(Kandanad Diocese)


(Photo: 25 April 2007)


The St. Peter & St. Paul's Church at Puthencuriz was established around the year 1820 by the members of the Kolencherry Church residing in the area. Initially a Cross made of wood was established here when the 'raza' (church procession) during the festival of Kolencherry church reached here, marking the beginning of a church here. This cross was called  'Puthen Kurisu' (New Cross). Later a church was consecrated in the place where the Cross was established and regular services began. Subsequently the village itself came to be known by the same name, 'Puthencuriz'.

In late 19th century the sacred relics of Mor Kuriakose Sahdo was interred in this church by St. Gregorios Bava (Parumala Thirumeni), presented to Malankara by the Holy See. In 1964, reconstruction of the old church building began under the able leadership of the then church vicar Kassisso Cheruvallil Thomas (Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I) and was consecrated on February 15, 1966 by former Catholicos of Malankara Mor Baselios Augen I.

The church is the home parish of Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I Bava, our present Catholicos and head of the Jacobite Syrian Church. The Malecuriz Dayro where the mortal remains of former Catholicos Mor Baselios Paulose II Bava is interred, the headquarters of the Church-the Patriarch Ignatius Zakka Centre, the central offices of Sunday School Association (MJSSA), St. Mary's sisterhood are all situated very near to this church.


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