of The Syrian Orthodox Church in North America
In the recent past, especially since the 1960's, a considerable number of people from India migrated and settled down in North America. Many of them were Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Christians. They followed the Syrian Orthodox faith, maintained their distinct identity and preserved the glorious traditions of the Syrian Orthodox Church. With the approval and spiritual guidance of Late Lamented Archbishop His Eminence Mor Athanasius Yeshue Samuel, the first Malankara Syrian Orthodox Parish in North America was formed in 1975 as Mar Gregorios Syrian Orthodox Church in Staten Island, New York. Subsequently more parishes and spiritual organizations such as Sunday School for children, Youth Association for the young adults and St. Mary's Women's League were formed for the spiritual nourishment of the faithful.
For the smooth functioning of the parishes under the ecclesiastical hierarchy, a Malankara Council was constituted and became fully operational in 1987. From that time onwards the Malankara Parishes conducted annual conferences in different parts of North America. As the number of people professing the Syrian Orthodox faith and their spiritual needs increased, The Delegates' Meeting held in 1992 in New York, presided over by the late lamented Archbishop Mor Athanasius Yeshue Samuel, decided to request His Holiness, The Patriarch of Antioch and All The East for a Metropolitan from Malankara to assist His Eminence Mor Athanasius in administering the affairs of the Malankara Parishes. The Delegates' Meeting held on December 5, 1992 at the St. Mark's Syrian Orthodox Cathedral, Hackensack, New Jersey, proposed the name Fr. P.G. Cherian and requested His Holiness to consecrate him Metropolitan to assist H.E. Mor Athanasius Yeshue Samuel.
According to the decision of the Archdiocesan Council, an official delegation, consisting of three Clergymen and one lay member from the Council had an audience with His Holiness, the Patriarch, in Damascus, Syria, in June 1993 to address the spiritual needs of the Malankara faithful. Thereafter, His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and the Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, established an independent Archdiocese directly under the Holy Apostolic See of Antioch and All the East comprising of all the Malankara (India) parishes in North America and named it ‘Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America'. The present Archbishop His Eminence Mor Titus Yeldho was consecrated as Archbishop and Patriarchal Vicar of the Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America on January 04, 2004.