Jacobite Syriac Orthodox families in Albany, NY, along with the local Mar Thoma and CSI congregations, worship together as the United Christian Church (UCC). Typically, a priest from each congregation conducts one service each month. Very Rev. Gheevarughese C. Thomas Corepiscopos (Chattathil Achan) has been conducting the Jacobite service once every month since 2005.
Jacobite members, on April 22, 2014, gathered at Mr. Peter Thomas”s residence for a discussion about starting a Jacobite church in Albany. All the participants expressed their willingness to form a Jacobite Church in Albany, and a unanimous decision was taken to approach His Eminence Mor Titus Yeldho for advice and support and to request an Achan to conduct the Holy Qurbana in Albany.
The Thirumeni approved our request and send a Kalpana informing us the Name of the church as “St. Mary’s Syriac Orthodox Church and the Vicar is Rev Fr. Joseph Varghese. The first General Body meeting was conducted at Aju Abraham’s residence on August 22, 2014 and elected new office bearers. Kurian Chattathil as Vice President, Peter Thomas as Treasurer, Aju Abraham as Secretary and Committee members : Jayan George, Kuriakose Mathew, Kuriakose Padijaremuriyil, Rony Abraham, Saju K Chandi and Sibu Skariah. Inaugural Holy Qurbana led by His Eminence Mor Titus Yeldho was conducted on September 28, 2014.
The St. Mary’s Syriac Orthodox Church is ever growing, spiritually strong and continues to shine by the grace of God and the intercession of our patron saint, St. Mary.