The 129 year old St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Cathedral, Brahmavar is set to Consecrate and Inaugurate its Renovated Church building on January 11th & 12th, 2018.
The Consecration shall be led by the Catholicos His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, the Supreme Head of Indian (Malankara) Orthodox Syrian Church. His Holiness will be assisted by His Grace Yakob Mar Elias (Bishop, Brahmavar Diocese), His Grace Geevarghese Mar Coorilos (Bishop, Mumbai Diocese), His Grace Joseph Mar Dionysius (Bishop, Kolkata Diocese), His Grace Geevarghese Mar Yulios (Bishop, Ahmedabad Diocese) and His Grace Abraham Mar Seraphim (Bishop, Bangalore Diocese).
Sri Ramalinga Reddy (Hon. Home Min., Govt. of Karnataka), Sri. K.J. George (Hon. Min. for Bengaluru Devt. and Town Planning, Govt. of Karnataka) and Sri Pramodh Madhwaraj (Hon. Min. for Youth Affairs and Sports, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Udupi District in Charge, Govt. of Karnataka), will be the Chief Guests for the event. Along with them other notable religious and political leaders will grace the occasion.
The Cathedral was founded in 1889, by the Saintly & the Revolutionary Bishop, Blessed Alvares Mar Julius and nurtured in the hands of the miracle worker, Blessed Fr. R.Z. Noronha
The Church had its humble origins in a thatched roof building where the First Holy Mass was celebrated by Blessed Fr.R.Z. Noronha. Soon, the foundations for the huge Old Church with tiled roof was laid by Blessed Fr.R.Z. Noronha. The structure of the Old Cathedral was completed during the tenure of the Charismatic Priest, Fr. P.G. Koshy, in 1960, which would become a monument of Pride, Piety & Devotion.
But with time and growing no. of faithful, need was felt for renovating the existing Cathedral to accommodate all.
On August 4, 2013, the Brahmavar Diocesan Bishop, H.G. Yakob Mar Elias laid the foundation for the renovation, during the tenure of Rev. Fr. Lawrence Dsouza, as the Vicar General.
The Renovation has now come into completion during the tenure of the present Vicar General, Rev. Fr. C.A. Isaac.
A Brief Note on St. Mary’s Cathedral
St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Cathedral, Brahmavar, is the only Konkani Orthodox Church in the entire world with 125 years of Glorious Past as a part of the 2000 year old Indian Church, namely the Indian (Malankara) Orthodox Church, which was found by St. Thomas the Apostle in 52 AD in India.
The Triune blessed presence & the intercession of St. Mary, Blessed Alvares Mar Julius and Blessed Fr. R.Z. Noronha has established the Cathedral as the epitome of Piety and the Centre of Devotion. Thus, it has been attracting thousands of devotees every year, from all caste, creed & religion.
The Cathedral has 6 chapels in Kolalgiri, Kurady, Sastan, Kandlur, Hosangady and Hulikel, Shimoga; and 5 congregations in Mumbai, Bangalore, Mandya, Kuwait and UAE.
As much it’s a centre of religious fervor, it is also a symbol of cosmopolitanism. Its Institutions having a deep impact in the field of education and the economic growth of Brahmavar and beyond. The Cathedral has around 8 educational institutions ranging from Kindergarten to Post Graduate Studies.
Late Fr. Damien Lopez, Late Fr. P.G. Koshy, Late Fr. K.K. Kuriakose, Late Fr. K.T. Varghese, Fr. Lazarus, Late Fr. N.J. Thomas Ramban, Late Fr. T.M. Kuriakose Ramban, Fr. G.M. Skaria Ramban, Fr. P.A. Johnson and many other vicars have given selfless service to the growth of the Cathedral and its community, in the bygone eras. Today it is served by Fr. C.A. Isaac, Fr. Lawrence Dsouza, Fr. David Crasta, Fr. Abraham Kuriakose, Fr. Noel Lewis and Fr. Joseph Chacko.