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About SMCA Kuwait

SMCA is the platform of Syro Malabar Catholics residing in Kuwait. It is a part of the international Syro Malabar Laity movements, moving hand in hand, under the patronage of the head of the Syro Malabar Church, H E Major Archbishop Mar George Alencherry. Vicar Apostolic of Northern Arabia H L Camillo Ballin is also the Patron of SMCA Kuwait. Formed in 1995, SMCA Kuwait is the first of its kind in the Gulf region.

SMCA Kuwait works as a registered Indian Association with the Indian Embassy in Kuwait. Syro Malabar community has a ritual identity in Catholic Church and a cultural identity among Indian communities. The term 'cultural' in the name of the association represents both these.

All Syro Malabar Catholics residing in Kuwait become the Basic Member of SMCA Kuwait with out any registration or fee payment. But to avail the facilities and to become a part of the association in all means, individual has to approach the family unit of SMCA with a duly filled in application form. For more information, please contact general conveners of each area.

Syro-Malabar Catholic Church

The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is one of the 22 Eastern (Oriental) Catholic Churches in full communion with Rome. It is the second largest Eastern Catholic Church after the Ukrainian Church and the largest of the Saint Thomas Christian (Nazrani) denominations with 4.6 million believers. It is a sui juris Church governed by the Synod of Bishops headed by the Major Archbishop. The Syro-Malabar Church, with its deep-rooted spirituality and high rate of vocations to priesthood and religious life, can be considered as the most vibrant Catholic community in the world.
The St. Thomas Christians (Nazranis)
The Syro-Malabar Church is an Apostolic Church which traces its origin to the St. Thomas, the Apostle, who landed at Cranganore (Muziris) in 52 AD and founded seven Christian communities in Kerala, at Palayur, Cranganore, Kokkamangalam, Kottakavu (Parur), Quilon, Niranam, and Chayal. St. Thomas was martyred in A.D. 72 at Mylapore, near Chennai/Madras. The early Christian community in India was known as St. Thomas Christians. They were also called Nazranis, meaning those who follow the path of Jesus of Nazareth.
The East Syrian (Chaldean) Connection
The Arrival of Portuguese and the Influence of the Latin Church
The Syro-Malabar Church
The Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Church
The Syro-Malabar Church Today

Major Archbishops

Mar Antony Padiyara First major ArchBishop
(1992-1996)

Mar Varkey Vidhayathil Major Archbishop
1990-2011

Mar Varkey Vidhayathil Apostolic Administrator
1996-1999

Mar George Alencherry Major Archbishop
2011-