The presence of Syro-Malabar Catholics in the Rocky Mountain area can be traced back to the 1960s. The history of the early immigrants to the Denver area are not documented, so most of the information has been gathered through the community. The foundation of the Syro-Malabar community in Denver was laid by Perumanath, Muckom, Vanisssery, Muppadhiyil and Olapurath families. These early families gathered together for prayer meetings to build the community and pass on the faith of St. Thomas to the next generation throughout the 1980’s. The earliest Syro-Malabar priests leading the community were Fr. Vanissery and Fr. Kachiramattom who were stationed at parishes in the Archdiocese of Denver. Throughout the 1990s, the community grew in number as more families migrated to Denver including the Mathai, Chackalayil, and Muckom families. The community came together more frequently for retreats and Qurbanas, mostly at homes of the families. The start of the millennium also formalized the Syro-Malabar faith in the Rocky Mountain area.
Starting in 2002, the Holy Qurbana was celebrated on a monthly basis. We are especially grateful to Fr. George Uralikunnel and Father Jacob Vadakkekudy who traveled in excess of 175 miles on a monthly basis to avail the liturgy of St. Thomas to the community. There was a period of two or three years between 2002 and 2005 where the community did not have a permanent spiritual father. There were several priests who visited the community during this period to offer Qurbana. The community continued to gather together frequently during this period for Rosaries, Way of the Cross, and prayer meetings. Bishop Angadiath visited the community and celebrated Qurbana in 2004 which was a proud moment for the community. Fr. Joy Vazhakaparambil led the community for several years and the numbers of families continued to increase.
Fr. Jacob Chennathu joined the community in 2008 and started leading the community starting in 2010. The continued growth of the faith and members in the community outgrew the liturgies held in houses. Starting in April 2013, Qurbana has been celebrated at Our Lady of Presentation Church in Denver. St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Mission was established by Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath on December 15, 2013 at the Presentation of Our Lady Catholic Church in Denver, Colorado. Mar Jacob Angadiath celebrated the Holy Qurbana and confirmed the Syro-Malabar community in Denver to be a Mission Church under the St. Thomas Eparchy of Chicago for North America. The Bishop appointed Fr. Jacob Chennathu to be the first Director of the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Mission in Denver. Syro-Malabar Catholics have had a long presence in the Rocky Mountain area and the appointment of the Mission Church is a testament to the faith and perseverance of those who have lived the faith of St. Thomas in Colorado for the last four decades.
Fr. John Kolencherry took charge of St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Mission, Denver in November, 2015 being the second Mission Director as appointed by the Bishop.
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Annunciation Catholic Church
3601 Humboldt Street, Denver, CO 80205