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WASHINGTON—The Synod of Major Archbishops of the Syro-Malankara Church has erected the Eparchy of Parassala, India, and with the assent of Pope Francis, elected as the first bishop of this new eparchy, the Most Reverend Thomas Mar Eusebius Naickamparambil. Up until now, Bishop Eusebius has been bishop of the Syro-Malankara Eparchy of Saint Mary Queen of Peace of the United States and Canada.
The Holy Father has also given assent to the nomination of the Most Reverend Philipose Mar Stephanos Thattathil, up until now auxiliary bishop of Tiruvalla, India, as the next bishop of the Syro-Malankara Eparchy of Saint Mary Queen of Peace of the United States and Canada.
The appointments were publicized in Washington, August 5, by Msgr. Walter Erbi, Chargé d'Affaires at the Apostolic Nunciature in the United States.
Bishop Philipose Mar Stephanos was born May 9, 1952 in Pathanamthitta, India and was ordained to the priesthood on April 27, 1979. He was appointed auxiliary bishop of Tiruvalla on January 25, 2010 and installed on February 9, 2010.
Bishop Eusebius was born June 6, 1961 and ordained a priest, December 29, 1986. He was ordained a bishop on September 21, 2010 at Saint Mary's Cathedral, Trivandrum and was installed as the first bishop of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Apostolic Exarchate in the USA. He was later appointed as the first bishop of the then newly established Eparchy of St. Mary Queen of Peace for the Syro-Malaknara faithful in USA and Canada on December 18, 2015 and was installed as its bishop, January 23, 2016.
The Syro-Malankara Eparchy of Saint Mary Queen of Peace is based in Elmont, New York and has around 11,500 members with 16 parishes in the United States and Canada.
The Syro-Malankara Catholic Church is centered in southern Indian and has about 500,000 faithful. Parassala is located in the southern-most part of this region.
Keywords: Pope Francis, Most Reverend Thomas Mar Eusebius Naickamparambil, Most Reverend Philipose Mar Stephanos Thattathil, Monsignor Walter Erbi, Chargé d' Affaires, Apostolic Nunciature, Syro-Malankara Eparchy of Saint Mary, Queen of Peace, Syro-Malaknara Faithful, United States, Canada, Parassala, India.
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