St. Thomas Pastoral Centre
16, Ayanavaram Road,
Chennai - 600 023.
Phone; 044-2644 3803
A Brief History
Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, which comes under the Chaldean Liturgical family, is one of the twenty-two churches of Catholic Communion. The Chennai Syro-Malabar Mission was established in 1983 and it was entrusted to Mar James Pazhayattil, the Bishop of Irinjalakuda by the Syro-Malabar Archiepiscopal Synod.
This Mission is rooted in the emphasis of II Vatican Council that and individual church should maintain her cultural and ecclesial identity. Therefore the first and important task of this mission was to look after the pastoral needs of Syro-Malabar Catholics in Chennai. Rev. Fr. Jose Palatty was appointed as the first Chaplain by the Archbishop of Madras-Mylapore, Most Rev. Dr. R. Arulappa.
At present there are around 5000 families in the mission. 16 priests and about 80 Sisters support the Mission through their spiritual leadership. The Mission has already consecrated eight Churches. The Pastoral Centre at Ayanavaram co-ordinates at programs of the Chennai Mission. There are three religious houses for men congregations and eight religious houses for Sisters. The Fathers and Sisters run eight Schools, two Special Schools, a Cancer hospice, a Clinic, a Hostel and two Retreat centres.