Liturgical Research Centre


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 3-14 November 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. The LRC also manages the St. Thomas Christian Museum, the Mar w-lah Syriac Academy (estd. 27 April 2015), 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.

Board of Directors

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.

Board of Directors


Bishop Mar Tony Neelankavil


Bishop Mar Jose Pulickal

Executive Director

Rev. Dr. Joji Kallingal


Rev. Dr. Jiphy Mekkattukulam


Rev. Dr. James Puliurumpil

Office Secretary

Rev. Sr. Lincy Augustine MSMI

Liturgical Research Centre
Mount St Thomas, P.B. No. 3110,
Kakkanad P.O., Kochi, 682 030,
Kerala, India, Mob. 9497328768