Our Parish

St. John's Malankara Jacobite Syriac Orthodox Church is under the Malankara Archdiocese of Syrian Orthodox Church in North America. The Church has been formed by a group of families who are followers of the Syriac orthodox tradition in India (Malankara).

St. John’s Syriac Orthodox Church of Raleigh, a Jacobite Church, mainly consists of the SOCA members from South India (Kerala) who speak the Malayalam language. We belong to the very ancient church called ‘Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch (SOCA)’, one of the members of the Oriental Orthodox Church family. The Syriac Orthodox Church is held to be the first church of Christianity established by the Apostle St. Peter.

Our Archdiocese, The Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America is a non-profit religious organization in the United States, incorporated in the State of New York. The Archdiocese is under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of His Holiness the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, the Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church. This Archdiocese comprises of the parishes all over the United States and Canada for the people predominantly from India who follow the Syriac tradition. The Church uses the Syriac language, a dialect of Aramaic spoken by Lord Jesus, as the Liturgical language along with English & Malayalam, a vernacular language of South India. Here we hope to present the orthodox faith, principles and organization of the church and its related entities.

We gather here to celebrate Holy Qurbana according to the ancient tradition of Syriac Orthodox Church.

We are looking forward to expanding our mission by transferring the rich orthodox tradition to our young generation through Sunday-schools and Youth associations.

Expecting all your kind support towards spreading the messages of our savior - Jesus Christ. 

Current Vicar

Rev. Fr. James Abraham Mulanthanathu (From August 2019)

Rev. Fr. James Abraham Mulanthanathu is a native of Kottayam and belongs to St. Mary’s Jacobite Church, Manarcad. He has served as Vicar at several churches in Mumbai area for about ten years. He has also worked as the Principal at Holy Angels School in Mumbai.   

Past Vicars

Rev. Fr. Abraham Elayasseril

February 2019 - July 2019

Rev. Fr. Prof. K.O. Joseph Kulathramannil

October 2018 - December 2018

Rev. Fr. Mathew Jacob Manalelchira

April 2018 - September 2018

Very Rev. John Varghese Corepiscopos

October 2016 - March 2018

Rev. Fr. Samuel Varghese Aljo (Anu)

April 2015 - August 2016