Syro-Malabar Eparchy formalised

St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne was near capacity and awash with colour on 25th March 2014, as archbishops, bishops, priests and laity from Latin and Eastern Rites, across Australia and overseas, gathered for the Inauguration of the Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle in Melbourne; and the Installation of Bishop Bosco Puther as its first Bishop,

Pope Francis established the Eparchy earlier this year, in the hope of providing a permanent presence and pastoral care to the approximately 35,000 Syro-Malabarese people living in Australia. It is one of only two Syro-Malabar dioceses outside India, the other being Chicago.

The origins of Syro-Malabar Catholics, who were known as St. Thomas Christians until the late 19th century, can be traced back to 52AD when Thomas the Apostle arrived in Kerala, India to spread Christ’s message.

We have three priests of the Rite in our Diocese - Fathers Joshy Kaithakulangara, Ephrem Thadathil and Augustine Matthew. Bishop McKenna and Father Joshy both travelled to Melbourne for the historic occasion.

More information about the Eparchy and photos of the Inauguration and Installation are available at

Photos courtesty of Kairos Catholic Journal, Archdiocese of Melbourne






Photo courtesy of Kairos Catholic Journal