The St. Thomas Christian Museum is situated at Mount St. Thomas, the Major Archiepiscopal Curia of the SyroMalabar Church, Kakkanad, Kochi, Kerala. With a Decree dated, 15th December 2000 Mar Varkey Vithayathil, the Major Archbishop of the SyroMalabar Church, erected St. Thomas Christian Museum at Mount St.Thomas. The Decree says: “Preservation and protection of the documents and artifacts concerning the ideas and events that shaped and continue to shape the religious and social consciousness of a people is of paramount importance in giving a sense of belongingness, direction and the correct values in life to the posterity of that people. It has been the desire of the Synod of Bishops of the SyroMalabar Church that such a process be encouraged and speeded up in the SyroMalabar Church in a more systematic and organized manner. Therefore having considered the importance and urgency of the matter in the SyroMalabar church the synod of bishops in its session held from 30th October to 11th November 2000 decided to erect a museum at Mount St. Thomas under the auspices of the SyroMalabar Liturgical Research Centre”.
On March 30 2001 the Major Archbishop issued a circular letter addressed to all the faithful of the SyroMalabar Church regarding the preservation of historical and cultural heritage and announcing the opening of the St. Thomas Christian Museum at Mount St. Thomas.
The St. Thomas Christian Museum was formally inaugurated by the late Major Archbishop Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil on 10 November 2001 in the presence of the Synod of Bishops of the SyroMalabar Church and ecumenical representatives of all the seven Churches of the Thomas Christian tradition.
“St. Thomas Christian Museum of the SyroMalabar Church at Mount St Thomas, Kakkanad, Kochi,
promotes, preserves and exhibits tangible and intangible evidences of the heritage of the Thomas
Christians in India. The display of traditional, religious and cultural art and artifacts provides us
with a sense of identity and continuity of this cultural patrimony. The Religious and Social fabric
of the Thomas Christians holds a rich legacy for the society at large. I am very glad to acknowledge all
the wellwishers for their unstinted support for the Museum”.
- Mar George Cardinal Alencherry
The Synod of Bishops of the Syro-Malabar Church held in Rome in January 1996 decided to found a Liturgical Research Centre at the Major Archiepiscopal Curia of the Syro-Malabar Church at Mount St. Thomas. The synod held from November 3-14, 1998 at Mount St. Thomas followed up the matter. The then Apostolic Administrator of the Syro-Malabar Church, Mar Varkey Vithayathil, with a decree dated April 10, 1999, erected the “Liturgical Research Centre” (LRC).
The LRC was established in order to promote serious study and research into the heritage of the Syro-Malabar Church like liturgy, theology, spirituality and discipline, a heritage that is differentiated by the culture and circumstances of history of the St. Thomas Christians of India. (Cf. CCEO, c. 28, §1). The primary function of the LRC is to conduct research seminars and coordinate research activities on Syro-Malabar heritage. LRC also manages the St. Thomas Christian Museum and the Library and the Documentation Centre, publishes books and the journal Thomas Christian Heritage and gives the Syro-Malabar Research Centre Award and conducts other activities as asked by the Synod of Bishops.
The Liturgical Research Centre is part of the Major Archiepiscopal Curia of the Syro-Malabar Church at Mount St. Thomas. It is governed by a Board of Directors and headed by the Executive Director.
Chairman : Bishop Mar Pauly Kannookadan
Member : Bishop Mar Remigiose Inchananyil
Executive Director : Rev. Dr. Peter Kannampuzha
Member : Rev. Dr. Jose Palakeel, MST
Member : Rev. Dr. Pauly Maniyattu
Office Secretary : Rev. Sr. Mereena SD
The St. Thomas Christian Museum is established for the purpose of conducting researches in the historical, theological, liturgical and cultural domains for studying, preserving and highlighting the uniqueness and identity of the SyroMalabar Christians.
Our aim is to present and bring to focus the rich heritage of the St. Thomas Christians’ history & culture. The Museum acquires, preserves and protects documents and artifacts concerning the ideas and events that shaped and continue to shape the religious and social consciousness of the SyroMalabar Christians.
South Indian Bank,
Account Name: Syro-Malabar Liturgical Research
Account No: 0313053000001390
IFSC Code : SIBL0000313
Out side India:
Syro-Malabar Bishop’s Synod
The Federal Bank Ltd.Ernakulam, Broadway,
Kochi, 682 031,Kerala, India
SB A/C No:12830100044953
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