Chronology: 2001 – 2006


2001 – 2006

Establishment of the Syro-Malabar Diocese of Chicago to the Establishment of Knanaya Region


2001 July 1
Inauguration of St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago and consecration of its bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath at Hyatt Hotel in Chicago.


2002 February 16
Fr. Philip Thodukayil started an additional Saturday evening mass at 6:00 P.M. on every third Saturdays of the month at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Darien.


2003 October 29
Mar Jacob Angadiath officially recognized the Knanaya Catholic Mission of Chicago, along with nine other Knanaya Catholic Missions in the USA, as a mission of the St. Thomas Diocese of Chicago. He also confirmed the appointment of Rev. Fr. Philip Thodukayil as the director of this mission. According to Mar Jacob Angadiath, “The Knanaya Catholic Mission of Chicago will consist of all the Knanaya Catholics living in the states of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.”


2004 May 16
First Holy Communion of 20 students at St. John Breuf Church in Niles.

2004 July 1
Mar Jacob Angadiath relieved Rev. Fr. Philip Thodukayil from his service as director of Knanaya Catholic Mission of Chicago and appointed Fr. Abraham Mutholath, the vicar general, also as the director of the mission.

2004 July 1
Fr. Abraham Mutholath selected Mathachan Chemmachel, John Elackatt, Johny Thekkeparambil, Kurian Nellamattam, and Anil Edukkuthara as the “trustees” and George Thottappuram as secretary and PRO of the mission.

2004 August 7
Last Mass at St. Isidore’s Church in Bloomingdale.

2004 August 8
First Solemn Feast Celebration of the mission at IHM Church in honor of Pope St. Pius X. Bishop Mar Kuriakose Kunnacherry sent a particle of the scull cap worn by St. Pius X and personally gifted to Bishop Mar Mathew Makil as relics. Bishop Mar Mathew Moolakkatt was the main celebrant. Peter and Salykutty Kulanagara were the sponsors (prasudenties) of the feast.

2004 August 21
Last Mass at our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Darien.

2004 September 4
Mass started at St. Peter’s Church in North Lake on every Saturday at 5:00 P.M. followed by novena of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

2004 September 11
Starting of Religious Education School at North Lake. Classes are held from 3:45 P.M. to 4:45 P.M. every Saturday.

2004 September 12
Starting of Religious Education School at IHM School. Classes are held from 4:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. every Sunday.

2004 December 3 – 5
First Pre-marriage Course offered by Chicago Knanaya Catholic Mission under the leadership of Vicar General Fr. Abraham Mutholath and Family Commission headed by Tonny Pulllappally. Nineteen youth took part in the course.


2005 March 5
First Religious Education Festival at Thaft High School.

2005 May 12 – 15
Feast of St. Michael sponsored by parishioners from Neendoor residing in Chicago area. Co-adjutor Bishop of the Archeparchy of Kottayam Mar Mathew Moolakkatt was the main celebrant.

2005 May 22
His Excellency Mar Mathew Moolakkatt requested the Knanaya Catholics in Chicago to establish our own church during his homily at IHM Church. The planning to have our own church started.

Confirmation of 24 students and First Holy Communion of 31 students at IHM Church by Bishop Mar Mathew Moolakkatt.

2005 May 31
Agreement signed by Rev. Thomas H. Cargo, pastor of St. Joseph Church in Addison and Mission Director Rev. Abraham Mutholath for the use of St. Joseph School for Religious Education and hall for Mass on Saturdays with effect from June 18, 2005.

2005 June 18
Mass for Chicago Suburb is moved from St. Peter’s Church in North Lake to the hall of St. Joseph’s Church in Addison. Fr. Abraham Mutholath celebrated the first mass here for the mission.

2005 July 1
Saji Pootrhukayil, Sunny Thekkepparambil, James Manjankal, and Baby Karikkal took charge as kaikkararans (trustees) of the mission.

2005 August 18 – 21
Solemn Feast Celebration of St. Stephen sponsored by Mathew and Alphonsa Poothura and family. The feast was celebrated at Community Center, Thaft High School, and IHM Church.

2005 September 23
Mission started two-year Theology Course for lay people to learn more on the Church, Bible, and Spirituality. This helped for church awareness and development of dedicated volunteers.

2005 September 24
First Sal Solo Devotional Music Program for Knanaya youngsters held at OLV gymnasium.

2005 October 2
Started publishing Sunday Bulletin for the mission. It was made available on parish website and printed copies were distributed in the churches during weekend Masses.

Search committee formed to find a suitable building for our church. Members in alphabetical order are: Idiyalil Mathew, Kanjirathumkal Raju, Karikkal Baby, Kizhakkekuttu Biju, Knaiyaly Jose, Kulangara Jaibu, Manjankal James, Mutholam Sunny, Nediyakalayil Joy, Nedumchira Roy, Nellamattam Kurian, Njaravelil Jose, Pinarkayil Jose, and Poothura Binu.

2005 October 6 – 9
Annual Retreat by Fr. Joseph Puthenpura at KCS Community Center organized by Knanaya Catholic Mission.

2005 October 9
Youth Ministry Class started at OLV Church on the First Sundays of every month from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

2005 October 23
Beginning of Children Ministry (KG to 3rd graders) and Teens Ministry (4th – 8th graders at OLV Church.

2005 December 4
Celebrated the Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee of our Mission Director Rev. Fr. Abraham Mutholath at OLV Church. Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath was the chief guest. Mission members contributed a substantial amount ($44,337) to the church building fund during Jubilee Celebration meeting at OLV School Hall.

2005 December 24
Special Collection taken for Education Aid in India and was given as gift for the same purpose to Archbishop Mar Mathew Moolakkatt after his consecration elevating him as Archbishop of Kottayam on January 14, 2006.


2006 February 11
Starting of Legion of Mary unit in the mission.

2006 March 4
Second Religious Education Festival at Thaft High School. First presentation of Knanaya Kudiyetta Ballet with original songs published by the mission.

2006 March 18
Beginning of Senior Citizen’s Ministry in the mission.

2006 March 19
Confirmation of 57 students by Fr. Abraham Mutholath at St. Joseph’s Church in Addison for those who had not received it along with baptism.

2006 March 26
Confirmation of 114 students by Fr. Abraham Mutholath at OLV Church in Chicago for those who had not received it along with baptism.

2006 March 30 – April 2
Annual Lenten Retreat by Fr. Jacob Kuruppinakath organized by Knanaya Catholic Mission at KCS Community Center.

2006 April 18
First Meeting of Better Family Movement of the Knanaya Catholic Mission. The focus was on improvement of family life and prevention of alcohol abuse.

Contact Information

Pastor / Vicar:
Rev. Fr. Siju Mudakkodil

Parish Secretary:
Sr. Silverius S.V.M.

Associate Pastor:
Rev. Fr. Lijo Kochuparambil

Trustee Coordinator:
Sabu Kattappuram

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