Brief history of the Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America
For the smooth functioning of the malakareese parishes under the ecclesiastical leadership of Late Lamented Archbishop Mor Athanasius Yeshue Samuel, a Malankara Council was constituted and became fully operational in 1987. From 1986 onwards the Malankara Parishes conducted annual conferences in different parts of North America. With the steady growth in the number of Syrian Orthodox faithful here in the United States, certain steps regarding the future needed to be taken. The Delegates’ Meeting held in 1992 in New York, presided over by the Late Lamented Archbishop Mor Athanasius Yeshue Samuel, decided to request our then Patriarch, His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and the Supreme Head of the Syrian Orthodox Church, for a Malayalee Bishop to assist His Eminence Mor Athanasius in administering to the needs of the Malankara Parishes. The Delegates’ Meeting held on December 5, 1992 at the St. Mark’s Syrian Orthodox Cathedral, Hackensack, New Jersey, proposed the name of Fr. P.G. Cherian and requested His Holiness to consecrate him as Metropolitan to assist H.E. Mor Athanasius Yeshue Samuel.
In 1993, Late His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and the Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, established an independent Archdiocese for Indian immigrants directly under the jurisdiction of the Holy Apostolic See of Antioch which included all malayalee Syrian Orthodox Parishes in North America and named it ‘Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America’ to distinguish it from the other Syrian Archdioceses in North America. His Holiness consecrated Rev. Fr. P.G. Cherian as Mor Nicholovos Zachariah on August 15, 1993 and appointed him as Archbishop to administer the affairs of this new Archdiocese.
Unfortunately, in December 2001, Nicholovos Zachariah rebelled against the Holy Church and the Holy See of Antioch and was excommunicated by our then Patriarch His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas. Subsequently their Graces Mor Julius Kuriakose and Mor Ivanios Mathews Metropolitans were appointed to this Archdiocese. The present Archbishop His Eminence Mor Titus Yeldho was consecrated as the Archbishop and Patriarchal Vicar of the Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America on January 04, 2004.
|Former Archbishops of the
of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America
H.E. Mor Athanasius Yeshue Samuel
Until August 1993
| Nicholovos Zachariah
August 1993 - December 2001
H.G. Dr. Mor Julius Kuriakose
December 22, 2001 - March 1, 2002
|H.G. Mor Ivanios Mathews
March 2, 2002 - December 31, 2003