Metropolitan Offers Greetings to New Bishop of Syro-Malabar Diocese
Metropolitan Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, offered greetings to the new Bishop of the Saint Thomas Syro-Malabar Diocese of Chicago, Bishop Joy Alappatt. Bishop Joy was appointed on July 3, 2022, following the resignation of Bishop Jacob Angadiath, the first Bishop of the Syro-Malabar Diocese of Chicago. The newly appointed Bishop served as the auxiliary bishop of Saint Thomas Syro-Malabar Diocese of Chicago.
Our Diocesan Metropolitan offered the best wishes and prayers of the clergy and faithful of the Northeast American Diocese to the newly appointed Bishop. His Grace remembered the valuable role His Excellency, Bishop Jacob Angadiath played in the formation of the Diocese, and as the Diocese's first hierarch.
Pope John Paul II established St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago on March 13, 2001. Mar Jacob Angadiath was appointed as its first bishop and his Episcopal Ordination was held in Chicago, together with the inauguration of the diocese, on July 1, 2001. On July 24, 2014, Pope Francis appointed Mar Joy Alappatt, Chicago as the Auxiliary Bishop of the diocese.
The Syro-Malabar Church is the second largest Church among the Eastern Catholic Churches.
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