Holy Father Pope Francis appointed Most. Rev. Dr. Philipos Mar Stephanos as the second bishop of the St.Mary, Queen of Peace Syro Malankara Catholic Eparchy in the USA and Canada. The appointment was made at the recommendation of the Holy Synod of the Syro Malankara Catholic Church. The announcement about this appointment was made concurrently in Rome and at the St. Mary’s Cathedral, Pattom, Trivandrum, Kerala and at the Cathedral of the St. Mary, Queen of Peace Syro-Malankara Catholic Eparchy in the USA and Canada on 5th August 2017.