The renovated sanctuary consecration of the recently purchased St. Thomas Malankara Catholic Church was presided over by His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Philipos Mar Stephanos, Bishop of St. Mary, Queen of Peace Syro-Malankara Catholic Eparchy of USA and Canada on Saturday, November 11, 2017, with Most Rev. Dr. Kurt Burnette, Bishop of Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic as the concelebrant. The Pastor and entire parish community was truly blessed to have many of the Northeast Malankara priests, Rev. Sisters Benedica and Jocelyn participate during the solemn service.
The installation of Most Rev. Dr. Philipos Mar Stephanos as the second bishop of St. Mary, Queen of Peace Eparchy in the United States and Canada was held on 28 October 2017 at 3 pm at St. Vincent De Paul Syro-Malankara Catholic Cathedral, Elmont, New York. Following the Holy Qurbono for the Installation at 10 am, the Sunthroniso service commenced at 3 pm with the liturgical reception given for His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos, Bishop Philipos Mar Stephanos, along with fourteen bishops from both the Eastern and Western rites of the Catholic Church. Rt. Rev.
A farewell meeting was conducted to express the gratitude of the Eparchy to Most Rev. Dr. Thomas Mar Eusebius upon his departure to the newly erected Parassala diocese. The meeting was conducted on October 28, 2017 at St. Vincent DePaul Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, Elmont, following the Holy Qurbono for the installation of the new bishop, Bishop Philipos Mar Stephanos.
The second of the three Regional Family Conferences planned for the current year in the Eparchy was held at the Syro-Malankara Catholic Cathedral, Elmont from August 5 to 6. The theme selected for the Conference is ‘Cast your net into the deep’. Rev. Dr. Jose Mariadas OIC was the chief resource person for the adult group. Around 310 faithful attended the Conference from our parishes in the region, namely Cathedral, Yonkers, Rockland, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. Rev. Fr. Noby Ayyaneth, the Pastor of our Cathedral parish was the Chief Coordinator of the Conference. Mr.
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.