"Welcome to Adelaide Syro-Malabar Catholic Community"

About Church

The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is one of the 22 Eastern (Oriental) Catholic Churches in full communion with Rome. It is the second largest Eastern Catholic Church after the Ukrainian Church and the largest of the Saint Thomas Christian (Nazrani) denominations with 4.6 million believers. It is a sui juris Church governed by the Synod of Bishops headed by the Major Archbishop. The Syro-Malabar Church, with its deep-rooted spirituality and high rate of vocations to priesthood and religious life, can be considered as the most vibrant Catholic community in the world. The Syro-Malabar Church is an Apostolic Church which traces its origin to the St. Thomas, the Apostle, who landed at Cranganore (Muziris) in 52 AD and founded seven Christian communities in Kerala, at Palayur, Cranganore, Kokkamangalam, Kottakavu (Parur), Quilon, Niranam, and Chayal. St. Thomas was martyred in A.D. 72 at Mylapore, near Chennai/Madras. The early Christian community in India was known as St. Thomas Christians.

Our Chaplains

Rev. Dr. Frederick Eluvathingal began leading Adelaide’s Syro-Malabar community of over 275 families after arriving in Adelaide in 2013. Rev. Dr. Frederick Eluvathingal, the first Chaplain to the Syro-Malabar Catholic Community in Adelaide, South Australia belongs to the Archdiocese of Thrissur. Ordained in 1982 by Archbishop Joseph Kundukulam he has been in active ministry in varying apostolate of the church. He holds MTh from Pune, LSS from Rome and DSS from Jerusalem.

Father Biju John Chulayillaplackal has arrived in Adelaide to serve the growing Syro-Malabar community for the next four years. The 41-year-old priest from the Eparchy of Kanjirapally, arrived on 29th October. He will be chaplain to St Euphrasia Syro-Malabar Mission Adelaide north (northern region of the Syro-Malabar mission in Adelaide). He is the second chaplain for the Syro-Malabar community. On 20th November 2016, the Feast of Christ the King, the day of Conclusion of the Year of Mercy, by the decree given by Bishop Bosco Puthoor from the Chancery of the Eparchy of Melbourne, St Euphrasia Syro-Malabar Parish was established for the northern region of Adelaide. Rev Dr Biju John Chulayillaplackal became the first Vicar of the new Parish. For more information about St Euphrasia Syro-Malabar Parish, please visit: www.euphrasia.info

News/ Events

  • iSPEAK - Syro Malabar Youth Survey: The survey is open to people aged 14-35 and is anonymous but at the end of the survey, if the responder is willing to give their email, they can enter into the raffle - win an iPad. The survey will be live until Thursday 5th April 2018. Please click here to start the survey.
  • Annual Retreat - 2018 March 9, 10 & 11 - lead by Mar Joseph Pamplany. Venue: Croatian Club Hall, Brompton. Click here for more info.
  • First Friday Adoration: There will be a two-hour-adoration of the blessed sacrament (with the blessed sacrament exposed) at Thebarton after Holy Mass every first Friday of the month, from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. It ends with benediction. There will also be a priest available for confessions.
  • Regular Sunday Holy Mass and Catechism take place at Thebarton church and parish hall. Sunday Catechism: Thebarton Parish Hall at 3.15pm and Sunday Holy Mass: Thebarton church at 04.30 pm. (Queen of Angels' Church, 116 Kintore Street (141 South Road), Thebarton, SA 5031)
  • Regular Sunday Holy Mass and Catechism take place at St. Bernadette's Church, 2 Walsh Ave, St Marys, SA 5042. Sunday Catechism: 5.00pm to 6.15pm and Sunday Holy Mass at 6.30pm.. Weekday Holy Mass: Every Friday and Saturday at 06:00pm.
  • Weekday Holy Mass Timings: Every Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri at 06:00 pm and Saturday at 08:30 am in Queen of Angels’ Church, 116 Kintore Street (141 South Road), Thebarton, SA 5031.
  • Northern region: Please visit: www.euphrasia.info