United Kingdom

Website: www.malankaracatholicchurchuk.com
United Kingdom has a rich Christian history and heritage; it is the land of saints and martyrs notably St. Augustine of Canterbury, St. Bede, St. Thomas Moore, St. John Fisher, St. Cuthbert et al. During the nineteenth century hundreds of missionaries travelled from England to all corners of the globe to spread the Gospel and they were very successful witnesses of Christ. They managed to establish Christian faith through love and education. Today, sadly the nation that once stood as a lighthouse of true faith is suffering from great spiritual darkness. We, Syro - Malankara Catholics are in the midst of this situation and we have two roles to play as followers of Jesus Christ- firstly to sustain and grow in our Catholic faith and traditions by becoming faithful members of Malankara Syrian Catholic family and secondly to evangelise the non-practising Christian population of this great nation.
Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios - First Malankara Catholic Missionary
The Personal attendance of Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios to the Holy Eucharistic Congress held at Dublin, Ireland in the year 1932 marked the beginning of the current mission work of the Malankara Syrian Catholic Church in England and Ireland. It was an honour not only for the Malankara Catholic Church but for the Indian Church as a whole. As it was very much in the fresh context of the Reunion Movement, the other delegates received the discussions by Mar Ivanios on the newly re-united Church and its responsibilities in India with utmost curiosity and respect. (The speech delivered by Mar Ivanios is currently archived at the Public Library in Dublin). The talk delivered at the Conference by Mar Ivanios dwelled on introducing the ancient Indian culture and the Syriac liturgy of the East.
The Celebration of the first Holy Malankara Qurbono at the St. Francis Church, AG Gardiner Street in Dublin after the installation as a Metropolitan Bishop and receiving the Pallium from the Pope was a novel experience for many of the Bishops participating at the Conference.
Following the Conference, Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios was invited to England to attend at the Royal Banquet hosted by King George V where Mar Ivanios discussed at length on India and the cordial co-existence of the various religions in India.
Although, one can believe that nothing happens accidentally, it is evident from history that Mar Ivanios might have foreseen the today’s presence of the Malankara Syrian Catholic Church in England and Ireland. The work related migration of Keralites, particularly in the field of Nursing and IT to these countries experienced a significant increase towards the end of the 1990s. From the very onset of this increase in the influx of Keralites and particularly the presence of its members in various places encouraged the Church leadership to ensure that the Malankarites would have access to their rich liturgical patrimony and Church activities.
The migrated presence of the Catholic communities and their fervent leadership and interest at church’s activities in the Region have set an example for many of the European churches especially in the context of degeneration of faith and family values in the latter churches. At a time of decrease in the social and moral values wide spreading in Europe, the presence of the Malankara Syrian Catholic Church, and her mission activities are a beacon of hope for the young families in this region.
Malankara Syrian Catholic Church in United Kingdom
Syro-Malankara Catholic Church’s first Catholicos, late Major Archbishop Cyril Mar Baselios took the initiative and explored the possibility of serving Malankara Catholics in England. The strategic planning, decision-making and due diligence of the then Apostolic Visitators to America, Canada and Europe, Bishop Isaac Mar Cleemis and Bishop Joseph Mar Thomas were instrumental to lay the foundation of Malankara Church in UK and Ireland. Bishop Joseph Mar Thomas arrived in London on 4 July 2005 to celebrate his first Holy Mass and to commence the Mission works in this region. 
Notable contributions towards the success of initiating the Mission work in UK were also made successively by Rt. Rev. Geevarghese Mannikarot Corepiscopo, Rev. Fr. Gigi Philip Charivupurayidom, Rev. Fr. Louis Charuvila Puthenveedu and other visiting priests on various occasions.
In 2009, because of the strategic decisions, planning and leadership undertaken by Moran Mor Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos with the full support and cooperation from the England and Wales Bishop’s Conferences resulted in the appointment of a permanent Malankara Catholic priest to serve the Malankara Syrian Catholics in the region. The Brentwood diocese appointed Rev. Fr. Daniel Kulangara as the first Malankara Chaplain in July 2009 and he served here as National Coordinator and Special Pastor until December 2016. In June 2012, Rev. Fr. Thomas Madukamoottil was appointed as the Chaplain and His Excellency Most Rev. John Rawsthorne, Bishop of Hallam, appointed him as an assistant priest of the St. Marie’s Cathedral Church, Sheffield.
