Pope Francis creates Syro-Malabar Diocese in Australia with Bishop Puthur


Pope Francis has erected the Syro-Malabar Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday, 11 January 2014. The Holy Father has appointed the first Bishop of the diocese in the person of Bishop Bosco Puthur. He is currently the titular bishop of Foraziana, and Curial Bishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly.

The Holy Father has also appointed Bishop Bosco Puthur to be the Apostolic Visitor for the Syro-Malabar faithful residing in New Zealand. The Bishop will have his residence in Melbourne, 201 Lady Nelson Way, Taylors Lake, VIC 3038, where the new cathedral is dedicated to "Holy Mary, Mother of God”.

The new Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle of Melbourne extends over the entire continent of Australia. An estimated number of 30, 000 faithful are living in almost twenty dioceses, but most of them are concentrated in Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne, Parramatta and Wollongong. Currently the coordination of pastoral care of these faithful is entrusted to Fr. Francis Kolencherry of the Vincentian Congregation. He is assisted by secular and religious priests. The latter belongs to the following institutes: Little Flower Congregation, Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, Vincentian Congregation, Missionary Society of St. Thomas the Apostle and the Discalced Carmelites.

Bishop Bosco Puthur was born on 28 May 1946 at Parappur in Trichur, Kerala. He studied at the Aluva Carmelgiri Philosophate, earning a Licentiate in Philosophy, and at the Pontifical College of Propaganda Fide in Rome, obtaining a Licentiate and Doctorate. He speaks English, Malayalam and Italian.

He has extensive parish and pastoral experience and has worked as Vicar General of the Archeparchy of Trichur.

Archbishop Denis Hart, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has cordially recognised the establishment of the new Eparchy as a clear indication of the care of the Holy See for the thousands of Syro-Malabar Catholics who have settled in Australia.

He was born on 28-05-1946 at Parappur, Trichur. He was ordained priest on 27-03-1971. He has the educational qualifications of L.Ph; S.T.L; S.T.D. He had his seminary formation in Aluva Carmelgiri Philosophate and Propaganda College Rome. After his ordination he served as Asst. Vicar, Ollur (1976), Fr. Prefect, Minor Seminary (1976), Professor at St. Joseph’s Seminary Aluva (1977-1992), Rector, Minor Seminary (1992), Protosyncellus of the Archdiocese (1995-1999); Cathedral Vicar (1999), Executive Director of Liturgical Research Center, Mt. St. Thomas, Kakkanad (1999-2007). When he was nominated the first Curial Bishop of Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Curia, he was working as the Rector of Mangalapuzha Seminary (2007-2010). He was appointed Curial Bishop and Titular Bishop of Foraziana on 18 January 2010 and was ordained on 13 February 2010.

Welcome to Syro-Malabar Catholic Community, Parramatta


The Malayalee Catholic Community of Parramatta Diocese meets every 3rd Sunday of the month to celebrate Holy Mass in Malayalam at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Wentworthville. The La Salette fathers pastorally support the community and the community receives enormous support from the Malayalee Catholics in and around Parramatta.

During the early years, the community received pastoral support from different parishes. The first Malayalam Holy Mass was held at St Oliver Plunkett’s Parish, Harris Park (close to Parramatta) in 2007. The community is grateful to Fr. Joseph Thomas Karuplackal for his generosity to give his parish and time to celebrate Holy Mass in Malayalam. Malayalee Catholic Community in Parramatta had the privilege of getting various priests including the visiting bishops to celebrate monthly Holy Masses.

Fr Joseph Thomas got transferred from Harris Park church and the community had to find a new place to celebrate monthly Holy Mass. Around this time His Excellency Bishop Gregory Karotemprel – the then Chairman of Syro-Malabar Synodal commission for Evangelization and Pastoral Care of Migrants – entrusted Fr. Jaison Mulerikkal CMI to assist the Catholic Community of Parramatta and celebrate Masses for the community. Fr. Jaison Mulerikkal took special initiative and his constant meetings and discussions with O Carm congregation Provincial at Melbourne made it possible to get Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Parish at Wentworthville to conduct regular Holy Masses for the community. The community is delighted to have Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Parish, Wentworthville, as the venue for monthly gathering of the community for Holy Mass and other religious activities. With the help of His Excellency Bishop Gregory Karotemprel and Fr Jaison, the committee approached Parramatta diocese to get a Malayalee priest trained in Syro Malabar rite to lend pastoral support to the community. The Bishop of Parramatta diocese, as an interim arrangement have entrusted the responsibility of helping Syro Malabar Catholic Community in Parramatta to La Salette Fathers in the diocese. Fr. Joy Chukkananickal is currently entrusted with the responsibility of supporting the Syro Malabar Community in Paramatta Diocese. Under the leadership of Fr. Mathew Manjaly, Fr. Sunny Poovathumkudy and Fr. Joy Porathur also supported the Syro Malabar community in the past.

His Excellency Mar Sebastian Vadakkel, Bishop of Ujjain Diocese, India and Chairman of Commission for Evangelization & Pastoral Care of the Migrants celebrated Holy Mass for the community and officially launched the website of Syro Malabar Parramatta on 9th October 2010.

In July 2010, Bishop Mar Sebastian Vadakkel, the present Chairman of Syro-Malabar Synodal commission for Evangelization and Pastoral Care of Migrants, has announced the appointment of Fr Francise Kolencherry as the National Coordinator for Pastoral Care of the Syro-Malabar faithful in Australia. Fr Francise also helps the community to streamline the pastoral activities in association with the La Salette fathers.

In March 2012, The St Alphonsa Community warmly welcomed Mar Mathew Arackal, Bishop of Kanjirappally (Chairman of Syro Malabar Church Commission for Laity) and Advocate V. C. Sebastian (Secretary to the Commission for Laity). Their visit was the beginning of scheduled Laity Conferences of the Syro-Malabar Church to be held in various cities of Australia.

The community celebrates all major feasts - Easter, Christmas, Feast of St Alphonsa, St. Thomas Day and other regular liturgical celebrations. 15 children have successfully completed coaching for First Holy Communion in 2011. Currently about 70 children are attending regular catechism classes.

Upcoming Events

Holy Mass

19 October 2014

Catechism class: 1.30 pm
Confession:: 3.00 pm
Holy Eucharist: 3.30 pm

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Mass held every 3rd Sunday of the month, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.

4 Bennett St,
Wenthworthville, NSW, 2145

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