Our Church   

St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church of Dutchess County, New York is the mission of the Northeast American Diocese of the Malankara Syrian Church of India.

This congregation was established in May 2003 with the blessings from H. G. Mathews Mar Barnabas to serve the spiritual needs of the Indian Orthodox Christians residing in and around Dutchess County. 

Church History 

Dutchess county of New York State is situated 90 miles north of New York City. During the past decade many Indian families, including members of the malankara indian orthodox church, moved to this region. Since there was no church serving this community, the members had to travel more than seventy miles to places like New Rochelle, Bronx, Yonkers or Rockland to attend the Sunday Services. The need for a
church to cater the needs of this community was felt by most members.

 

In February 2003, some of the members decided to initiate formal process to satisfy this need. An ad-hoc committee to evaluate and discuss the possibility of starting the church in this region and make formal proposal to the Metropolitan of American Diocese.

 

On March 2, 2003,the ad-hoc committee and other members met His Grace The Most Rev.HG.Mathews Mar Bernabas, Metropolitan of America , who after due considerations, issued the kalpana granting the permission to establish a church in the name of St. Gregorios of Parumala for the residents of Dutchess county and surrounding areas. Rev. Fr. Raju Varghese as the Vicar until a permanent achan was available and assigned.

 

On May 4, 2003, under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Raju Varghese,  our inaugural Service was celebrated. A large number of people of the community and members of sister parishes attended this service.  The day began with the Holy Liturgy by H. G. Zacharias Mar Nicholovas, the Assistant Metropolitan of the American Diocese. After the Service, a public meeting was held to inaugurate the parish officially. Mr. Joel Miller, Member of the New York State Assembly was the Chief Guest at the meeting. 

 

Grace of god and blessings of the holy saint, brought Rev Fr. Jobson Kottapurathu to this country and our church as a visiting priest at a time when we needed him most. Rev. Fr. Jobson graciously accepted our request to consider a longer term relationship and eventually was appointed as vicar of the church. Under his leadership and dedication of our members, the members meet every Sunday and continue to celebrate the Holy Qurbana at the Knights of Columbus, Fishkill.