About St.Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Richmond VA
Welcome to St Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. We are a small catholic community of Malayalee families residing in Richmond and neighboring cities of Chester, Petersburg, Charlottesville and Norfolk. The SyroMalabar Catholic Church is one of the 22 Eastern (Oriental) Catholic Churches in full communion with Rome. We felt the desire to establish a 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 traces back to St. Thomas, the Apostle, who landed at Cranganore (Muziris) in 52 AD and founded seven Christian communities in Kerala, India.
St.Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Catholic Mission virtually came into existence on August 2007. 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.There are more than 30 Malayalee Families associated with our church. On September 2015, Rev Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath appointed a fulltime priest for our church. We have Malayalam Mass(Qurbana) every day. On October 2016 we purchased a plot for our future church. Our construction plans are in the beginning stages.
His Holiness Pope John Paul II established St. Thomas SyroMalabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago on March 13, 2001. Mar Jacob Angadiath was appointed as its first bishop and his Episcopal Ordination was held in Chicago, together with the inauguration of the diocese, on July 1, 2001. On July 24, 2014, Pope Francis appointed Mar Joy Alappatt, Chicago as the Auxiliary Bishop of the diocese.