
                05. Rev. Sr Pushpa OSS
    Cetral Board members:
                01. Paul Markes
                02. Jasmin Uzhathil.


Apostolic Visitor    :     H. E. Most Rev. Dr Thomas Mar Eusebius
        Exarchial Chancery
        1500 De Paul Street, Elmont, NY 11003, USA
        Tel: 516-233-1656; +1 516 305 0003
        Fax: 516-616-0727  
In-charge    :    Rev. Fr Thomas Kuruvilla OIC
        Katholisches Pfarramt Herz Jesus, Oerlikon,
        Schwamendingenstrassse 55, 8050 Zuerich,

       Switzerland, Tel: 0041-44-3156563