About St. Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Mission of Virginia
St. Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Mission of Virginia is a Roman Catholic faith based group of Malayalee families residing in Richmond and neighboring cities of Chester, Petersburg and Charlottesville. We felt the desire to establish a Catholic Community to preserve our identity and to inculcate the tradition to our children. Our core values are derived from a rich heritage which is rooted in the culture, traditions and beliefs of the centuries-old Catholic Community in Kerala, India.
Our church virtually came in to existence on August 2007, when the families came together to attend the Malayalam Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Wilson Varikkatt on August 19th, 2007 at St. Patrick Church in Richmond. A core committee was formed on that day to develop the community and to organize monthly Malayalam Masses. The name Malayalee Catholic Community of Virginia was picked up later by the committee.
We have received the support and inspiration from the Syro Malabar Chicago diocese to establish this community. We were blessed with the visit of Mar Jacob Angadiath, bishop of Syro Malabar Chicago diocese on October 20th 2007, which has gone a long way in organizing the community.
On February 26, 2010 our community has been raised to the status of "Mission" under the St. Thomas Syro Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago by Rev Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath.
We have more than 40 Malayalee Catholic Families. We meet every sunday for the Malayalam Mass (Qurbana).