Church History

A brief history of our church:
 
    On October 12th 1985, with the fervent hope to have a worship place, a group of faithful Syrian Jacobite Christians gathered together to discuss about organizing a church to worship the Lord Almighty. At this meeting it was decided to name the church as 'St. John's Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church', named after Saint John, the Apostle. A Board of Trustees was formed and the incorporation of the church was executed on April 27, 1986.
 
    The Parish is under the jurisdiction of the Archbishop of the Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America. The Archdiocese is under the direct ecclesiastical jurisdiction of His Holiness the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas , the Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church
 
    For about ten years, in the absense of a permanent worship place, the parish depended on various recited facilities for celebrating the Holy Service. With the grace of the Almighty, in June 1995, the parish aquired a property with a church building at 522 Mill Road, Staten Island - NY. The Church has since gone under various renovations. In 2001, the Church was closed for a month long of extensive interior renovations. The reopening ceremony was conducted on February 23rd and 24th, 2001