Hsitory of Jerusalem Mar Thoma Syrian Church, New Delhi

The Jerusalem Mar Thoma Syrian Church christened as Salem Mar Thoma Syrian Church came into existence on 20th December 1982 through a Kalpana from the Metropolitan. The serving Vicar General of Delhi- Bombay Diocese, Very Rev. C.G. David inaugurated the newborn parish on 2nd January 1983. Since the parish did not have a Church building of its own, Worship Services were initially conducted at the Apostles' Methodist Church, R.K.Puram and Free Church, Green Park.

The first Mar Thoma parish in Delhi, was born as early as 1953 at Karol Bagh and catered to a small but scattered congregation. In the late seventies and early eighties membership of the parish peaked.  

It was the resolve of parishioners residing in South Delhi to build a Church, the first application for which was submitted to the Delhi Development Authority in 1980. Special mention is due to our former Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Irenaeus, Prof. P.J. Kurien M.P, our first Vicar, Rev. Koshy Mathew and first parish Secretary, Mr. George Mathew, who met the Lt. Governor of Delhi, Shri. Jagmohan and appraised him of the need for a place of worship in South Delhi for the Mar Thoma community in the Capital. They submitted a memorandum in pursuance of the application submitted earlier. Our prayers and efforts were answered in 1983 with the allotment of 500 sq. yards of land at Safdarjung Enclave. 

Rt. Rev Dr. Joseph Mar Irenaeus laid the foundation stone in a simple but profound ceremony on 2nd October 1983. Construction started in June 1985 and completed nearly six months later, on 30th November 1985. The new Church building was consecrated by Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Irenaeus, Rt. Rev. Dr. Zacharias Mar Theophilus and Rt.Rev Maqbul Caleb and a number of priests. Chief Executive Councilor of Delhi, Shri. Jagpravesh Chandra and Hon. Lt. Governor of Delhi, AVM HL Kapur, graced the public meeting that followed the ceremony as the Chief Guest. Holy Communion was celebrated for the first time in our Church premises on 1st December 1985 by Rt. Rev. Dr. Zacharias Mar Theophilus in the presence of then Suffragan Metropolitan, Rt. Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom. 

We are grateful to all the founders of the Parish, but particularly remember the founding members who have been called to His right side.

History through images...

Foundation Stone of Jerusalem Mar Thoma Syrian Church with date October 2, 1983

Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony

(L-R) Rev.Koshy Mathew (Vicar), Mr.George Mathew (Secretary) Rt.Rev. Joseph Mar Irenaeus

Fellowship Lunch after Foundation stone laying ceremony

(L to R) Prof. P.J.Kurien, Rev. K S Mathew, Rt.Rev. Joseph Mar Iraneus, Shri Jagpravesh Chandra (Chief Executive concilor of Delhi), Mr.George Mathew (Secretary), Rev.Koshy Mathew (Vicar)

Church Building Dedication procession led by the lay leaders

Church Building Dedication

Rt.Rev. Joseph Mar Iraneus, assisted by Rt.Rev.Zacharias Mar Theophilos, and Rev. Pritam Sangram (CNI Secretary)

Church Building Inauguration - Public Meeting 

(L to R) Rev. Koshy Mathew (Vicar), Prof.P.J.Kurien (M.P.), Shri H.L.Kapur (Hon. Lt. Governor of Delhi), Rt.Rev. Joseph Mar Iraneus, Rt.Rev.Zacharias Mar Theophilos, Shri. Jagpravesh Chandra (Chief Ex. Councilor of Delhi)



Updated on Friday, September 23, 2011