On 3 October 2009, Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Thomas, the Apostolic Visitator of Europe officially inaugurated the first Malankara Mission in London under the heavenly patronage of St. Joseph. Following this, Bishop in charge of the American Exarchate Most Rev. Dr. Thomas Mar Eusebius continued to give the Church strong leadership for its growth in the region as Apostolic Visitator.
In January 2017, Rev. Fr. Thomas Madukamoottil appointed as the Special Pastor and National Coordinator by the Episcopal Synod of the Syro - Malankara Catholic Church and His Excellency Bishop Alan, Bishop of Brentwood appointed him as the Syro-Malankara Catholic Chaplain and Parish Priest incharge of the St. John the Baptist Church, Ilford. 
In January 2017, Rev. Fr. Renjith Madathirampil was appointed as the Chaplain and His Excellency Bishop Mark, Bishop of Shrewsbury appointed him as the assistant priest of Our Lady and St. Christopher Church, Romiley. In 2017 October, Fr. John Alex Puthenveedu was appointed as the Chaplain and His Excellency Bishop Patrick, Bishop of Nottingham appointed him as the assistant priest of St. Bernabas Cathedral Church, Nottingham. On 2 May 2018, Moran Mor Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos appointed Rev. Fr. Johnson Mathew Manayil as the Chaplain of the Syro - Malankara Catholic Faithful in Scotland and Assistant Parish Priest in the Archdiocese of Glasgow.
Priests and Mission Centres Currently, Rev. Fr. Thomas Madukamoottil, Special Pastor and Coordinator (Diocese of Brentwood) Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Madathirampil, Chaplain (Diocese of Shrewsbury), Rev. Fr. John Alex Puthenveedu, Chaplain (Diocese of Nottingham) and Rev. Fr. Johnson Mathew Manayil, Chaplain (Archdiocese of Glasgow) are serving as resident Chaplains in London, Manchester, Nottingham and Scotland respectively. Until now fourteen Mission centres have been formed in UK. The Mission centres are located in following places: East London, Croydon, West London, Luton, Ashford, Southampton, Bristol, Gloucester, Coventry, Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Nottingham and Glasgow. 
National Conventions
The annual convention, which is an opportunity for the Syro - Malankara Catholic families to convene together, has been a significant boost for the growth and coordination of the Church in the region. At these conventions, pastoral visits by His Beatitude Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos and other bishops have encouraged the faithful to strengthen their relationship with the Church. To date, five conventions have been convened at six different places in England. 
1. Coventry- 2011 2. Manchester-2012
3. London- 2013 4. Bristol-2014
5. Sheffield-Nottingham-2015 6. Liverpool-2017
The pastoral visits by Archbishop Thomas Mar Koorilos, Bishop Joseph Mar Thomas, Bishop Thomas Mar Eusebius, Bishop Joshua Mar Ignathios, Bishop Yoohanon Mar Chrysostom, Bishop Abraham Mar Julios and Bishop Vincent Mar Paulos have boosted up the paternal love and care of the Synod to the Malankarites in the UK.
St. Anne’s Church- Mar Ivanios Centre, Dagenham- London
Syro - Malankara Catholic Church has its own Church in London for the liturgical services and provided by the diocese of Brentwood by the lease base. We are much indebted and grateful to His Excellency Bishop Alan Williams and to the diocese of Brentwood for benevolently apportioning St. Anne’s Church for the sole use of the Syro - Malankara Catholic Church, UK.
His Excellency Bishop Yoohanon Mar Theodosius, Apostolic Visitator
On 5 August 2017, The Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Rt. Rev. Msgr. Dr. John Kochuthundil as Apostolic Visitator for Syro-Malankara Catholic faithful resident in Europe and in Oceania, bishop of the Major Archiepiscopal Curia of the Syro- Malankara Catholic Church and titular bishop of Tuburbo Maggiore. Rt. Rev. Msgr. Dr. John Kochuthundil is ordained as Bishop Yoohanon Mar Theodosius on 21 September 2017. His Excellency made his first Pastoral Visit to UK and Ireland from March 27 to April 8, 2018.
