Vision and Mission

St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Parish, Framingham, Boston 


Pope John Paul II, promulgating the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches (October 18, 1990) wrote: “The Church by God’s providence, gathered in the one Spirit, breathes as though with two lungs, of the East and of the West, and burns with the love of Christ in one heart, having two ventricles”. Making use of a common metaphor of human life, the Pope explicitly asserted the importance of Eastern and Western traditions in the life of One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ. Catholic Church is a communion of 22 particular Churches, of which Latin Church belongs to Western tradition and other 21 inherit Eastern tradition. Syro-Malabar Church is the second biggest Oriental Catholic Church.

Second Vatican Council in its decree entitled “Orientalium Ecclesiarum” (OE) has made it explicitly clear that “these 22 individual Churches, both Eastern and Western, are of equal rank, so that none of them is superior to others because of rite” (OE no. 3). If it is not so, the equilibrium of the breathing process of the Church will be in danger. Therefore the Decree upholds: “Provisions must be made everywhere in the world to protect and advance all these individual Churches. For this purpose each should organize its own parishes and hierarchy, wherever the spiritual good of the faithful requires it” (OE no.4). The Decree continues to exhort every catholic faithful to retain his/her own rite wherever he/she is and follow it to the best of his/her ability and, in a special way, it demands all the members of the Eastern Churches to preserve their own legitimate liturgical rites and ways of life, and if they have fallen away due to circumstances of times or persons, they have to strive to return to their ancestral traditions (OE nos. 4-6).

The vision of the Decree “Orientalium Ecclesiarum” makes very clear the mission of St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago and its various parishes and missions in United States of America.  St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Parish, Framingham, Boston, is a great blessing from God to deepen and practice the faith in Jesus Christ, received through St. Thomas the Apostle, and to hand over the same faith to the young generation. We aim at knowing more about the customs, traditions and rich heritage of Syro-Malabar tradition through proper understanding and celebration of the liturgy. Parish Council, Sunday School (CCD), Family Prayer Units and other faith oriented activities of different Pious Organizations of Youth and Adults (CYMA, Vincent de Paul, SMCC etc.) have the common aim of maintaining the identity of Syro-Malabar Church.

Let us understand, acknowledge and love our Syro-Malabar identity and bring up our children in the great faith, handed over by our heavenly Patron, St. Thomas the Apostle, through active involvement in the diocesan and parish level activities. Let us be proud of being a member of Syro-Malabar Church and re-dedicate our life to understand the history of our Church so that we may be able to love our mother church in a better way.