St Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Forane Church


California, USA


5021 W 16th St
Santa Ana California, USA


Saturday/Sunday 9:00 am – Holy Qurbana (Malayalam)

St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in Santa Ana. Orange County, California, had its formal origin in 2001. The small Malayalee community started its formal parish life under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Dr. Jacob Kattackal at St. Martin De Pores Church at Yorba Linda, Orange. Bishop Todd Brown, the Bishop of Orange, encouraged the Eastern
Catholics with great love.

Later the venue of the gathering shifted from Yorba Linda to the chapel of St. Catherin School at Anaheim, from Easter Sunday 2001 to the end of August 2002. Meanwhile, the new diocese of Chicago was established on 13th March 2001 for the Syro-Malabar Catholics and Mar Jacob Angadiath was appointed the first Bishop of the new diocese in Americas.

The community in Orange bought a small church at Fullerton, Orange County; Bishop Todd Brown gave a generous loan for the purchase of this church. On 22nd August 2002, the first mass in Malayalam was offered at Fullerton. On 15th September 2002, the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church was solemnly blessed by Mar Jacob Angadiath.

The Parish was elevated to the Forane status on May 4th, 2014.