The 3rd Apostolic visit of His Holiness the Patriarch of Antioch & All the East to INDIA



Administrative Headquarters of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church
Photo: 29 July 2004


The Long Cherished Dream

Due to the trials and tribulations of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church in the past century, the Church lacked a central facility to oversee the administration of its spiritual and temporal affairs. It became an absolute necessity for the Church in India to have a Headquarters Complex to fulfill the various and manifold services and also for the effective and prompt functioning of its administrative system. For the hundreds of parish churches and about more than one million faithful, the Head-quarters complex at Puthenkurishu in Ernakulam District, Kerala, is a long cherished dream.

H.H. Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I has blessed the site of the headquarters on April 9, 2000, during his second apostolic visit to Malankara. Now during the third apostolic visit, on 24th September 2004, the main portion of the Church Head quarters was consecrated by His Holiness Ignatius Zakka I Iywas, the Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church. The Church in India is greatly indebted to His Holiness for the Apostolic blessings and whole hearted support to construct this dream project. We continue to beseech His Holiness' prayers and Apostolic blessings.

H.H. Ignatius Zakka I Iywas consecrating the new Church Headquarters at Puthencuriz
From Left: H.G. Mor Koorilos Markose, H.G. Mor Divansios Geevarghese, Church secretary Thambu George Thukalan, H.B. Catholicos Baselios Thomas I, Church Trustee George Mathew Thekkethalackal, Ramaban, and the Metropolitan of Homs


Salient Features

The Head quarter Complex of the Malankara church is named as "Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas Centre", in remembrance of the silver jubilee year of the Patriarchal enthronement. It will function as the central office of the whole Church. When completed, the complex will have a beautiful Chapel, special suites for H.H. the Patriarch and dignitaries, The Holy Episcopal Synod Chamber, Working Committee & Managing Committee halls, office rooms for all the office bearers of the Church, central offices for the spiritual organizations of the Church, Library and Archives, suites for the Bishops, guest rooms, dining hall, recreation rooms, kitchen, etc.

It is beautifully planned and designed as a unique structure with a mixture of the traditional Kerala architectural style with a touch of Christian motifs, covering a total plinth area of 40,000 sq.ft. in three storeys. It is the first phase of the building that is now completed. The remaining constructions will begin later.


"Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas Centre"

The site is situated at "Puthenkurishu" in Ernakulam District which is the meeting place of three major Dioceses of the Syrian Orthodox Church and majority of the people living in and around Puthenkurishu are Syrian Orthodox Christians. The Church Headquarters complex situated in a 5 acre land is located very close to the National Highway, NH 49. The International Airport at Nedumbasserry is 40 Km from the Church centre and Cochin City is 20 Km away.


Patriarchal centre:

Phone: +91-484-730022/822101

Patriarchal Center Phone: +91-484-731252



Photos of the 'Noottonninmmel Qurbono' (Holy Mass by hundred and one priests)
celebrated at Puthencuriz Patriarchal Centre, held in connection with the
centenary feast of the late Chathuruthy Saint Gregorios
(Parumala Thirumeni), on 2 November 2002
The 'Noottonninmmel Qurbono' (Holy Mass by hundred and one priests) being celebrated
at the temporary chapel in the Puthencuriz Patriarchate Centre, Kochi
Faithful attending the Holy Qurbono
(Click here to access the photos)




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