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Posted on Sep 26, 2016 |

Photo: Worship, Indian Style

Photo: Worship, Indian Style

Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana familiies celebrate Syro Malabar liturgies and feasts at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenhills. Photo from teh CSt. Chavara Mission web page.

Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana families celebrate Syro-Malabar liturgies and feasts at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenhills (OH). Photo from the St. Chavara Mission web page.

The St. Chavara Mission church that meets at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenhills (OH) is a small but enthusiastic Catholic community in our region. One of three Eastern Catholic Churches with an area presence (the others are the Maronites who have parishes in Cincinnati and Dayton, and the Byzantine Catholics, who worship at a parish in Dayton), the Syro-Malabar Church traces its roots to the Apostle Thomas. It is s the second largest Eastern Catholic Church, with more than 3 million members around the world (about 200,000 in the United States). Over the centuries it has been influenced by Syrian and Portuguese Catholics, and has a distinctive structure as well as its own rite. Their American center is the Syro-Malabar Diocese of  Chicago, headed by Mar (Bishop) Jacob Angadiath. Families from Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana attend; click here for photos and more.  

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