Apostolic Visitator : Most Rev. Dr. Yoohanon Mar Theodosius
Catholicate Centre, Pattom, 
Trivandrum - 695 004, Kerala, India 
Tel: 0471 2558864 
             &
Catholic Bishop’s House,
Mudavoor P.O., Muvattupuzha-686 669
Tel: 0485-2812650
 
Special Pastor & Co-ordinator : Rev. Fr. Thomas Madukamoottil
                                                      St. John the Baptist Church
                                                      Ilford, Essex, United Kingdom IG13TS
                                                      Tel. 0044-7722116265
                                                      Email: frthomasanilm@gmail.com
 
Chaplains : Rev. Fr. Renjith Madathirampil
                    Our Lady and St. Christopher Church
                     52 Barrack Hill, Romiley, Stockport, United Kingdom SK6 3BA
                     Mobile: 0044-7714380575 
                     Email: renmadathirampil@gmail.com
                   : Rev. Fr. John Alex Puthenveedu
                      Cathedral House, North Circus Street, Nottingham NG1 5AE
                      Mobile: 0044-7588359639 
                      Email: kallethujohn84@gmail.com 
                   : Rev. Fr. Johnson Mathew Manayil
                     Holy Cross Church, 113 Dixon Avenue,
                     Glasgow G-42 8ER, Scotland, UK
                     Tel: 00447774845670 
I. Malankara Catholic Council of UK (2017-2018)
Patron : His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos
               Major Archbishop - Catholicos
Apostolic Visitator : His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Yoohanon Mar Theodosius
                                   Apostolic Visitator to Europe and Oceania 
President : Rev. Fr. Thomas Madukamoottil
                   Special Pastor and Coordinator
Chaplains : Rev. Fr. Renjith Madathirampil
                 : Rev. Fr. John Alex Puthenveedu
                 : Rev. Fr. Johnson Mathew Manayil
Vice-President : Mr. Joji Mathew
General Secretary : Mr. Johnson Joseph 
Joint Secretary : Mrs. Susheela Jacob
Treasurer : Mr. Christo Thomas
Legal Advisor : Mr. Christon Francis
II. Council Members
1. St. Andrew’s Mission, Glasgow : Mr. Kuriakose V. Chacko 
                                                       : Mr. Sooraj Babu
2. St. Anthony’s Mission, West London : Mr. Jobin Philip 
                                                               : Mr. Shobin Mathew Simon
3. St. Basil Mission, Liverpool : Mr. Sunil Philip 
                                                : Mr. Vinod Maliyil
4. St. George Mission, Luton : Mr. Rijo Mathews
                                               : Mr. Roy Thomas 
5. St. John’s Mission, Southampton : Mr.  Anto 
                                                         : Mr. Benny Varghese 
6. St. Joseph’s Mission, London : Mr. Joseph Puthenparambil
                                                    : Mr. Samkutty Samuel
7. St. Alphonsa Mission, Bristol : Mr. Joji Mathew
                                                   : Mr. Vinoy K. Mathew
8. St. Jude Mission, Coventry : Mr. Aneesh John
                                                : Mr. Jigi V. Jacob
9. St. Mary’s Mission Manchester : Mr. Raju Mathew 
                                                      : Mrs. Sushila Jacob
10. St. Paul’s Mission, Croydon : Mr. Kevin Thomas 
                                                    : Mr. Roy Mathew
11. St. Peter’s Mission, Sheffield : Mr. Christon Francis 
                                                     : Mr. Varughese Daniel
12. Sacred Heart Mission, Nottingham : Mr. Joseph Abraham 
