The city of Dallas, for its current
development, has the history of 180 years. From 1830 onwards people from different
parts of the world began to come in to this city. Before the year 1930 this so called
city was full of wild thicket of brush and trees. Migration is not something that
we intended recently. From the beginning of the human history there was a possibility
of migration to different places. There search was not for a temporary living but
a permanent one. Likewise by the help of relatives of our family members and some
of them because of their ability in science and scientific technology came to USA
and started living and found a permanent residence. But in early years Dallas had
not very much importance in the world map. So many of our families first came they
settled in New York, Chicago, California, Washington and Philadelphia. Later people
began to migrate to many places such as Dallas, Florida, Detroit and several other
areas because of the convenience of jobs and earnings. There were many Malankara
people started living in Dallas for the last 25 years. Because of their enthusiasm
and love towards the liturgy and religion the people far from came together at least
once in a month to share their religious experience and pray together from the year
1991. It was seven years after the official inauguration of the Malankara Catholic
community in the United States of America by the then Metropolitan Archbishop of
Trivandrum His Grace Benedict Mar Gregorios. In the beginning there were only 11
families from all over the city of Dallas. However this community was fortunate
to have the spiritual guidance and support from Fr. William OIC who have been in
Chicago then. Since we had not purchased any property as our own, at that time there
was no particular place of worship for this community. We looked forward the kind
help of the surrounding parishes as they provided their facility after their normal
use on Sundays. Even though we did not have a parish as our own Rev. Augustine Kailath
was appointed to look after the community in 1993. After him Rev. Fr. Abraham Kadamala
was appointed as the vicar to this parish. It was in his tenure we bought a new
church as our own in Garland. It was on January 1, 1996 the St. Mary’s Malankara
Catholic Church was officially inaugurated in Garland, Texas. Next 10 years, we
were fortunate to have the services of. Rev. Fr. Abraham Kadamala , Rev. Fr. Peter
Kochery, , Fr. Chacko Narimattathil ,Rev.Fr. Thomas Kottayil, and Rev. Philips Chacko.
As the City of Dallas is a growing city the community is also a growing community.
Now there are over 59 families are in this parish. We expect more people these coming
years. As we understood the facility that we purchased was not sufficient enough
to meet the necessity of the parish for our catechism classes for children and youth,
prayer groups, place for socialization we were forced to buy a new church. It was
in 2008 under the initiation of the then parish priest Chorepiscopo Geevarghese
Mannikarottu, the Parish Council and the entire community together purchased a plot
in Mesquite, Texas with 5 ½ acres of land and a building in it. After having done
major remodeling it is now a very magnificent church and it can accommodate more
that 300 people in one time. The New Church was officially inaugurated on May 7,
2011 by His Excellency Most Rev. Thomas Mar Eusebius the bishop of the Malankara
Catholic Exarchate in the United States of America.
From June 26, 2011 Rev. Fr. Joseph Nedumankuzhiyil is our vicar. He came from New
York after his successful service in St. John Chrysostom Malankara Catholic Church,
Long Island. Under his spiritual guidance and right motivation the church is moving
to its primary emphasis on spreading the faith and being a witness not only to the
community but to the country at a large. The church members are working hard to
keep their faith and grow their children in the same faith they have been growing.
Our church is endowed with many talented youth and children. Ignoring all the hardships
of their daily life all the parishioners find time to gather together in worshiping.
This parish takes special pride in its sense of brotherliness that envelopes the
members of the Church and the entire community coming together to share their faith
by being involved in many activities of the church.
As the name of the parish indicates we keep great devotion to the Blessed Virgin
Mary. So we do celebrate our church feast along with the feast of the Nativity of
Our Blessed Virgin Mary.