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     Around 3800 Knanaya Catholic families have migrated to the United States of America by this time. Those families that migrated to USA formed Regional and National Associations to foster identity and unity in the foreign land.  The Chicago association felt the need of spiritual services of the priests of the same community and a request was put up by the same association to the then bishop of the Diocese of Kottayam, Mar Kuriakose Kunnacherry.  Since Bishop Kunnacherry was lacking ecclesiastical authority in USA, he contacted the Archdiocese of Chicago for a solution.  In collaboration with the Archdiocese, a mission was erected in the year 1983.  After ten years of mission in Chicago, in 1993 a mission for the Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island Knanaya Catholic people was erected in New York in the Brooklyn Diocese.  

     Later, in 2001 when St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Diocese of Chicago was installed, all the nine Knanaya Catholic Missions that then existed were incorporated into the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar diocese of chicago.  When St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Diocese of Chicago constituted seven regions for the diocese in 2006, one among them was Knanaya Catholic region for the Knanaya Catholics.  Now all Knanaya Catholic Missions and parishes come under the Knanaya Catholic region in the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic diocese of Chicago.  This was the same situation also to us when we were in the Vicariate of Changanacherry before 1911.  We need to accomplish our identity and unity into an ecclesiastical identity here in USA.  This we will realize when we are meticulously organized in numerous established parishes. 

These are the priests who have served in our Mission:

     Fr. Joseph Saurianmakal                           1993-2000

     Fr. Michael Nedumthuruthil                        2000-2005

     Fr. Thomas Animoottil                                2005-2008

     Fr. Thomas Pralel                                       2008-2008

     Fr. James Ponganayil                                 2009-2009

     Fr. Joseph Tharackal                                  2009-Present 

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