St John Syro Malabar Mission Nottingham

Welcome to St John Mission Nottingham

The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is one of the 24 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 denominations.The Syro-Malabar Church is an Apostolic Church which traces its origin to St. Thomas, the Apostle, who landed at Cranganore, Kerala, India in 52AD and founded seven Christian communities. St. Thomas was martyred in 72AD at Mylapore, near Chennai/Madras, India.The early Christian community in India was known as St. Thomas Christians. The Syro- Malabar Church is very actively involved in educational, social issues and healthcare.

Syro-Malabar Community in the UK

In the beginning of 1990, people from India started to arrive in United Kingdom, following their professions and acquiring jobs here. English society has welcomed and appreciates the exemplary family and religious life of Indian Catholics. However, even in 1990, the Indian community wanted to have priests of their own Church and Rite, to satisfy their religious needs. The Bishops of England and Wales understood this need and gave permission for a priest from India to come to the United Kingdom, to provide pastoral care. At present, most of the Syro-Malabar congregations in the United Kingdom celebrate Holy Mass once a month in their own language. Today more than sixty-five priests from India provide pastoral care in the Syro-Malabar Syro Malabar Eparchy of Great Britain.

St Paul R C Church, Lenton Blvd, Nottingham NG7 2BY