                                                              : Mr. Roy George 
13. St. Therese of Lisieux Mission, Gloucester: Mr. Christo Thomas
                                                                          : Mr. Johny Pathrose
14. St. Thomas Mission Ashford : Mr. Jose K Varughese 
                                                    : Mr. Liju Chacko
III. Parishes and Missions 
Mission Centres
01. St. Thomas Mission, Ashford
Address: St. Theresa’s Church, Ashford, TN24 8TX 
Priest In charge: Rev. Fr. Thomas Madukamoottil 
Holy Mass and Catechism: Every 2nd Sunday of the month at 3pm
02. St. Alphonsa Mission, Bristol
Address: St. Maximilion RC Church, Alfoxton Road, Horfield, 
and Bristol, BS7 9NH
Priest In charge: Rev. Fr. John Alex Puthenveedu 
Holy Mass and Catechism: Every 3rd Saturday of the month at 10am
03. St. Jude Mission, Coventry
Address: St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Coventry, CV2 2DL
Priest in charge: Rev. Fr. John Alex Puthenveedu 
Holy Mass & Catechism: 1st Sunday of every month at 2.30pm
04. St. Paul’s Mission, Croydon
Address: St. Gertrude’s Church, Croydon, CR2 6EY
Priest In charge: Rev. Fr. Thomas Madukamoottil 
Holy Mass & Catechism: Every 4th Sunday of the month at 2.30pm
05. St. Joseph Mission, East London
Address: St. Anne’s Church-Mar Ivanios Centre, 
170 Woodward Road, Dagenham, RM9 4SU
Priest in charge: Rev. Fr. Thomas Madukamoottil 
Holy Mass: 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month at 10 am
Catechism: 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month at 12 pm
Holy Adoration and Holy Mass: 1st Friday of every month at 7pm E-mail: st.josephmclondon@gmail.com
06. St. Andrews Mission, Glasgow
Address: St. Paul’s RC Church, Shettleston Road, G32 9AR
Priest in charge: Rev. Fr. Renjith Madathirampil
Holy Mass and Catechism: 2nd Saturday of the month at 10am
07. St. Therese of Lisieux Mission, Gloucester
Address: The Good Shepherd Ukranian Church, Derby Road, Gloucester, GL1 4AE
Priest In charge: Rev. Fr. John Alex Puthenveedu 
Holy Mass : Every third Saturday at 2.00 pm
08. St. Basil Mission, Liverpool 
Address: St. Joseph’s Convent, Old Swan, L13 4BP
Priest In charge: Rev. Fr. Renjith Madathirampil
Holy Mass & Catechism: Every 2nd Sunday of the month at 3pm
09. St. George Mission, Luton
Address : Holy Ghost Church, Luton, and LU48JD
Priest In charge: Rev. Fr. Thomas Madukamoottil
Holy Mass & Catechism: 4th Saturday of the month at 10am
10. St. Mary’s Mission, Manchester
Address: St. Hilda’s RC Catholic Church in Northenden, Manchester M22 4ER
Priest In charge: Rev. Fr. Renjith Madathirampil
Holy Mass & Catechism: Every 4th Sunday of the month at 2.30pm
11. Sacred Heart Mission, Nottingham
Address: St. Paul’s RC Church, 144 Lenton Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 2BY
Priest In charge: Rev. Fr. John Alex Puthenveedu 
Holy Mass & Catechism: Every 4th Saturday of the month at 2.30pm
12. St. Peter’s Mission, Sheffield
Address: St. Michael’s Chapel, Rivelin Valley Road, Sheffield, S6 5GL
Priest In charge: Rev. Fr. Renjith Madathirampil
Holy Mass & Catechism: Every 3rd Sunday of the month
13. St. John’s Mission, Southampton
Address: St. Joseph Centre, 8 Lyndhurst Road, SO40 7DU 
Priest In charge: Rev. Fr. Thomas Madukamoottil
Holy Mass & Catechism: 1st Saturday of the month at 10am
14. St. Anthony Mission, West London
Address: Our Lady of Sorrows & St. Bridget Church, 
Isleworth, TW76DL
Priest In charge: Rev. Fr. Thomas Madukamoottil
Holy Mass & Catechism: 3rd Sunday of every month at 2.30pm