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Statement on Elevation of Syro-Malankara Apostolic Exarchate to an Eparchy Print E-mail

DATE: January 4, 2016

RE: Elevation of the Syro-Malankara Apostolic Exarchate in the U.S. to an Eparchy for the U.S. and Canada

FROM: Sean P. Dolan

Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre offers warm congratulations to Bishop Thomas Mar Eusebius Naickamparambil and the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in the United States. Today, it was announced that Pope Francis elevated the Syro-Malankara Exarchate to an Eparchy for the United States and Canada and appointed Bishop Eusebius, who has led the Exarchate since its creation in 2010, to lead the new St. Mary, Queen of Peace, of USA and Canada Eparchy of the Syro-Malankara Church, transferring him from the Titular See of Lares and releasing him from the Office of Apostolic Visitator to the Syro-Malankara Catholics in Europe. Bishop Eusebius and Bishop Murphy have worked together since 2010 to deepen the bonds between our two Catholic churches, one of the east and the other of the west. Both cooperated with their parishioners in a process that enabled Saint Vincent de Paul parish in Elmont to continue its life as a Roman parish while effecting a transfer of the church and rectory to Bishop Eusebius so that the Eparchy could have a cathedral and a bishop’s residence of its own.